HIST-152: Modern American History

Liberal Arts
Social Sciences
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Modern American History
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC.
Catalog Course Description

Covers the United States since the Civil War Period.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. The Gilded Age
  2. The American West
  3. Immigration
  4. Industrialization
  5. The Progressive Era
  6. World War One
  7. Interwar Foreign Relations
  8. The Great Depression
  9. World War Two
  10. The Cold War
  11. Domestic America and the Postwar Boom
  12. Deindustrialization and Economic Decline
  13. Post-Cold War America
  14. The War on Terrorism
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Outline time and chronology in Modern American History.
2. Identify, summarize, and analyze major elements of Modern American History.
3. Analyze cause and effect in Modern American History.
4. Trace elements of change and continuity in Modern American History.
5. Emphasize parallelism by describing the impact of major events, personalities, and places upon Modern American History.

Detailed Learning Objectives (Optional)

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Trace the changes brought to American society by immigration between the Civil War and the end of World War One.
2. Describe and explain the rise of the United States to hemispheric and then world power status between the Spanish-American War and World War Two.
3. Analyze changes in American politics from the Populist to Civil Rights Movements.
4. Identify the changes in the United States because of the rise of big business and the creation of an industrial and then post-industrial society in the 1990s.
5. Describe and explain how material life in the United States has changed the end of the Second World War.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement will be identified and implemented by the class instructor. Methods will include, but will not be limited to, individual projects, vocabulary, class participation (discussion and critiques), and tests.


Each instructor will select the teaching materials she/he feels are best suited to her/his course.


General Education Categories
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
MTA Categories
  • Category 4: Social Sciences
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2022
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Winter 2022