Modern American Military History – HIUS 380

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An in-depth study of United States military history in the 20th century.




The purpose of this course is to survey the various factors that contributed to the rise of American military power in the last century from that of a frontier force to a global power. The various perspectives and influences of leaders, the development of a uniquely American style of warfare, and the consequent impact on tactics, strategy, and operations will be traced from the Spanish-American War to the current War on Terror. This course will fulfill an exciting concentration requirement for the history major at Liberty University.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify major figures and events in American military history since 1900.
  2. Describe the development and changes in the American military since 1900.
  3. Explain how a variety of issues including political, economic, diplomatic, and cultural factors influenced American military development since 1900.
  4. Demonstrate advanced undergraduate competencies in reading comprehension, documentary analysis, research, and historical writing.
  5. Apply biblical principles in making interpretations of American military history.

Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes (FSLOs): Communication and information literacy (CIL)

Communication and information literacy

CIL 1: Discover and evaluate information to accomplish a specific purpose.

CIL 2: Communicate information effectively in the English language, orally and/or through writing, for a variety of purposes, using technology when appropriate.

CIL 3: Analyze and assess various forms of information and expression to determine their meaning, employing technology when relevant.

CIL 4: Demonstrate a basic understanding of the role of research and scholarship in order to apply it in various contexts.

CIL 5: Relate communication and information literacy to participation in God’s redemptive work

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

There will be 4 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each Discussion Board Forum. Each thread must be 250 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student must reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must 150 words in length. (CLO: B, C, D and; FSLO: 2, 3, 4)

Midterm Essay

The student will write a Midterm Essay in current Turabian format that focuses on World War II. The paper must include at least 3 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. The Midterm Essay must be a minimum of 3 pages in length. (CLO: A, B, C, D, and E; FSLO: CIL:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and CGE, 1)

Final Essay

The student will write a Final Essay in current Turabian format that focuses on American Military Experience. The paper must include at least 5 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. The Final Essay must be a minimum of 7 pages in length. (CLO A, B, C, D, and E; FSLO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 15 multiple-choice questions, and have a 60-minute time limit. (CLO A, B, and E; FSLO: 3)