HIST 250 U.S. Military History • 5 Cr.
An overview of the major wars fought by the U.S. and the political and strategic issues influencing the national response. May be used as a social science or humanities credit, not both, at BC.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Understand through timed exams, quizzes, and research papers the importance of armed conflict in American history.
- Analyze the organization and command structure of the American military.
- Explain how the technological evolution of weapons and warfare has altered the perception and practice of arms by the American military.
- Demonstrate an understanding through written assignments and in discussion of the importance of tactics, strategy, and intelligence in warfare.
- Assess the roles and personalities of major military figures in American history, such as George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Robert E. Lee, William Sherman, U.S. Grant, John Pershing, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur.
- Recognize through written essays and timed exams the pivotal role of the American Civil War in the military history of the United States.
- Explain the tactical situation relevant to a campaign or battle, such as Bull Run, Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, and Shiloh.
- Explain how the U.S. military has operated effectively overseas through development of logistical capability
- Analyze the impact of new technologies, such as submarines, aircraft, missiles upon armed conflict.