National University




HIS363 U.S. Since World War I

Lead Faculty: Dr. Daniel R. Thorburn

Course Description

Examines social, economic, cultural, and political contours of modern America from 1920 to the present, including Great Depression, social dimensions of World War II, affluence and anxieties of 1950s, political and social movements of 1960s, and challenges of structuring a new global political economy in the 1970s and after.

Learning Outcomes

  • Assess the tensions of laissez-faire capitalism amid the changed circumstances of work, production, and international exchange in the early 20th century.
  • Comprehend the disintegration of international arrangements in the 1930s and the impact upon American interests and institutions in the 1940s.
  • Explain the ideological and political uses of anti-communism as an instrument of containment in foreign and domestic policy.
  • Chart the social and cultural challenges and transformations of American experience during the Sixties era.
  • Specify the key problems facing American society in the post-Cold War period.