This course is an overview of the principal social, political, economic, and global events which have shaped the American experience since World War II. Understanding modern American history is a necessity in today's ever-changing world. This course aims to supply the tools for understanding current political, social, cultural, and economic problems in the U.S. by applying a historical perspective to analyze contemporary issues.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
Topics and Objectives
American Society in the Cold War Era: 1945–1960
- Identify how Cold War policies affected the American society.
- Explain American Cold War policies, practices, and events in the late 1940s and 1950s.
- Recognize popular culture and consumerism during the Eisenhower years.
Cultural Transformations of the Sixties: 1960–1973
- Discuss the domestic and foreign policies during the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.
- Identify events and individuals in the Civil Rights movement and the contributions of those involved.
- Explore major social movements and trends of the 1960s and early 1970s.
Economic, Political, and Social Adversity Challenges a Nation: 1973–1980
- Describe Carter’s presidency and his approach to domestic and foreign policy issues.
- Outline the major social and cultural transformations during the 1970s decade.
- Identify how media culture reflected American society in the 1970s.
The Reagan Revolution: 1980–1992
- Examine Ronald Reagan’s social, political, and economic views.
- Explain the role Reagan played in ending the Cold War, and discuss the legacy left for the
- United States, Russia, and the world.
- Examine the foreign policy actions, interventions, and militarization of the Reagan administration.
New Global Challenges and Opportunities: 1992 – Present
- Explain Clinton’s moderate domestic policies and his administration’s policy on U.S. intervention around the world.
- Summarize the social, political, and economic opportunities and challenges of American society in the new millennium.
- Identify how the War on Terror transformed modern U.S. foreign policy under Bush and Obama.
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While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. More information about eligibility requirements, policies, and procedures can be found in the catalog.
Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice.