HIS330 U.S. Military History

for S1I 2010

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HIS 330 U.S. Military History


S1I 2010 EM


Benson, Nicholas A.


Deployment Program Instructor


B.S. History, Honors, US Naval Academy

Office Location

Squadron Ready Room

Office Hours

All Office Hours by appointment via email





Semester Dates

25 Jan 10 - 15 Jul 10

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Major Problems in American Military History Edition: 1999 • Chambers, John Whiteclay II
These books can be purchaced through the campus book store by clicking on the title. 

Additional Resources:
Additional resources will include readings from, book, academic journals, films, and several primary source documents.  These will be provided or accessable through the internet.  

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Course Description:
HIS 330 U.S. Military History: This course is an overview of the U.S. Military experience from pre-Revolutionary to the Present with a focus on our national philosophy about war, how we as a people prepare for war, and how we conduct warfare, both in peacetime and during wartime. The course will examine the interaction of the military, cultural, social, institutional, and international factors that have shaped U.S. Military history, with a focus on leadership, technology, demographics, social influences and ethics.
Although this is a survey course, we will endeavor to not only answer the standard “who, what, and when” but look deeper to the “why and so what” questions that historians deal with every day.  In keeping with this approach, you will not only learn answers to historical questions but also what questions to ask of history.  You will learn skills to critically think about and analyze some of the issues that historians deal with everyday.  
Most classes will be reserved for lecture; but because much of modern American history has been recorded on film, we will view a substantial number of films as well.  All films will be considered to be the equavalent of lectures, and should be treated as such.  In addition, participation will be a part of your final grade, so be prepared to contribute in class.    

Class Assessment:
Class assignments will include, but are not limited to:  (2) Examinations, (1) Book Review, Daily quizzes, Film Reaction papers, other papers, and group presentations.  Each examination will cover the material for the first OR second half of the class.  In other words, there will be no comprehensive exam.  Each student will do a Book Review of one of the additional books listed later in the syllabus.  Daily quizzes will be administered during the first part of each lecture and will cover the required reading for that class.  All papers will be explained in detail as they become due.  Finally, as previously stated, participation will be a part of your final grade.  This includes class participation through offering opinions, ideas, and questions in class and short presentations on additional readings. 


Grading Philosophy: 
A is exceptional and an uncommon achievement.
B is above the average performance of a 1st or 2nd year college student and is earned by exceeding the standard.
C is the average expected of a 1st or 2nd year student and is earned by meeting the standard. 
D is below average and marginally meets the course standard. 
F is obviously failing to meet the course standard. 

Course Grading Scale:
A = 90 - 100% 
B = 80 - 89%  
C = 70 - 79% 
D = 60 - 69%  
F = < 60% 

Assessment Weight:
Exam 1 - 20%
Exam 2 - 20%
Book Review - 10%
Papers - 15%
Quizzes - 15%
Participation - 20%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments will be turned in on time.  There will be a (1) letter grade reduction in all assignments turned in late.  However, due to the nature of our working conditions while deployed, any significant issues with assignment due dates will be considered - as long as they are communicated to me BEFORE the assignment is due.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Classroom conditions while embarked will be inevitably ad hoc and variable.  Please be flexible with the conditions and I will do my best to provide the best learning environment possible for our lectures.  As far as your deportment: I expect each of you to be respectful of myself and each other.  Anything less will be addressed.  That being said, I do not expect any issues. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

See attached Syllabus File. 

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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Syllabus Assignments


This material is protected by copyright 2010 by Nicholas Benson, Capt, USMC, and can not be reused without author permission.

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