HIS330 U.S. Military History

for S2I 2011

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HIS 330 U.S. Military History


S2I 2011 EM


Zier, Connor B.


Adjunct Faculty


B.A.: History

Office Location

Stateroom, Officer's Country

Office Hours

1700-1800 daily, or by email

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates


Class Days


Class Time




Credit Hours



"For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States of America" by Millett, Allan R. & Peter Maslowski
"Major Problems in American Military History" by Chambers II, John Whiteclay & G. Kurt Piehler

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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 hose the nation things about, prepares for, and conducts warfare. The course will examine the interaction of the military, cultural, social, institutional, and international factors that have shaped U.S. Military history. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I will be using a lecture-based method, teaching from the textbooks supplied as well as an outline handout I have prepared.  Classroom interaction and guided discussion of the assigned readings will be the primary methed of learning, with occasional quizzes that will have no bearing on the final grade, but to serve both as a reminder for the student to review past lessons and a way for me to gauge general trends in retention and understanding among the students. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Interpret and analyze the “American way of war”
  2. Describe and compare American military models
  3. Analyze changing American military policies and goals
  4. Examine American military use of technology
  5. Analyze American relationship with, preparation for, and application of war

Core Assessment:

Core Assessment Grading Rubric: Due at the end of Week 6

Abstract (10 points): The abstract should be 40-60 words in length.

Thesis Statement (10 points): introduction with clear thesis statement

Your Analysis (50 points):

1. America’s paradoxical love-hate relationship with war

2. How this relationship influences American warfare

Conclusion (10 points): conclusion paragraph that reiterates key points

Writing Mechanics (20 points):

Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling, Length, Paper format, Chicago Style OR MLA Style for non-History Majors

Communication Skills covered by these "writing mechanics" are part of the class rubric - see the course syllabus. This is also important to the discipline of History so that you can clearly convey your ideas to your reader. Keep in mind, however, that the large majority of the paper's point value (80%)  is based on the content.

Total Possible: 100 points

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
There will be two examinations and a paper.


Two Exams, 100 points each
One paper, 100 points
Attendance/Participation, 10 points
310 points total

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students should strive to meet the assigned due dates for the stages of the paper, but the focus is on completion rather than timeliness, given the wide range of schedules and hectic operational tempo aboard the ship.  Therefore, late work will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, with the understanding that personal responsibility in the students is expected to prevent the work from becoming overwhelming.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Since discussion is a major tenet of the learning process, active participation is not only expected, it is part of the grade.  However, arguing between students, excessive profanity, and other unprofessional behavior will not be tolerated.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The paper will be broken down into stages to demonstrate a standard method for writing academic papers.  Each stage will have a due date, culminating in the paper itself due by the end of the semester. 

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
Lying, cheating, or stealing will not be tolerated.

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96
The difference between "Excused" or "Unexcused" is as simple as an email.  If it is work related, expect me to follow up with your OIC, as well as meet with you to discuss the assigned reading and pass anything shared in class.  This way you can still earn your participation grade.

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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation and synthesize information from sources                                                                                                                                                                                                         
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Superior selection of source information to answer the question

Adequate selection of source information to answer the question Inadequate selection of source information to answer the question  
Content of Communication: grammar/punctuation/spelling/typing/sentence structures/readability/paragraphing                                                                                                                                                 
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0 errors in grammar/punctuation/spelling/typing/sentence structures/documentation.  Superior organization and readability.  Superior thesis with support. 1 to 3 errors in grammar/punctuation/spelling/typing/sentence structures/documentation.  Adequate organization and  readability.  Adequate thesis with support. 4 to 6 errors in grammar/punctuation/spelling/typing/sentence structures/documentation.  Inadequate organization and readability.  Inadequate thesis and support.  
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Superior analysis of community and civic responsibility as applied to two military models Adequate analysis of community and civic responsibility as applied to two military models Inadequate analysis of community and civic responsibility as applied to two military models  


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