HIS330 U.S. Military History

for S2I 2012

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HIS 330 U.S. Military History


S2I 2012 EM


Captain James T. O'Shaughnessy


Instructor of U.S. History/Adjunct Faculty


BA, The Ohio State University

Office Location


Office Hours

as needed




Semester Dates

01 May 2012 - 31 October 2012

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



For the Common Defense : A Military History of the United States of America, Revised and Expanded
For the Common Defense : A Military History of the United States of America, Revised and Expanded
RequiredEdition: REV 94 • Millet, Allan R.
ISBN: 0029215978

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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:
My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, discussions, readings, quizzes, essays and videos. Through these different media I will encourage each student to explore the ideas, issues, and contradictions of the history of the American military in order to develop critical thinking and arugmentation skills.

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:

Each student will be assigned an argumentative essay which explores the paradox of the American military (see above).  This essay will be worth 100 points toward each student's final grade.
Each student will also have ten reading quizzes assigned randomly by the instructor which will account for another 100 points toward each student's final grade.  Although there will be more than ten quizzes administered, only the ten best quiz scores will count for each student's final grade.
Each student will also be evaluated based on classroom participation.  This score will be based on 50 total points available
100 points (paper)
100 points (quizzes)
  50 points (participation)
250 total class points




233-250 points



213-232 points



193-212 points



173-192 points


68% and Below

172 points and below

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All course work is due on the due date.  Late submissions of course work will result in a one-letter-grade drop in value for each class session that passes in which the assignment is not completed.  The quizzes at the beginning of each class session can not be made up.  However, each student's final quiz grade will be comprised of only the ten best quiz scores. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The most important consideration to remember is that we are all here to learn together.  The classroom environment should be one that fosters the free exchange of ideas.  Therefore, each student will be expected to treat his/her peers with dignity and respect.  Each student can also expect the same treatment in return.  See the Park University Student Code of Conduct for further guidance on this issue.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1

1 Diverse Approaches to American Military History Chambers, 1-34
A Dangerous New World, 1607-1689   
The Colonial Wars, 1689-1763 
Millett, xi-50  
Chambers, 48-63

Week 2

The American Revolution, 1763-1783    
The American Revolution;  Who fought and why
Millett, 51-87 
Chambers, 75-92
Preserving the New Republic's Independence, 1783-1815
The New Nation, the Military, and the American Way of War
Millett, 88-122  
Chambers, 96-116

 Week 3  

The Armed Forces and National Expansion, 1815-1860
The Army, Professionalism, Jacksonian Democracy, and Manifest Destiny
Millett, 123-161
Chambers, 120-150
The Civil War, 1861-1862
Generals, Soldiers, and the Civil War
Millett, 162-202
Chambers, 169-184

Week 4

The Civil War, 1863-1865
Generals, Soldiers, and the Civil War
Millett, 203-247
Chambers, 152-168
From Postwar Demobilization Toward Great Power Status, 1865-1898
Indian Wars on the Great Plains
Millett, 248-283
Chambers, 187-218

Week 5  


The Birth of an American Empire, 1898-1902    
Armed Forces and an Expanding World Power                            
Millett, 284-315
Chambers, 221-231


Building the Military Forces of a World Power, 1899-1917
Armed Forces and an Expanding World Power
Millett, 316-345
Chambers, 232-245

Week 6

The United States Fights in the "War to End All Wars," 1917-1918
World War I:  The Challenge of Modern War
Millett, 346-379
Chambers, 248-275
Military Policy Between the Two Wars, 1919-1939
Innovation in the Interwar Period
Millett, 380-412
Chambers, 277-307
Abstract due

Week 7


The United States and World War II, 1939-1943
World War II:  Ground Combat in Europe and the Pacific
Millett, 413-449
Chambers, 310-336


The United States and World War II, 1943-1945
World War II:  Strategic Bombing in Europe and Asia
Millett, 450-493
Chambers, 339-371
Week 8 


Cold War and Hot War:  Nuclear Deterrence and Collective Security
Millett, 494-530


Waging Cold War:  U.S. Policy for Extended Deterrence Containment
The Korean War and MacArthur's Leadership
Millett, 531-569
Chambers, 374-406
Week 9


In Dubious Battle:  The War for Vietnam & the Erosion of U.S. Military Power
The Vietnam War:  Political-Military Decisions and Combat Experiences
Millett, 570-606
Chambers, 409-442


The Common Defense and the End of the Cold War, 1976-1993
After the Cold War
The Persian Gulf War and Peacekeeping in the Post-Cold War World
Millett, 607-646
Millett, 647-652
Chambers, 445-486
Week 10


Course wrap up and review    

Research Paper Due

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  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

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Additional Information:
The instructor does NOT offer extra credit!


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
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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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