HST 115 : Twentieth Century Social History-1919 to the Present

This course consists of a critical analysis of the major American domestic values, beliefs, and institutions as they changed over the 20th century with a special emphasis on the post-1945 era. Students develop the ability to use historical information to understand the current state of the U.S. and to explain the social and historical circumstances that led to major initiatives and events of the twentieth century. Students identify the forms of human interaction as they evolved in the increased demands for justice and fairness and the varied responses to the restructuring of the U.S. economy in the post-industrial age. Three lecture hours per week. Competency met: Historic Awareness (5.1), Social Phenomenon (5.4), Ethical Dimensions (7.0). Fall, Spring, Summer


A passing score on the College's reading and English placement tests or C or better or concurrent enrollment in ENG 091 or ENG 092

  1. Formulate an understanding of the development of American institutions as they evolved over the 20th century.
  2. Identify the dynamics of power as they have evolved and changed over time in regards to culture, social class, the economic order, government, race and gender, violence and crime, poverty and powerlessness, and the environment.
  3. Summarize the major events of the 20th century in the United States.