History 2260 explores the history of the United States
since 1945. You do not have to take History 1130 or History 1140 before
you take this class, but they will help.
As in any history class you are expected to learn information, to analyze
and discuss aspects of it, and to answer questions that require you know
the facts and combine them in ways that will thoughtfully address complex
History 2260 fulfills three credits of the nine credits Social Science
graduation requirement for the College of DuPage Associate of Arts Degree.
Some Questions this course will help
- What caused the Cold War?
- Why didn’t the Cold War lead to a hot war between the US and
- Why are the poor countries poor and the rich countries rich?
- Why does the US have a military that is spread out over almost the
- Why do so many people live in the suburbs?
- How did working class Americans achieve a better standard of living
after WWII, and why is that standard of living declining now?
- What was Jim Crow?
- How did black people fight against racism and segregation? What did
- Why do we live in such a segregated world today?
- What caused the Vietnam War?
- What happened during the Vietnam War? Why did the US lose?
- What was feminism and why was it such a big deal?
- What was the Chicano movement?
- How did right wing politics come to dominate the American political
scene starting in the 1980s?
- How did the Cold War end?
- What happened on 9/11 and why?
- Why did the US invade Iraq and Afghanistan? What’s happened
in those wars?
- What caused the current economic crisis?
At the completion of this course the student
- To understand the political, intellectual, economic, and social developments
that have created the modern United States.
- To appreciate why historians attach such importance to primary sources
in writing history, and to learn how to assess sources of a variety
of types and from a variety of viewpoints.
- To have practiced reading and writing skills expected of an educated
- To have practiced critical thinking and analytical skills necessary
for a professional in any field.