Recent History of the United States
Examines selected topics in U.S. history, from the 1950's to the present. Students explore topics such as Cold War culture, popular culture, gender roles, the modern civil rights movement(s) and other social movements. Particular attention is paid to domestic politics, from the rise of Lyndon B. Johnson's "Great Society" to Ronald Reagan and the rise of the "New Right." A primary objective of this course is for students to explore the interplay of culture, politics, and society (and the analytical constructs of race, gender, and class), as they study the origins of issues relevant to contemporary society. Offered alternate fall terms.