History (HIST) 380

Twentieth-Century United States (Revision 2)

HIST  380 course cover

HIST 380 permanently closed, effective November 18, 2010.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Reading course - Humanities

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: HIST 379 (HIST 380 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HIST 379.)

Centre: Centre for State and Legal Studies

HIST 380 is not available for challenge


HIST 380 outlines major themes and events in the history of the United States during the twentieth century, when the United States became the world's dominant economic and military power. The impact of this global reach on the peoples of the United States is the major concern of the course. Although HIST 380 deals with major political developments in the United States, from Progressivism to the New Deal, through the Cold war, the Kennedy years, and the years of the Reagan counter-revolution, it is equally concerned with popular or social history.

The aspirations, achievements, and struggles of women, blacks, native peoples, and various immigrant groups are as much a part of the story of the evolving United States as the machinations of powerful politicians and capitalists. We attempt, however, to link the two stories—political and social—as much as possible to suggest the complicated and changing yrelationships between leaders and led, dominators and dominated, in American society from 1900 to the 1990s.


  • Unit 1: Progressivism, Poverty, and War
  • Unit 2: The Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression
  • Unit 3: Becoming a Superpower: The Road to World War II and the Cold War
  • Unit 4: America in the Age of Affluence
  • Unit 5: Movements of Resistance and the Neo-Conservative Response


To receive credit for HIST 380, you must complete all of the assignments, achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on the final examination, and obtain a course composite grade of at least “D”(50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Final Exam Total
20% 40% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Dubois, Ellen Carol, and Vicki L. Ruiz, 4th eds., 2008. Unequal Sisters: A Multi-Cultural Reader in U.S. Women's History. New York: Routledge.

Kolko, Gabriel. 1988. Confronting the Third World: United States Foreign Policy, 1945-1980. New York: Pantheon.

Moss, George. 1999. America in the Twentieth Century. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Other Materials

The course materials include a student manual.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2.

Updated January 21 2016 by Student & Academic Services