GCC HIS 207
Instructor: Mr. John Mangefrida
Class: A/C days Block 1 Upton Hall
Telephone: (585) 343-2480 Ext. 7351
This course will introduce the student to the military heritage of the
The course covers the two World Wars, the Cold War, and operations other than war in the period since the end of the Cold War. The modernization of weaponry and communications and the extension of military activities in air and space are examined. The course requires extensive reading and research.
Text: Morris, James M. America’s Armed Forces 2nd ed.
Class Attendance is very important. Failure to attend class regularly can result in loss of credit. Should you miss a class you must see me before the next class. Students may make up missed classes on Tuesday during War Lab
Active participation in classroom discussion and activities is just important as reading and writing on your own.
We will cover a large amount of textbook material. For every chapter, I highly suggest that you outline any chapter and other reading assignments that are assigned. All the chapter and other reading assignments can be found on the web page. Reading assignments will also be available in a read file at the Library.
There may be a quiz at the start of every class. The quizzes may be multiple choice, short answer or oral. The quizzes are meant to measure class preparation. Students who complete assignments and complete chapter readings should have very little difficulty in achieving high grades on quizzes. I plan to give at least a quiz every week with a maximum of 15 total quizzes. Each quiz will be worth 10 points. Missed quizzes may be made up during War Lab on Tuesdays.
Two exams will be given in class during the weeks of March 11th and April 30th. These exams may feature multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and or short answer questions. Each exam will have a value of 50 points.
You will be given an essay assignment that will be worth 50 points.
Final Project and Presentation:
A final project must be completed for a final grade in to class. The project will consist of a 5-10 page research paper along with an oral presentation on a major military battle, event or biography. The Research paper and presentation will be worth 100 points each.
Your course grade will be computed using the following values:
Quizzes 150 points A = 400 – 350 points
Exams 100 points B = 349 – 300 points
Essay 50 points C = 299 – 250 points
Final Project 200 points D = 249 – 200 points
Total Points 400 points F = below 200 points
The War Lab will be held in Room 73 on Tuesdays from
You will be encouraged to attend lab sessions during the semester. The lab sessions are designed to help you through this course. I will be available to help you with any aspect of the course work.
1. Work is due on announced due dates. Late work is NOT accepted. PERIOD.
2. All written work must be typed, double-spaced, font no larger than 14pt.
Failure to abide by this rule will result in your paper being returned upgraded.
3. It will be your responsibility to check with me for any class missed
4. All class information and announcements may be found on the War Homepage located on my web site.
At the conclusion of the course, based upon extended writing, examination questions and
classroom activities, students will be able to:
1. Identify at least five features of the American armed forces at beginning of the twentieth century.
2. Evaluate at least three effects of the war against
3. Assess at least three examples of American military expeditions in
4. Assess the four types of small wars involving the
terms of their impact on American military strategy.
5. Evaluate at least five ways World War One reshaped the organization of the American military.
6. Assess at least four effects of military life and wartime experiences on the men and women of the
American armed forces during World War Two.
7. Identify at least five factors that shaped American strategy in
8. Compare and contrast the competing American strategies in the Pacific during World War II.
9. Assess the effectiveness of at least two Post-World War Two military alliances.
10. Identify at least three factors leading to the development of a military industrial complex in Post-World
War II America.
11. Evaluate four ways that atomic weapons reshaped American military strategy in the Cold War.
12. Identify at least four reasons for the failure of
13. Evaluate at least three effects of the communist collapse in the
14. Assess four effects of the Gulf and
15. Identify four ways the role of the National Guard and Reserves has changed since 1945.
16. Demonstrate knowledge of a basic narrative of modern American history by answering a set of
questions on American politics, public policy, and society in the context of the causes of the
into the wars of the 20th century, including the strategies and conduct of the wars, significant war time
battles, and the consequences of the conflicts for American society and the world at large. *
17. Select a major battle, event or biography in American military history and produce a 5 -10 page
research paper and present a 10 minute oral report with outline, showing the significance of this event.
The information used in the project will be based upon library research involving a minimum of three
sources utilizing online full-text data bases (information management).*
18. Demonstrate an understanding of
answering questions on American politics, public policy, and society in the context of the causes of the
for American society and the world at large. *
* This course objective has been identified as a student-learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.
Introduction into the American Military
- Teacher: John Mangefrida