HIST 360 SP 2015 3

Topics: United States, World War II, Cold War Pages: 6 (2101 words) Published: February 2, 2015
History 360: American Military History
Old Dominion University
Spring Semester, 2015
0210 Education Building
TR: 3:00 P.M.—4:15 P.M.

Dr. Timothy J. Orr
Department of History
Office: 8018 Batten Arts and Letters Building
Mailbox: 8054 Batten Arts and Letters Building
Email: torr@odu.edu
Office Hours: TR, 12:30 P.M.—1:15 P.M., or by appointment

Goals: History 360 is an upper-level course designed to familiarize students with important concepts in the history of America’s Military. This course will survey the significant events, personalities, and changes in military affairs that occurred between the colonial period and the present day. Students are expected to grasp complex theories and ideas pertaining to the interpretation of American Military History.

Requirements: Students are required to attend all classes and are expected to keep up with the assigned readings. Students are also expected to submit four graded writing assignments and participate on four discussion days. Finally, each student is expected to complete an in-class mid-term and a final examination held during the University’s prescribed examination day.

Grade Breakdown:

Writing Assignments: 30% (10% each)
Final Project: 15%
Participation: 5%
Mid-term: 25%
Final Exam: 25%

Writing assignments: Students will submit three typed response papers, each 3-5 pages (750 to 1,200 words) in length, in response to three assigned books. These assignments are due on February 3, March 3, and April 7. They will be in response to J. K. Martin’s and Edward Lender’s A Respectable Army, Perry Jamieson’s and Grady McWhiney’s Attack and Die, and Robert Leckie’s Helmet for My Pillow. To receive a high grade, each student must demonstrate four things: First, each student must concisely and accurately explain the book’s central argument. (Since Leckie’s book is a memoir, there will not be an argument as such, but a central theme. Identify the central theme.) State the thesis clearly in the first paragraph. Second, each student must summarize the evidence or examples utilized by the author. Third, each student must offer an analytical critique of the book. (This means critiquing the scholarship, not the author’s writing style). Fourth, students must cite their sources, and to do this, they must use footnotes or endnotes. (For assistance in the proper format, see http://press.uchicago.edu/books/turabian/turabian_citationguide.html.) Emailed papers will not be accepted. Late papers will not be accepted except in the case of emergencies, and in case of those emergencies, students must provide proof that the emergency situation occurred.

Final Project. On April 28, students will submit a final project paper, 7-10 pages (1,750 to 2,500 words) in length. Read the final book assigned to this course, Craig Mullaney’s The Unforgiving Minute, and write a critical review of it. Adhere to the guidelines described in the section on “writing assignments.” However, in explaining Mullaney’s argument, your final project must do two additional things. First, it must clearly define the “unforgiving minute.” What did Mullaney mean by this phrase? Second, this paper must identify, in your own opinion, the five most important moments in Mullaney’s military education. What five moments most well-prepared him for combat? Students must appropriately cite their sources. (Use the Chicago Manual of Style—see http://press.uchicago.edu/books/turabian/turabian_citationguide.html—or proper citation format.) Emailed papers will not be accepted. Late papers will not be accepted.

Participation: On February 3, March 3, April 7, and April 28, students are expected to have read the books assigned for those days. They are expected to participate in an informal discussion of the material with their classmates and instructor. Non-participation in these discussions may result in a 0% for each student’s participation grade.

Mid-term: On March 5, students will take an...
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