HIS 266 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                               Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts - Humanities, Liberal Arts – Social Science, Science, Business Administration


Course Number and Title:           HIS 266, Military History of the Civil War


Credit Hours:   3                  Hours/Wk Lecture:  3         Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:   



I.              Catalog Description:         Analyzes military campaigns of the Civil War, including factors contributing to the defeat of the Confederacy and problems created by the war. May include field trips to Civil War sites in the region. Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 


A democratic system requires the informed judgment of all of its citizens and therefore a study of history should help prepare students from every field for responsible citizenship in their increasingly complex and interdependent world.  A study of the Civil War contributes to a student’s informed judgment and responsible citizenship through the analysis of:

·         The cause – effect relationship in historical events

·         The impact of science and technology on major social, cultural, economic, and political institutions with a special emphasis on the scientific and technological impact on the military and making war.

·         Leadership qualities of important historical figures: civilian and military

·         Change and permanence in societies

·         Problems that were solved or created by war; problems unresolved by war

·         Different values, ethics and judgments shown by different societies


III.           Required background:   


Non-developmental in reading and writing


IV.          Course Content:


Major topics to be covered include:

1.    Military Terms and Strategy

2.    Long-Term Effects of the Civil War

3.    Causes of the Civil War

4.    Socioeconomic Structure of the “Antebellum South”

5.    Major Military Campaigns

6.    The Civil War Home Front

7.    Reasons for the Defeat of the Confederacy

8.    The Results of the Civil War


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.   Demonstrate knowledge of the course content

B.   Be able to critically explain long-term effects of the Civil War and the socio-economic structure of the “Antebellum South.”

C.   Demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of interpretations of the Civil War and the conditions which influence historical events.

D.   Be able to critically justify and/or dismiss competing interpretations of historical events.

Students will demonstrate proficiency through a combination of quizzes, oral presentations, critical essays, term papers or other assignments as determined by each faculty member.  This class requires a research project which involves accessing sources of historical information outside the required text for the course.  This project will be defined by each faculty member.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding

Information Literacy