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History 108: History of the Vietnam War
15 hours (6 weeks).
December 2013 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: illustrate the history of Indochina during the first half of the 20th century, the ascendance of Ho Chi Minh, the foreign policy of Roosevelt and Truman and the First Indochina War; examine Eisenhower's foreign policy, Ngo Dinh Diem's origins, his relationship with the U.S. and the birth of the Viet Cong; explain how Kennedy's advisors helped shape foreign policy during the war's early years, U.S. strategies and discuss the impact of events occurring in 1963, such as Kennedy's assassination; summarize the results of the Gulf of Tonkin Crisis, significant air campaigns, Johnson's decision to put troops on the ground, the first wave of American dissent and tactics employed by the People's Army of North Vietnam and the Viet Cong; categorize Nixon's plan to withdraw American forces and the secret operations in Cambodia and Laos, second wave of American dissent, especially in Congress and the negotiations leading to the Paris Peace Accords; identify early American engagements, the war's only airborne engagement, the North Vietnamese's Tet and Easter offensives and the American-led massacre at My Lai; and appraise the events leading to the Fall of Saigon, the Khmer Rouge's genocide in Cambodia, the communist takeover of Laos, and the impact of the war on veterans and subsequent U.S. foreign policy.
Major topics include: roots of the Vietnam War; unrest in Vietnam during the Eisenhower Years; John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and the Vietnam War; Vietnam War during the Nixon Years; major battles and offensives of the Vietnam War; and the Vietnam War after American involvement.
In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in History (12/16).