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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Vietnam Veterans Suffering, Activism, and Memory (HIS-422)


Varies (self-study, self-paced).

Various, distance learning format.

March 2022 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: trace the development of public attitudes towards Vietnam veterans: compare and contrast Vietnam veterans with those of previous U.S. wars: explain the consequences of the Vietnam War on veterans as they returned home: identify the main readjustment struggles faced by Vietnam veterans; describe the struggles of activists who sought to help Vietnam veterans: achieve familiarity with government services provided for Vietnam veterans and the controversies surrounding them; describe the position of different political leaders towards Vietnam veteran activism: deduce inferences about cultural productions based on the way they portray the Vietnam War and its veterans; explain the role of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in public memory of the Vietnam War and its veterans; and illustrate the influence of the Vietnam War and its aftermath on future United States foreign policy.


Vietnam Veterans Suffering, Activism, and Memory (HIS-422) assesses students' knowledge of the experience of Vietnam veterans in the United States, focusing on the areas of suffering, activism, and memory. The problems of readjustment, PTSD, and Agent Orange exposure are among the issues discussed. The study of activism begins with veterans’ protesting the war, and continues to advocacy, lobbying, and hunger strikes for government services for Vietnam veterans and compensation for Agent Orange victims. The role of Vietnam veterans in pursuing and attaining elective office is also discussed. American attitudes towards veterans and the Vietnam War itself are examined from initial stereotypes through reconciliation via public tributes and the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Varying attitudes towards the Memorial are examined as well as the role of the Vietnam veteran in popular culture.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in History (2/22).