COURSE RATIONALE: Every student should have an understanding of the history of the country they live in. History helps them to know who they are. History of one’s country helps explain actions/policies that are practiced in that country and the interaction/interdependence upon other nations. CATALOG DESCRIPTION: HIS 150: History of the United States, 1877 to Present. This course deals with the United States from 1877 to the present. Such topics as the transformation to an urban-industrial nation, the emergence of the U.S. as a world power including the world wars and the Depression. The last part of the course describes the Cold War, the civil rights movement, Vietnam and the new politics. This course may be taken before HIS 149.