This course explores themes that surround the emergence of the United States as a modern entity since the end of the Civil War. 

Themes might include the impact of industrialization,  immigration,  and urbanization on American society during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries,  the expansion of the United States beyond its North American boundaries, its growing dominance during the wars and imperial realities of the twentieth century,  and the political ideologies and divisions surrounding the maturation of the modern nation. 

This course offers students the opportunity to study Modern American History from a thematic approach. The themes in this course will be national,  transnational,  or regional in scope,  presenting historical contingencies across geographic and cultural boundaries.

Themes will vary from year to year and will be determined by the instructor.

The course is designed to offer a flexible framework to support creative survey-level instruction.