Richard K Hines
Doctor of Philosophy: Washington State University
DEGREE AT A GLANCE:
The Certificate in Civil War Studies is designed for students interested in the antebellum period, the Civil War years (1861 to 1865), and reconstruction era, and the social, cultural, economic, and political developments in the North and South. Students explore such topics as slavery and sectionalism, political challenges, presidential decision-making, military strategy and leadership, plus the operational command structure and campaign planning in relation to the evolution of tactical command and control at the various levels of war. Special emphasis focuses on the analysis and synthesis of historical interpretations as presented in the writings of prominent and influential historians.
The Civil War: Seminal Event in American History
This course is a study of the political, economic, cultural, and social aspects of the Civil War as a seminal event in our nation’s history. Students explore the causes of the war, how a nation coped with the struggle across multiple dimensions, and how we dealt with the conflict's aftermath. Special emphasis is on the continuing debate that the impact of the Civil War had on both the North and the South.
Antebellum America: Prelude to the Civil War
This course is an analysis of the conditions existing in the United States in the first half of the 19th century. The course focuses on the political, cultural/social, economic, security, leadership, and other issues that played roles in starting and shaping the Civil War. Students will analyze the issues in the context of war and peace to determine whether or not such conflicts as civil wars can be avoided prior to their inception.
Reconstruction and Post-Civil War America
This course is designed to examine the interrelationship between the Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson and the U.S. Congress, compare/contrast the Reconstruction plans developed by both, and determine why the Reconstruction Period played out in the manner that it did.
Studies in U.S Military History
This course examines the military heritage of the United States from the colonial period to the present time. Through an in-depth study of the extensive literature in American military history, students assess the key individuals, military policies, postures, organizations, strategies, campaigns, tactics, and battles that define the American military experience.
Civil War Strategy and Tactics
This course is a study of the American Civil War with emphasis on operational contributions of Union and Confederate military leadership. Students examine Civil War battles on two levels: the strategic doctrine as formed by the major commanders and tactical developments that affected the conduct of battle at a lower echelon of command. Special emphasis is on the interplay between these levels in order to gain a comprehensive view of strategy and tactics in both armies from 1861-1865.
Civil War Command and Leadership
This course is a study of national, theater, and operational command structures of the Union and Confederacy, the leadership styles of key military leaders on both sides, and the evolution of command and control in the war. Major themes include the relationship between the commanders in chief and the generals who led the armies in the field, the relationships between the generals themselves, and the ways in which the relationships described above either served to facilitate or debilitate the causes those commanders served.
Total Credits (18 Hours)
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