History of the Vietnam War
I. Course Prefix/Number: HIS 121
Course Name: History of the Vietnam War
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
2. the domestic and foreign-policy considerations that guided the decision-makers in the United States as they made policy at the various stages of the war,
3. the ebb and flow of the war itself,
4. the factors that ultimately led the United States to disengage from the conflict in Vietnam, and
5. the factors that led to the communist victory.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
B. The First Vietnam War: the Vietminh v. the French
C. Dienbienphu and After: The Eisenhower Years
D. Ngo Dinh Diem: America’s Mandarin Fights His Own War
E. Vietnam is the Place: The Kennedy Years, Counterinsurgency, Escalation, and the End of Diem
F. Deepening Commitment, Disorder, and Decision: The Early Johnson Years
G. America’s Enemy: The Vietnamese People North and South
H. The U.S. Takes Over the War: The Later Johnson Years
I The War at Home: The Domestic Conflict Over the War
J. Tet: The Offensive and Its Impact
K. Vietnamization: The Early Nixon Years
L Fallout from the War: Cambodia and Laos
M. “Peace With Honor:” The Later Nixon Years
N. Communist Victory
O. Legacies and Lessons
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Students will be required to write outside of class the equivalent of 12 15 typed pages of material that will be graded. This writing may take the form of a research or term paper, summaries of Journal articles, and/or a series of shorter analytical papers.
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
At least one exam will be given in addition to other required papers and assignments.
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.