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History (HIST)

HIST 159 (GH;US) (CRIMJ 159) History of the FBI (3) Survey of the FBI's history with special emphasis on civil rights and liberties and bureaucratic development.

HIST (CRIMJ) 159 History of the FBI (3)
(GH;US)

The History of the FBI introduces students to the 100-plus years history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. With such a long history, studying the FBI engages students with each of the various historical time periods from the late 19th century to the present, including Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, Progressive Era, First World War, the New Era, the Great Depression, the Second World War, the Cold War, post-Cold War, Age of Terrorism, and contemporary history. Students will understand the evolution of Federal law enforcement, bureaucracy, the increasing power of the Executive branch, the targeting of various minority groups, civil rights and civil liberties issues, and the growth of a national security role for the federal government over time. In its long history the FBI has intersected with a wide variety of groups and issues, and this reality will further expose students to the histories of African Americans, gays and lesbians, women’s groups, Latinos, Native Americans, war protestors, students, various political dissenters, immigrants, targeting of morality, obscenity, and labor organizing.

Because the FBI is responsive to both the political and policy interests of presidents and the influences of American society, students will come to appreciate the influences that politics has on bureaucracy and law enforcement, as well as the different social, political, economic, and cultural influences that each historical time period have exerted on the FBI to help shape its priorities and structure.


General Education: GH
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2014

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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