Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Departmental Honors


Political Science


Few events in American history have proved to be as divisive and controversial as U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. Although U.S. policy in Indochina has its roots in the Truman Administration, the two presidents most closely associated with the conflict are Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon. These two are particularly important because they both occupied the White House during the highest levels of direct U.S. involvement in the war. In terms of troop deployments to Southeast Asia, the level and intensity of U.S. involvement peaked under the Johnson Administration and it was at this time that the war began to be the focus of one of the largest and most controversial social-political movements that this country has ever seen.



Faculty Mentor

Carolyn Rhodes

Departmental Honors Advisor

Veronica Ward