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HIST 338 - American Foreign Policy


Credits: (3)
This course is organized around crucial figures and moments in the history of United States foreign policy from the late 19th Century into the 21st Century, when the U.S. presented itself and came to be perceived as a world power. The course explores the extent and the limits of that power and the interplay between foreign relations and internal political/cultural developments in the United States. Along the way, students entertain questions about American exceptionalism, religion and foreign policy, and the future of America’s role in the world. As students examine policy statements, presidential addresses, biographies of foreign policy elites, and cultural artifacts of U.S. power, they will assess the enduring struggle to balance power and principles. This course has been designed with history, political science, and international studies majors in mind but all enthusiastic students are welcome. The course capstone includes two document-based exams and a 7-10 page essay; however, students write continuously in this course. Students will also benefit from special presentations by active practitioners in the field of diplomacy and international relations/business. PSCI 338



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