Fall 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will analyze twentieth-century U.S. foreign relations. We will examine the changing historical, political, social, and cultural relationships between the United States and other countries (i.e. the Soviet Union, Europe, etc.) in the postwar world. Our investigations will analyze issues such as ideological warfare, post-war politics, the nuclear arms race and atomic diplomacy, cultural exchange programs, détente, and national identity. The course will take a multidisciplinary approach to these issues. We will read select government documents and historical texts that provide a political perspective of U.S. foreign relations. We will also examine the changing social and cultural aspects of American foreign policy. The format of the class will consist of lectures and class discussions. We will also view select films and documentaries.
Susan A. Brewer, Why America Fights: Patriotism and War Propaganda from the Philippines to Iraq (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009 or 2011 edition).
John Lewis Gaddis, Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of American National Security Policy During the Cold War. Revised and expanded edition. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005).
Michael H. Hunt, Ideology and U.S. Foreign Policy. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009).
Don Munton and David A. Welch, The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Concise History. Second Edition. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).
Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2015).
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students will analyze primary and secondary sources throughout the semester. Exams, quizzes, essays, participation, and attendance will also constitute portions of the final grade.