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Foundations of American Foreign Policy


This course was available in the past and may be presented again as part of the Open Enrollment curriculum.

Foundations of American Foreign Policy would aim to examine and assess the foreign relations of the United States from its founding period until its rise as a global power with the Spanish American War in 1898. The goal of this course would be to understand the foundational principles, ideas, and ideals of U.S. foreign policy. Course readings and discussions would consider America's stated founding ideals and patterns in subsequent policies, history and habit, national interests and ambitions. Reading would include original sources in order to assess the transformation of the U.S. from a small, fragile republic into a global power.

Course Outline

Required texts:

Bacevich, Andrew J. Ideas and American Foreign Policy: A Reader, Oxford University Press. 2018. ISBN 978-0-19-064540-3

Herring, George C. From Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1776, 2008. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-976553-9


Online registration deadline: Thursday, Sept 22 at 5 pm CT.

Course Syllabus