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William B. Piggot
HSTAA 202
Seattle Campus

American Foreign Policy, 1776 -Present

Surveys the history of American foreign relations.

Class description

This class will survey the history of United States foreign relations from 1776 to the present. More specifically, it will examine the ideological, political, and economic factors that have shaped the United States' perceptions of and actions towards the world. The course will examine in detail broad strategic/ideological themes such as Manifest Destiny, American Exceptionalism, as well as the United States' complicated relationship to broad global trends such as imperialism, anti-colonialism, Communism, and economic globalization. It will do so by examining major events and eras such as the Revolionary War era; Indian Removal; Westward Expansion and the Mexican-American War; Imperial Expansion in the Pacific and Latin America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; World Wars I and II; and the Cold War era.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, Discussions, Films

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites, although some background in US history and/or international relations would be useful.

Class assignments and grading

Mid-Term Examination; Final Examination; Class Participation

Mid-Term, 35%; Final Examination, 35%; Class Participation, 30%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by William B. Piggot
Date: 05/07/2009