Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

David Neely
N SCI 112
Seattle Campus

History of U.S. Sea Power I

A comprehensive study of the role of sea power in the history of the United States, the current status of the various elements of the nation's sea power as they influence the development and implementation of national security policy. Offered: W.

Class description

Naval Science 112 is a comprehensive survey of the role of sea power in the history of the United States. We begin with sea power in the ancient Mediterranean world, trace the development of sea power in Europe and the United States, and then study the evolution of American sea power to the eve of World War II. We will examine how national strategies, policies, doctrine, leaders, and technological developments affected U.S. sea power, and how the development of U.S. sea power shaped national strategy and policy.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and interactive discussion.

Recommended preparation

American Naval History, 3rd edition, Sweetman, Jack The Naval Institute Historical Atlas of the U.S. Navy, Symonds, Craig L. Sea Power: A Naval History, 2nd edition, Potter, E. B. This People’s Navy, Hagan, Kenneth J.

The text Quarterdeck & Bridge, Bradford, James C., is required for presentations on certain historical figures. All textbooks are the property of the NROTC Unit. Texts will be issued on the first day of class and must be returned on the day of your final examination.

Class assignments and grading

Required readings must be completed before each class period. Classroom discussions are meant to complement the readings, not substitute for them. Periodic quizzes may be given to assess your preparation and understanding. Each student is required to give an oral presentation about a famous naval figure from the period we are studying.

Examination I: 25% Examination II: 25% Oral Presentation: 25% Quizzes/participation: 25%


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.
Additional Information
Last Update by David Neely
Date: 12/27/2004