HST 116 : American Foreign Policy-1898 to the Present

This course provides a critical analysis of the major United States foreign policy trends of the 20th century with an emphasis on the historical roots of the nation's foreign policy and its diplomatic, political, economic, and military engagements with foreign nations. The issues are discussed in a global perspective and connections between historical and recent events are emphasized. This course aids students in their efforts to understand the principles of group behavior and how power is wielded among nations and how key groups in the U.S. weigh in on foreign policy decisions. Three lecture hours per week. Competency Met: Historic Awareness (5.1), Social Phenomenon (5.4), Ethical Dimensions (7.0) Fall, Spring, Summer


A passing score on the College's reading and English placement tests or concurrent enrollment in ENG 091 or ENG 092

  1. Define what foreign policy is generally and how a nation’s foreign policy is determined.
  2. Identify the key elements and events of US foreign policy through World War II.
  3. Describe and appraise US foreign policy from World War II to the present with a special emphasis on US relations with developing nations.
  4. Locate significant places studied on a world map.