Spring 2015

The U.S. in the World: 1898 to the Present

Listed in: History, as HIST-157


Vanessa Walker (Section 01)


[US] This course investigates the United States’ foreign relations in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and seeks to understand why and how it has become increasingly involved in world affairs. Starting with the War of 1898 and closing with the contemporary global war on terrorism, it examines the interplay of domestic and foreign considerations that have defined the “American Century.” This period raises important questions about the nature of American power in relation to traditional empires. The course asks students to think critically about the United States in the context of imperialism and explore how Americans, both in and out of government, sought to reconcile domestic values and identities with the country’s growing global presence. It investigates the ideological, economic, political, social, racial, and security considerations that shaped America’s emergence as a world power and formed the basis of modern American foreign policy and domestic society.  Three class meetings per week.

Limited to 60 students. Spring semester.  Professor Walker.


If Overenrolled: preference given to history majors


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2017