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UNITED STATES IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT (HIS-243394)

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Course Description:


This course seeks to explore the development of the United States as a global power and evaluate the sources of the nation’s domestic and international strength. Students will become familiar with Joseph Nye’s theory of “soft power” and “hard power” as sources of national strength, which will provide a framework for students to evaluate American institutions and America’s participation in the global arena. Students will learn how America developed into an urban, industrial nation and entered the global arena economically and politically in the twentieth century. The course will explore America's economic development and strategies to position itself in a global context. We will pay particular attention to foreign affairs of the past 50 years and explore specific events to understand their importance. Students will read a basic text familiarizing them with the history of America in a global context, explore several historical case studies, and read two provocative books that will force them to think critically about the actions of the United States supporting economic growth and positioning itself as a global power.

Prerequisite: Advanced level reading, research and writing skills.

This course meets the General Education requirement in American History.


This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: American History-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Jan. Sep.

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