US Foreign Relations: 1600s to 1970s

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Americans have always debated their foreign relations policies, their nation’s place in the world, their wars, their overseas commitments, and the impact of their values and power. In 1783, George Washington proclaimed the United States a rising empire, and by the close of World War II it was one of the world's superpowers.  Why and how did the U.S. expand into a political, military, economic and cultural colossus in those years?  What were the values, traditions and policies that informed the achievement of that power?  In this course, we will study the history of U.S. foreign relations, beginning with the diplomacy of the 18th and 19th centuries and then concentrating on the years from 1898 into the early years of the Cold War.  Spring 2023 tuition is $699.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Deeper knowledge of US history through the study of foreign relations
  • An understanding of why the United States is viewed as one of the few remaining superpowers today

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.