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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: HIST 312
Course Title: Twentieth Century American Diplomatic History
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Diplomacy since 1890s and emergence of the nation as a world power. Prerequisite: HIST 122.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): HIST 122.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered even Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

U.S. Diplomatic History
By Clarfield, Gerard (Prentice Hall)
The American Age
By LaFeber, Walter (Norton)
U.S. Diplomacy Since 1900
By Schulzinger, Robert (Oxford University Press)
Course Objectives
  • To master knowledge to key events in twentieth century American diplomatic history.
  • To identify key trends associated with this topic.
  • To identify individuals responsible for shaping American diplomatic history.
    Measurable Learning
  • Identify major approaches in diplomacy.
  • Explain the interaction between domestic politics and foreign policy.
  • Describe the key factors that led to the Cold War.
  • Define the major ideological trends in U.S. foreign policy.
    Topical Outline:
  • American expansion
  • The open door
  • Gunboat and dollar diplomacy
  • World War I
  • Isolation and economic expansion
  • New Deal diplomacy
  • World War II
  • Early Cold War
  • Korean War
  • Liberation and rollback
  • Vietnam
  • Middle East crises
  • New economic order
  • Late Cold War confrontations
  • Post Cold War adjustments
    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

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    Prepared by: Michael Polley Date: September 1, 2007
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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