Spring 2021

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

Listed in: History, as HIST-157


Vanessa Walker (Sections 01 and 02)


(Offered as HIST 157 [US/TE]) 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. Two class meetings per week.This course will be conducted in a hybrid format, with both in-person and on-line components as needed. Options for online-only participation will be available for those students unable to participate in person.

Two sections, limited to 18 students each. (6 seats in each section reserved for first-year students). Spring semester. Professor Walker.

If Overenrolled: preference given to history majors who have taken HIST 156, then to first- and second-year students.


Attention to Writing, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2021