HIST 245 The U.S. in World Affairs 1898 to Present • 5 Cr.


Examines U.S. relations with the rest of the world since 1898. Topics include external and internal factors influencing foreign policy, the development of an overseas empire, the world wars, the Cold War, the rise to superpower status, globalization, and challenges in the post-Cold War world. May be used as social science or humanities credit, not both, at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Analyze and critically evaluate primary and secondary sources.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Identify and assess the impact of domestic political, economic, social, and cultural developments on foreign policy in the twentieth century.
  • Compare and contrast the successes and failures of various foreign policies throughout the twentieth century.