Course Descriptions: Spring 2014 - HTY 607: Seminar in the History of U.S. Foreign Relations
Instructor: Elizabeth McKillen
Time: Thursday; 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Description: This course introduces students to methodological debates in the field of U.S. foreign relations history and guides them in conducting an original research project. Historians of U.S. foreign relations have traditionally focused their attention on diplomats, policymakers, and lobbyists, and have primarily utilized State Department and other government documents in their studies. But the parameters of the field have begun to expand to include the study of economic, cultural, and social interactions among subgroups from different nation-states. Historians of American foreign relations have also recently devoted increased attentions to class, race, and gender-based critiques of U.S. foreign policy. We will examine examples of both traditional and new approaches to select period in the history of U.S. foreign relations. Students will be allowed to choose tradition or nontraditional topics for their research projects.