Contemporary American Foreign Policy

Course Details

Course Number: 5853  Section Number: 101

Fall 2012

Location: Prothro-Yeager Hall

Classroom Number: 209

Days & Times:

Political Science 5853- GRADUATE

Contemporary American Foreign Policy

Fall 2012- LA 209 at 11:00 a.m. MWF


Professor:      Dr. Michael Preda


Office:                        Midwestern State University, O’Donohoe Bldg. 204

                        3410 Taft Blvd., Wichita Falls, TX 76308-2099


Office hours: M 10-11am; 1-3pm               TR   2-3:30pm

                        W 10-11am; 1-3pm              F     10-11am


Telephone:    940-397-4341                       Fax: 940-397-4865





Description:   This course is a study of politics and problems in United States foreign relations since World War II.



Mission:         Graduate students in this class will be evaluated separately from undergraduate students.  They will have additional research and writing assignments (see below).  Graduate students will be evaluated on the quality of their research efforts, written research papers, and oral presentations.  They are expected to provide in-depth analysis and synthesis of the subject matter.


Textbooks:     Rosati & Scott, Politics of United States Foreign Policy, 5th ed.  Boston: Wadsworth/Cengage, 2011. ISBN 9780495797241. 


                        Snow, Cases in American Foreign Policy, 1st ed.  Boston: Pearson, 2013.  ISBN: 9780205567935.


Exam Policy: Students are expected to take the exams on time.  If illness prohibits a student from taking an exam on time, please contact Dr. Preda immediately.


Attendance:  Attendance is mandatory. 










ments:            Exam 1           100 points     Wed. Oct. 3

                        Exam 2           100 points     Mon. Nov. 5

                        Exam 3           100 points     Mon Dec. 10 @ 10:00 a.m.

                        Term Paper   100 points     due Mon. Nov. 26

                        2nd Term P.    100 points     due Fri. Dec. 7

                        Grad oral

                          pres.              50 points       as scheduled


                        Total               550 points


The grading system is as follows:

                        A         90-100            D         60-69

                        B         80-89              F          59 & below (No credit for course)

                        C         70-79





Part I: August 27- October 1:

   Rosati & Scott, Chapters 1-8


  October 1- EXAM 1




Part II: October 5-November 2:

   Rosati & Scott, Chapters 9-14; Snow, Chapters 1& 2


   November 5- EXAM 2




Part III: November 7- December 7:

   Snow, Chapters 3-12  


   Monday December 10 (10:30 a.m.) FINAL EXAM




Other important dates:

Monday September 3- Labor Day Holiday (no class)

Monday October 22- Last Day to Withdraw (W) from class-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday November 21- November 25- Thanksgiving Break-(no classes)


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Final Exam12/10/2012  10:00 a.m.

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