This class was tough.
American Foreign Policy shatters everything American children were calculatedly taught about in regards to the United States and the internal system. This course dives into the tragedies and dark corners of the U.S decision-making process, leadership failures, and the cruciality of how significant foreign policy is and how little the everyday American is educated on. The U.S educational system is draining critical and creative thinking staring from an impresionable age; this class breathes life back into a forgotten mindset.
There are many gains I have taken away from this course, two of which I found most prominant. We had readings due every class period which fall into our participation grade (10%). These readings ranged from scholatstic journals and news articles to several long paged essays written by century old scholars to present day diplomates. The physical copy of the readings I will forever have along with the power, knowledge and a critically new perspective. The second was the participation. This class challenged me to become more confident in my public speaking and to not shy away from appearing incompetent or ill-minded. It is intimidating to speak in front of a group of classmates who you fear will misjudge your intellect, but you have to remember you will not grow as a person or as a thinker if you do not push yourself- even if you are wrong. Failure and critique are a beautiful thing because you only improve from it; that is a vital concept I have taken away from this course.
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I advise anyone interested in taking this course to ask themselves the following questions: Will I be diligent enough to do the readings? Will participation be of conflict and if so, can I push myself beyond comfort? Am I ok with relearning raw and sometimes ugly American Foreign Policy? Regardless of how you answered and your major, I recommend this class to all. It is a class that turns the switchboard on for critical thinking and educates the student on the core policies and profound history of the United States and how, why, and what shaped America today.