Foreign Policy and Administration

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15 weeks


This course examines the history of U.S. foreign policy up until the present era with special attention to topics such as U.S. military, economic, and human rights policy. Course also examines the changing concepts of power, the national interest, and grand strategy and learning in U.S. foreign policy as these relate to various world regions.

Theme Scripture:

Psalm 2:1-3 Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.”


After completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Apply a biblical perspective to the study of foreign policy and administration (INTEGRATION).
  2. Articulate the key issues in the making of American foreign policy today and historically (CRITICAL ANALYSIS & THINKING).
  3. Assess the current foreign policy decisions in light of the role of the president, Congress, ideology and the international system (CRITICAL ANALYSIS & THINKING).
  4. Become familiar with the role of morality in foreign policy decision-making historically and currently in the US (KNOWLEDGE AND INEGRATION).
  5. Understand and apply key foreign policy concepts in examining foreign policies and policy making structures in other countries in a comparative context (KNOWLEDGE, INTEGRETION, AND CRITICAL ANALYSIS AND THINKING.)
  6. Demonstrate effective oral and/or written communication skills while engaging the forgoing topics (RESEARCH & WRITING).

The learning objectives for this course and the program goals should be understood as complimentary and interrelated to each other.  In order to be truthful and good statesmen we should have a basic understanding of politics and the ideas that animate the nation.  It makes common sense that we should know how institutions work if we are to understand how to effect change for the betterment of society.


In order to be faithful to the mission of Regent University, the Department of Government in Regent University’s School of Undergraduate Studies sets forth as its mission the providing of an academically excellent education that equips students to be effective servant-leaders in government and its related areas of interaction or to pursue further education at the post-baccalaureate level.

In order to fulfill its mission, the Department of Government sets forth the following program goals: 

  • Government students will display the ability to integrate biblical truth with the study of government (INTEGRATION).
  • Government students will evidence knowledge of the foundational approaches to and concepts in the study of government (KNOWLEDGE).
  • Government students will evidence knowledge of the philosophical and moral foundations of government (KNOWLEDGE).
  • Government students will exhibit critical thinking skills in their analysis of historical texts, documents, and contemporary issues (CRITICAL ANALYSIS & THINKING).

Government students will demonstrate competence in the methods and tools of original quantitative and qualitative research and the ability to formulate and express the results (RESEARCH AND WRITING).




Students are responsible for acquiring the following books and materials for this course by the time the course begins:

  • Glenn P. Hastedt, American Foreign Policy:  Past, Present and Future 6th Edition. (Prentice-Hall:  2006)
  • Gregory M. Scott and Stephen M. Garrison,The Political Science Student Writer’s Manual, (N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006), (0131892592).

Additional materials (e.g., PowerPoint files, quizzes, media, and the like) may be found on Blackboard.  Students are responsible for the information and materials distributed through Blackboard and, for on-ground students, in class. 


In order to succeed in this course, you will need to fully understand the following:

  1. Attendance and Participation: Consistently attend and participate in the class.  Your attendance and participation are important means for the instructor to assess your skills, quality of thought, and growth as a student.  The attendance policy and procedures are described below.  Requirements for your participation in Blackboard discussions —important both for your learning and for your instructor’s evaluation of your progress in the course—are described below (see “BLACKBOARD INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS”).
  2. Assignments: Pay close and timely attention to reading assignments and other assigned work.  You are responsible for preparing assigned readings carefully by the date listed on the schedule below and to complete tests, projects, and other assignments by the date listed.  Out of fairness to all, late assignments are penalized as described below under “Late Assignments.”
  3. Policies and Procedures: Carefully follow course policies and procedures regarding writing, academic honesty, submission of assignments, formatting, and other matters, as specified below or through Blackboard.  Since following directions is a crucial skill for university graduates—and since the smooth operation of our course depends on all of us meeting each other’s expectations—adherence to policies can positively or adversely affect a student’s grade.
  4. Writing:  All papers and essays at Regent University must follow the writing style format required by the degree specialty for which they are being written.  The writing style to be used in this course isTurabian or Chicago.  Please read carefully the assigned sections from The Political Science Student Writers’s Manual in order to write correctly and effectively.
  5. Course Completion/Incompletes:All courses require extensive engagement (with other students, the instructor, and with the course materials) as well as timely completion of assignments. Many assignments are due weekly. Thus, keeping up with the schedule is essential to your success. Some work is difficult or even impossible to make up (such as discussion with others), so you must plan your schedule carefully. Be sure you can complete this course in the scheduled period. Grades of “Incomplete” will be granted only for true emergency situations, not for poor planning. The policy for grades of “Incomplete” can be found in the School of Undergraduate Studies Catalog, found online.
  6. Blackboard:Students are expected to check the Announcements section of Blackboard each week beginning two weeks before the start of the course.  Students must keep their e-mail address current in Blackboard; they are expected to check their Regent e-mail daily to ensure timely receipt of messages from the professor. 
  7. Internet and Software:You must have continuous access to a working and dependable Internet provider as well as reliable e-mail software that can send and receive attachments.  You must also have access to Microsoft Word 2000 or later for writing assignments.
  8. Minimum Computer Skills: Some basic computer skills you are expected to have mastered before taking an online course include the following: sending and receiving emails, opening or sending an email attachment, searching the Internet, using Microsoft Word and downloading files.


Blackboard has four primary purposes in our courses: (1) to provide a means for students to receive timely information about the course in general, assignments, grades, and announcements from the instructor; (2) to promote thoughtful interaction between the instructor and students and among students themselves as they work through course materials; (3) to provide a means for students to complete quizzes and other forms of evaluation; and (4) to enhance the learning process by providing a variety of materials.

For courses with online discussions, they will be posted in Blackboard. Unless otherwise instructed, the parameters for a student’s postings are [200-300] words (please keep the word count in this range). The purpose of these parameters is to promote writing that is both thorough and concise. The instructor will post questions and activities weekly. Discussion questions will be posted in advance. Since not everyone will see things identically, students are to review one another’s postings in order to further their insight and learning. This is an important benefit of dialogue. 

If you want to share short posts of encouragement and support, use the discussion board tool for this. 

Note that the expectations for quality work in the Blackboard group discussions differ from the minimal requirements for attendance.

Please check the Resources link in Blackboard for University Library information and Academic Support information, Blackboard Tutorials and Resources, Academic Honor Code, Writing Styles, Discipline Policies, and Disability Services.



Submission of Assignments

All assignments (unless otherwise instructed) for this course should be submitted via the “Assignment Link.”  Papers should be in MS Word format (.doc). When saving your document, the file name should include your name and assignment, in that order –for example, “John Smith, Learning Styles (LSI) and DISC Inventory Essay.”   When sending your document, give your name and assignment.  This makes it easy for your instructor to track your work. See the “Submitting Assignments” section of Blackboard online tutorials for further instructions.

Every assignment must have your name on it, and, if it is more than one page, each page must be numbered.  To do that, you will need to know how to use the Header and Footer option under the “View” button in Microsoft Word.

Late Assignments

Late assignments are penalized at the rate of one letter grade for every 30 minutes after the assignment is due.  In other words, if, for example, an assignment is due at 1 PM and a student turns in the assignment at 1:15, the assignment will immediately be penalized by lowering the final grade of the assignment by one letter grade.  If the assignment is turned in at 2:15, the penalty is three letter grades and so on and so forth.  Late posts on the Bb discussion board will receive a zero and cannot be made up.

Make-up work and extensions of deadlines are only granted in the following cases: Proven personal serious illness (a doctor’s note and doctor’s contact information to verify that medical condition requires student to abstain from work for a certain period of time), proven death of a family member or loved-one, and/or natural disaster.

There is no extra credit given under any circumstance.  Please ensure diligence and excellence in the completion of all of your work.

Emailing Your Instructor 

The subject line of all e-mail messages related to this course should include the course number (e.g., GENE 101), the location of the course (e.g., VB, DC, DE) and the name of the student (For example, SUBJECT: GENE 101 DE, John Smith).  Following these directions enables the professor to identify quickly the student and course, facilitating a timely response.  Students should always include their first and last name at the end of all e-mail messages.

Because instructors often need to reach students, all students are required to keep their mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers up to date.

ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION POLICY for the School of Undergraduate Studies

Regent University recognizes the importance of class attendance and participation for students’ learning.  While attendance alone does not guarantee learning, engagement with the class through regular attendance and participation is essential to learning, both to the individual student and to the class itself as all benefit by others’ contributions.  At Regent University, class attendance, understood as the act of being present, is considered to be separate from participating in the class, understood as active engagement through discussion and other forms of interaction.  Both are valuable to student learning.

Like other institutions of higher education, Regent University is required to maintain accurate attendance records by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Attendance is tracked weekly.  For any week (7 days from Monday to Sunday) in which a student does not attend class time or, for online classes, log into the course in Blackboard, the student will be marked absent in the Blackboard grade book.   The standard by which a final date of attendance in the class is measured will be the last date on which the online student logs into the course in Blackboard or the on campus attends the on-campus class for a course, whichever is more recent. Students should be aware that this date could affect their financial aid and financial obligations. 

Normally, expectations for participation—such as those for quality work in the group discussions (including those in Blackboard)--differ from the minimal requirements for attendance.  Thus, at the instructor's discretion, a student who is present or absent might lose participation points.   Instructors determine whether students may gain back lost participation points (for example, through additional work).   Students should be aware that instructors follow their posted policy for receiving late work from students. Work turned in late (papers, discussion board posts, etc.) could result in the loss of participation points or other components of the final course grade.  Instructors are responsible to maintain accurate records regarding attendance and to follow course policies for grading student work, including students’ participation.  Students are responsible to attend and participate in class and to follow campus policies.


Students who have not attended or logged into a class, will, at the end of the second week of the session/semester—in accordance with university practice—be assumed to have unofficially dropped and will be administratively dropped from that class.


Students are on their honor to complete assignments with honesty and integrity.  Academic dishonesty involves intentionally or unintentionally stealing the intellectual property of others.  Students are expected to be familiar with the university’s policy on academic integrity found in both the University Student Handbook and School of Undergraduate Studies Catalog and to follow it.  As an academic and Christian community, this university takes seriously the call for integrity and penalizes breaches of of academic integrity. 



The schedule below includes the due dates for all assignments in this course.  It is recommended that you place this Course Schedule in a convenient place and refer to it each week of the course.  You need to follow it closely, as late assignments are subject to a grade reduction. Students are expected to spend fourteen to seventeen hours of classwork per week (to include online work, homework and study time, and, for on-ground students, in-class time) for a three-credit hour class.  All courses use group discussion questions on Blackboard.  Postings cannot be made up once the week is over, as the rest of the class will have moved on to the next topic. 

Assigned readings in the textbook(s) are to be completed each week along with any additional articles, audio clips, and PowerPoint presentations as found in the Course Materials or Assignments section of Blackboard. 

The course schedule below includes the due dates for all assignments in this course.  It is recommended that you place this Course Schedule in a convenient place and refer to it each week of the course.  You need to follow it closely, as late assignments are subject to a grade reduction. Students are expected to spend fourteen to seventeen hours of class work per week (to include online work, homework and study time, and, for on-ground students, in-class time) for a three-credit hour class.  All courses use group discussion questions on Blackboard.  Postings cannot be made up once the week is over, as the rest of the class will have moved on to the next topic.  All postings are due according to the following schedule:

  1. Original posts: Due each Thursday of each course week by 12:00 PM (NOON, EST)
  2. Response posts: Due each Friday of each course week by 12:00 PM (NOON, EST)

Assigned readings in the textbook(s) are to be completed each week, at the discretion of the student, along with any additional articles, audio clips, and PowerPoint presentations as found in the Course Materials or Assignments section of Blackboard.  Given the deadlines for assignments and discussion board postings, it is strongly recommended that all readings be completed prior to postings.


Week One: Power in American Foreign Policy  (January 4-8)

Read Chapter 1 “The Global Setting of US Foreign Policy”

Week Two: Power in American Foreign Policy II  (January 11-15)

Read Chapter 2 “The Emerging Foreign Policy Agenda”

Week Three: Defining the American National Interest  (January 18-22)

Read Chapter 3. “The American National Style.”

Paper proposal: First draft

Week Four:  Defining the American National InterestII  (January 25-29)

Read Chapter 4 Also, additional article on ‘comparing and contrasting’

Paper Proposal: Second draft.

Week Five: Legislatures & Case Study: The British Political System(February 1-5)

Read Chapter 5

Bibliography: First draft.

Week Six: Legislatures & Case Study: The British Political SystemII (February 8-12)

Read Chapter 6

Bibliography: Second draft.

Week Seven: Models of Policy Making (February 15-19)

Readings: Read Chapter 7

Outline: first draft.

Week Eight: Models of Policy Making II (February 22-26)

MIDTERM EXAM REVIEW SESSION: Wednesday, February 24.

MIDTERM EXAM: Thursday, February 25. 

Week Nine: (March 1-5)


Week Ten: The Presidency and Foreign Policy I (March 8-12)

Read Chapter 8 & 9

Outline: Second draft.

Week Eleven: The Presidency and Foreign Policy II (March 15-19)

Read Chapter 10

Week Twelve: Interest Groups in Foreign Policy (March 22-26)

Read Chapter 11-12

Paper: First draft.

Week Thirteen: Morality in Foreign Policy (March 29-April 2)

Read Chapter 13-14

Week Fourteen: The Congress in US Foreign Policy (April 5-9)

Read Chapter 15-16

Paper: Second draft.

Week Fifteen: The Congress in US Foreign Policy II (April 12-16)

Read Chapter 17-18

No Class on Thursday, April the 15th due to the professor being at a conference.

Week Sixteen: Alternative Futures(April 19-23)

Take final exam.  Study session two nights before the final exam.  There is no quiz this week.


Papers (eight)










The final grade for the course will reflect mastery of course content and quality of thought as expressed in the following course requirements

  1. Quizzes (online)                       25%
  2. Term Paper (submit online       25%)
  3. Midterm exam (online)             25%
  4. Final exam       (online)            25%

Research paper 10 to 12 pages in length.

  • The papermust include citations; do NOT use endnotes. 
  • You must choose between MLA, APA, Turabian, or APSA styles, to be applied throughout the entire paper.
  • The paper must be written Times New Roman font, 12 pitch, page numbered in the upper-right hand corner, with one inch margins.  
  • Include your name, the instructor’s name, class name and number, and the date submitted in a title page. 
  • The paper must include the following, in one continuous MS Word file with the main body of the text and citations: a title page, table of contents page, and a bibliography (starting with its own page), none of which count toward the 10 page minimum limit, nor the 12 page maximum limit. In other words, you must have at least 10 pages of actual research and analysis text.
  •  Staggered deadlines will be given for the paper proposal, annotated bibliography, outline, and 1st draft (NOT a “rough draft”; it must be your best work and include all sections, i.e. title page, etc.)