This class explores the rationales and excuses used to justify why the United States has gone to war over the span of two centuries. Exploring the various moral and ethical issues that have motivated different groups in both justifying war over alternative choices and opposing war, the course challenges students to consider the issues of why a democracy goes to war, the types of wars such a society conducts, and the consequences of these conflicts on the nation’s cultural, economic, political, ethical, and technological development.