Program in American StudiesWestern Social Science

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American Studies Courses 2016-17

Course outlines will be posted as they become available.

AMERICAN STUDIES 1020: An Introduction to American Studies

Monday 3:30-5:30 Instructor: Tom Cull Syllabus

From Plymouth Rock to the War on Terror: American Studies 1020 offers students an interdisciplinary exploration of the values, society, and cultural expressions of the people of the United States in order to understand how Americans have understood and argued about the meaning and significance of their national identity.

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AMERICAN STUDIES 2200E: Advanced American Studies

Thursday 2:30-5:30 Instructor: Anna Zuschlag Syllabus

American Studies 2200E explores the history, politics, and culture of the United States from multiple points of view. We will examine the theory and method of American Studies, and we will engage in our own interdisciplinary explorations of American society, values, regions, and ideas. The class will not provide a comprehensive survey of U.S. history - instead it highlights a number of places and moments in time where the meaning of "America" was constructed, contested, or otherwise up for grabs.

Prerequisite(s): At least 60% in ONE of: American Studies 1020, History 1701E, Political Science 1020E, English 1020E, 1022E, 1024E, or permission of Director of American Studies.


AMERICAN STUDIES 4420E: Independent Thesis in American Studies

The subject will be selected by students in consultation with an instructor of their choice willing to give the course. This course will normally be open to fourth-year honors students who have acheived an average of at least 80% in their third year of the American Studies program. Permission of the department is also required. 1.0 course. Restricted to Honors Students.

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AMERICAN STUDIES 4430F/G: Directed Readings

The subject will be selected by students in consultation with an instructor of their choice willing to give the course. This course will normally be open only to fourth-year honors students who have achieved an average of at least 80% in their third year of the American Studies program. Permission of the department is also required. 0.5 course. Restricted to Honors Students.