American Studies

Explores historical and contemporary issues from American culture(s). Topics may include nationhood, identity, and cultural production. Annually.

An introduction to the cultural complexities of the American experience with an emphasis on formulating interdisciplinary questions. Usually focuses on a particular decade, region, or theme. Prerequisite: ITW 101 or its equivalent. Fall, Spring.

An introduction to American Indian studies through the perspectives of Northern Plains Indians, focusing on Plains Indians' literature, music, art, Indian law, history, and philosophy. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Annually.

An examination of a particular aspect of American cultures with an emphasis on developing a critical method appropriate to the interdisciplinary use of texts and other cultural artifacts. Prerequisite: ITW 101 or its equivalent. Annually.

Course examines topics through perspectives and approaches drawn from the field of American Studies. May be repeated as topics change. Fall, Spring.

Interdisciplinary course examines selected biographies of Americans and American-identified figures from historical and literary perspectives. Readings contextualize developments in American culture and society (writ large) from 1492 to the present. Intended for nonmajors. Includes autobiographies. Prerequisite: 24 ISP credits, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Annually.

Examines primary, theoretical, and critical materials related to American Studies. May engage historical, philosophical, artistic, and literary issues in American culture(s). Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Annually.

Interdisciplinary exploration of a specific aspect or area of American culture employing methods drawn from the field of American Studies. Course moves toward the question: "What is American?" Readings consider phenomena defining American culture(s) and social structure(s), engaging theoretical, historical, and aesthetic materials. Intended for nonmajors. Prerequisite: 24 ISP credits, including ITW and IQL. Annually.

Interdisciplinary course examines selected readings and discussions of New England culture and society from 17th century to the present. Examination draws upon literary, historical, and theoretical materials. Questions of region, image, imagination, and identity are addressed. Prerequisite: 24 ISP credits, including ITW and IQL. Annually.