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American Studies

IHAMST140 What Is American Studies?

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

IIAMST210 Introduction to American Studies

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.

IHAMST248 Cultures of Northern Plains Indians

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.

IIAMST250 Interpreting American Cultures

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.

IHAMST291 Special Topics

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

IIAMST370 American Biography

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.

IHAMST372 Readings in American Studies

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.

IIAMST375 American Cultural Studies

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.

IIAMST380 The New England Experience

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.

IIAMST391 Interdisciplinary Topics in American Studies

Course employs perspectives from the interdisciplinary field of American Studies to examine particular social, cultural, political, phenomena related to United States and/or American identity. Topical inquiries made using methods/approaches from academic disciplines such as history, ethnic studies, geography, musicology or literary studies. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP including ITW-101 and IQL-101. Spring.