American Studies | Introduction to American Studies
G603 | 13898 | Gutjahr


This course will provide an introduction to the history,
methodologies, and some of the key theoretical frameworks employed
by American Studies scholars over the past sixty years. A key
component of the course will be exploring the vexed nature of doing
interdisciplinary scholarship. The historical topic coverage will be
broad, ranging from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries.
Through weekly discussions and readings, we will examine important
approaches in the field including: material culture, globalization,
race, mass culture, architecture, public policy, religion, visual
media, and political transformation. Along with the reading, a
number of shorter writing assignments and a final ten to fifteen
page paper will be required. Class offered fall semesters only.