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2017-2018 Catalog

AMS 150 Introduction to American Studies

This course is a broad introduction to American Studies as a method of academic inquiry. It examines American personal and national identity through an interdisciplinary examination of American culture, with particular emphasis on issues of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. Students consider the ways in which various cultural forms--including novels, film, music, painting, sociological studies, laws, journalism, governmental, the built environment and the physical landscape itself--shape and are shaped by the cultural contexts and historical monuments in which they appear. This course must be taken in the first or second year. Normally closed to Juniors and Seniors.


Fall and Spring semesters