American Studies Course Descriptions
150 Introduction to American Studies
This course examines the historical, literary, and material culture of the United States in an effort to provide a model for interdisciplinary study as practiced in the field of American Studies. Topics addressed in the course may include specific events, discrete periods, or larger themes, but in each instance they will serve as significant case studies for the interdisciplinary investigation of the American experience.
270 Special Topics in American Studies
A course with variable content depending on the particular aspects of the American experience selected for study. Emphasis may be directed toward historical periods or perspectives, geographical areas, and social, intellectual or cultural phenomena, but the approach to the selected subjects will uniformly stress an interdisciplinary perspective. Offered occasionally.
280 Chicago Mosaic (U)
In this unique travel course students will live in Hyde Park, one of Chicago’ s most successfully integrated communities. Students will meet together in a seminar which will include readings, discussions, assignments, and scheduled events that will engage them with Chicago’s diverse populations, cultural expressions, and political processes. Students will meet and talk one-on-one with community organizers, artists, performers and political leaders. They will visit ethnically diverse neighborhoods and port of entry immigrant communities. They will enjoy Chicago’s diverse foods and experience new worship traditions. They will attend cultural events such as blues clubs, political art galleries and off-loop theater. Students will also be placed in a nine-day internship with a Chicago- based institution in the students’ major area of interest. Offered in May Term.
350 Independent Study
Designed to allow students to develop individual interests in American Studies. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered each semester.
398 American Studies Seminar
An interdisciplinary seminar interpreting select issues pertaining to the American experience. Specific topics will vary, according to the expertise of the instructor, but the approach will consistently stress an interdisciplinary perspective. Substantial independent research will be required. Prerequisite: senior standing or consent of the instructor. Offered occasionally.
490 Senior Seminar: Methods in American Studies (W)
A research and writing seminar in which students work with the instructor and a committee of American Studies faculty to produce a senior project that works toward synthesizing some of their work in the major, particularly in the thematic concentration. Though the project will be individual, students will have in common a series of readings on American Studies theories and methods.Must be a senior American Studies major or minor