For students entering IWU in fall 2021 and beyond, American Culture Studies is no longer available as a major or minor.
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 Culture 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.
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.
Designed to allow students to develop individual interests in American Culture Studies. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered each semester.
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.
A research and writing seminar in which students work with the instructor and a committee of American Culture 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 Culture Studies theories and methods.Must be a senior American Culture Studies major or minor.