American Studies

American Studies considers the patterns of American culture as they have changed over time. You will explore the particular experiences of Americans from different regions, social classes, races, ethnicities, genders and national backgrounds.

American Studies 201

Introduction to American Studies


Fall. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: English 185 or equivalent. An interdisciplinary, historically grounded introduction to contemporary approaches to American studies scholarship, with emphasis on issues of class, ethnicity, gender, and cross-cultural studies.

American Studies 320

Understanding Community: Oxford Encountering Oxford


Fall. Credit, four hours. A critical exploration of “community” where students formulate their own ideas about community, identify structures of belonging in communities, and develop deeper understandings of communities to which they are connected. Prerequisite: permission of instructor: students must submit a written statement (paragraph) explaining their previous experience with the subject matter and interest in the course.

American Studies 385R

Special Topics: American Studies

(HAP or HSC, depending on topic/instructor)

On Demand. Credit, four hours. Seminar or lecture series for advanced students in selected topics of American studies. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. Prerequisite: minimum of one course, determined by instructor; permission of instructor.