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200 Introduction to American Studies

Introduction To American Studies (21:050:200:H5:07818)
Class Dates: 7/6 - 8/12
Instructor: O'Brien
Location: Blackboard
Format: Online
Credits: 3

As an interdisciplinary field, American Studies employs countless lenses to explore competing definitions of “America.” In this course, we will begin by looking at some of the discussion about American Studies as a field, then we will move, to some degree at least, chronologically from pre-Columbian time through the present, while considering some of the issues, questions, and sources that the field has been engaged with. Though we will be anchored by historical narratives, we will expand far beyond history into other disciplines, including English, Women’s and Gender Studies, African American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, and more. Our goals are not just to gain greater perspective on U.S. history and culture, but also to think about how American Studies, in comparison to other fields, allows for such perspectives.

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