American Studies

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40.248 Values in American Culture Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1248
Status Active

Deals with the development and interrelationship of American views on individualism, nature, science, technology, democracy, ethnicity, and the American dream. Readings begin with the Puritans and end with contemporary essayists. Deals with the development and interrelationship of American views on individualism, nature, science, technology, democracy, ethnicity, and the American dream. Readings begin with the Puritans and end with contemporary essayists.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101/102 College Writing I & II.

40.257 The Family in American Literature Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4950
Status Active

A study of literary selections dealing with traditions of family life, the individual, and social change.

40.270 Women in American History Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5238
Status Active

This course surveys the history of women in the British North American colonies and United States with a special focus on social and economic change. It examines women as a distinct group but also attends to divisions among them, particularly those based on class, ethnicity/race, and regional diversity. Course themes include concepts of womanhood, the development and transgression of gender roles, unpaid work and wage labor, social reform and women's rights activism, as well as changing ideas and practices with respect to the female body.

40.274 Literature of Beat Movement Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 31963
Status Active

A survey of fiction and poetry by Beat Movement authors, including Lowell native Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Herbert Huncke, Gregory Corso, and Lawrence Ferlinghett

40.311 South in American Literature Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4951
Status Active

40.376 African American Literature Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4957
Status Active

An upper-level survey covering African American literature from slave narratives through contemporary literature. Authors covered typically include Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Ann Petry, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, and Lucille Clifton.

40.401 American Studies Seminar Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4958
Status Active

A required seminar for American studies majors normally taken during the second semester of the junior year or during the senior year. Students undertake a research project leading to the writing of a major paper with a theme that combines more than one discipline.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: Junior Status or 40.248, 42.248 or 59.248.

40.491 Directed Studies in American Studies Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4959
Status Active

An investigation of a topic using an interdisciplinary approach and leading to the writing of a majorpaper. The course provides an opportunity for a student to work closely with an instructor on atopic of special interest.

40.496 Practicum Experience in American Studies Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4960
Status Active

Allows students an opportunity to combine their formal education with an off campus project. After developing a proposal for the practicum under the guidance of an instructor, the student spends a portion of his or her time working with persons engaged in business, the arts, museums, the professions, community service, or government. The coordinator for American studies maintains a file of organizations that accept students.

40.497 Practicum in American Studies Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 4961
Status Active