Course No.

AS 102


Introduction to American Culture and Values


Donna Ford Grover


Mon Wed 10:00 am 11:20 pm OLIN 205

This course is an introduction to the multidisciplinary study of American culture. We will examine both the problematics and the fruits of a national culture. Weighed down with the authority of custom, a national culture imposes a sense of obligation to all who belong to a society, but it affects groups and individuals differently, according to the variables of gender, race and class. This course will compare and contrast visions of American culture during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will study the works of Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, W.E.B DuBois, Georgia O'Keefe, Ralph Ellison, Elvis Presley among others.






Course No.

AS 220


American Popular Culture: 1950-2000


Aureliano DeSoto


Mon Wed 7:00 pm - 8:20 pm OLIN 201

Cross-listed: Gender and Sexuality Studies, SRE

What do we mean when we talk about popular culture? The post-war development of American popular culture in media, literature, and advertising has been an arena of struggle over what constitutes the popular and its moral, ethical, and political meanings, especially since the advent of televisual media and focused marketing capable of reaching (and presumably influencing) thousands of people simultaneously. This course examines the development of American popular culture industries and phenomena following World War Two, examining the particular social and political forces that inform the emergence of the American popular sphere, its diffusion both nationally and internationally, and how popular culture develops and supports particular ideas of what constitutes the American. Specific foci include television, the development of consumer audiences (in particular women and racial and sexual minorities), independent film, print culture, and advertising.


Additional courses cross-listed in American Studies:

ANTH 250 Reading Baseball as Metaphor & Praxis

ARTH 255 Edith Wharton & Architecture

ARTH 278 American Art, 1865-1945

ECON 311 Seminar in National Economic Policy

FILM 237 Contemporary Black American Cinema

HIST 104 American Bedrock

HIST 2118 Russia, the Soviet Union & the U.S.

HIST 280B American Environmental History II

HIST 3113 Making of the Atlantic World

HIST 3114 Making National Citizens: U. S. History

LIT 2015 American Indian Fiction

LIT 2154 Humor in African American Literature

LIT 2155 African American Autobio. Narrative

LIT 229 Classics of American Drama

LIT 258 Literature of the US II

LIT 259 Literature of the US III

MUS 212 Jazz in Literature II

MUS 267 Jazz Repertory II: American Popular Song

MUS 335 Jazz: The Freedom Principle III

PS 229 Judgements, Rights, Dissent

PS 240 United States East Asian Relations

PS 260 Environmental Politics in the U. S.

PS 295 Dreams of Perfectibility II

PS 322 The American Age: US Power & Purpose

PS 371 Public Policy Seminar

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

SOC 130 Sociology of Education

SOC 332 Seminar on Social Problems