American Studies 101: America Then and Now
AMS 101 America Then and Now
Rachael DeLue, Department of Art & Archaeology & Program in American Studies
Brian Herrera, Program in Theater, Lewis Center for the Arts
Monica Huerta, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts
This course introduces students to the field of American Studies through discussion of some of the signature ideas and debates that have shaped America as a nation. It examines material and imaginary manifestations of America from global, national, and local perspectives, and considers the historical and cognitive processes associated with the delineation of America then and now. Objects of study range across multiple media, including texts, images, music, performance, and film. Primary and secondary readings draw from literature, history, political science, theater, law, cultural studies, art history, and the history of science.