American Studies capstone seminars bring all students in the program into spaces of collaborative exploration after pursuing their individual paths of study in American studies, Asian American/Diasporic studies, and/or Latino studies. To students culminating programs of study toward one of the certificates offered by the Program in American Studies, capstone seminars offer the important opportunity to integrate their cumulative knowledge.
Capstone seminars, like all American Studies courses, pull from primary sources from multiple disciplines and cultural products across varied genres and media. Experimentation is encouraged, and students-as-collaborators learn to synthesize disparate elements into sustained complex arguments, creating and presenting significant work in written, oral, and other creative formats at varied lengths. Seminar participants bring their special interests into dialogue with one another through the lens of course topics aimed at addressing key issues in America today.