This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of American Studies. Addressing fictional literature, law, film, history, visual culture, popular culture, philosophy, and politics, this class will examine the concept and idea of “America” in its global, national, community, and individual bodily/psychic permutations.
The goal of the course is to expose students to intellectual and creative possibilities in the field of American Studies, and the ideas, concepts, and themes that have been central to how Americans understand themselves and the United States as a nation. This course will also provide incoming majors with key concepts and analytical tools that can be used in more advanced courses. Emphasis will be placed on students’ analytical skills, close reading practices, and critical thinking.