American Studies

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  • CAS AM 200: Introduction to American Studies
    An exploration of the multi-faceted themes of American society and culture in selected historical periods using a variety of approaches to interpret such topics as American art, literature, politics, material culture, and the mass media. Required of majors and minors. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS AM 202: What's Boston?
    What's Boston? explores Boston's complex urban and natural world. University faculty share cutting-edge research, focusing on Boston as a PLACE and a guiding IDEA, introducing the perspectives of disparate scholarly disciplines. Discover where you stand and where you might go! No prerequisites. This course welcomes first-year students and is open to all BU undergraduates.
  • CAS AM 250: American Arts and Society
    Investigates key issues and themes in American arts and letters. Topic for Spring 2016: In Love and War: Intimate Relationships and the American Homefront Since the Civil War. Throughout American history, the experience of war has fundamentally shaped the ways that Americans think about themselves, their fellow Americans, and the meanings of national citizenship; and has exerted a powerful influence on familial, sexual, and marital relations, gender roles, and childrearing practices.
  • CAS AM 301: Perspectives on the American Experience
    American history and society as viewed by those who made it. Topic for Fall 2015: Unruly Bodies in American Film. Many argue we learned how to be American by watching ourselves on film. What happened to people who didn't fit the norm? This course explores how "unruly bodies"--from the 1940s femme fatale to "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"--have redefined the American experience.
  • CAS AM 313: Internships in Public History
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Students undertake supervised work in Boston-area institutions dedicated to the public presentation of America's past. Students meet with the instructor to discuss themes in public history theory and practice that, together with the internship experience and related readings, inform a final research project and class presentation. Also offered as CAS HI 313.
  • CAS AM 376: Housing America
    What do dwellings say about the diversity of American experience? For over four centuries and across a continent, wealth and poverty, family and community, taste and technology have all shaped the meaning of home. Illustrated lecturers supplemented by field trips. Also offered as CAS AH 376.
  • CAS AM 501: Special Topics in American Studies
    Topic for Fall 2015: The American South in History, Literature, and Film. Explores the American South through literature, film, and other sources. Considers what, if anything, has been distinctive about the Southern experience and how a variety of Americans have imagined the region over time. Also offered as CAS HI 462.
  • CAS AM 502: Special Topics in American Studies
    Topic for Spring 2016: Mystic Orders and Secret Societies: Fraternalism in America. Interdisciplinary seminar exploring the activities and ideologies of fraternal organizations, including the Freemasons, Ku Klux Klan, and the Rebekahs, among others, and examining the role of secret societies in American culture. Culminates with an original research paper.
  • CAS AM 546: Places of Memory: Historic Preservation Theory and Practice
    Covers key aspects of the history, theory, and practice of historic preservation. Preservation will be discussed in the context of cultural history and the changing relationship between existing buildings and landscapes and attitudes toward history, memory, invented tradition, and place.
  • CAS AM 555: Boston Architectural and Community History Workshop
    This course focuses on class readings, lectures, and research on a single neighborhood or community in Boston (or Greater Boston). Greatest emphasis is on using primary sources-- land titles and deeds, building permits, fire insurance atlases and other maps. There are both group and individual research projects.