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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. Carries either humanities or social science divisional credit in CAS.
CAS AM 250: American Arts and Society
Investigates key issues and themes in American arts and letters. Topic for Spring 2017: Cheers! Material Culture of Drinking in America, 17th Century to the Present. From coffee and tea to alcohol and Coca-Cola, this course considers the role of drinking in American culture from the 17th century to the present. A wide variety of objects such as drinking vessels, advertisements, prints, and paintings are closely analyzed.
CAS AM 301: Perspectives on the American Experience
American history and society as viewed by those who made it. Topic for Fall 2017: Smells Like Teen Spirit: The American Teenager in Literature, Film, and Popular Culture. From Holden Caulfield to Ferris Bueller, this course charts the rise of the teenager as a legitimate social category, using popular culture to analyze the myriad of characteristics that have defined the American teenager for the past sixty years.
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 369: American Folk Art
Explores the objects that collectors and museums identify as "American Folk Art." Examines how this label developed throughout the twentieth century; familiarizes students with major collections and genres including painting, sculpture, textiles, and other media. Also offered as CAS AH 369.
CAS AM 385: American Buildings and Landscapes
An introductory analytic survey of American buildings and landscapes within their historical and cultural contexts. Students examine forces that have shaped the American built environment. Topics range from Indian mounds to commercial strips, Spanish missions to skyscrapers. Also offered as CAS AH 385.
CAS AM 501: Special Topics in American Studies
Topic for Fall 2017: Reading and Engaging in Historic Landscape. Explores multi-disciplinary approaches for preparing management and maintenance plans for historic landscapes, through the study of types of American historic landscapes. Students learn to apply stages on a local hands-on project; conduct historical research; document existing conditions; evaluate significance; and prepare treatment strategies.
CAS AM 502: Special Topics in American Studies
Topic for Spring 2017: American Baseball. This interdisciplinary research seminar examines the history, culture, and science of the game from its shadowy origins in the early days of the nineteenth century, explosive growth in popularity during the Jazz Age, to the controversy-ridden Steroid Era.
CAS AM 505: 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 505.
CAS AM 546: Places of Memory: Historic Preservation Theory and Practice
Covers key aspects of the history, theory, and practice of historic preservation. Preservation is 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. Also offered as CAS AH 546 and CAS HI 546.
CAS AM 554: Preservation Planning
Considers the methods employed to protect and plan for the historic landscape. Topics include the history of preservation planning and the broader planning profession, and a review of case law, legislation, and the protection strategies of current preservation practice.
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. Also offered as CAS AH 554 and CAS HI 569.