American & New England Studies

(including Preservation Studies)

  • CAS AM 501: Special Topics in American Studies
    Topic for Fall 2018: Reading and Envisioning Historical Landscapes. A project-based seminar using Boston Central Waterfront and Government Centre to trace the often controversial twentieth and twenty-first century developments of its public realm. Methods to research, document, analyze, and envision these evolving historical landscapes are explored.
  • CAS AM 502: Special Topics in American Studies
    Topic for Spring 2018: The American Cultural Landscape. This seminar provides an introduction to analyzing and interpreting the American cultural landscape and acquaints students with the historiography of the field.
  • 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
    Introduces students to local, state, and national government policies and practices intended to protect historically, culturally, and aesthetically meaningful structures. Covers preservation approaches aimed at protecting significant properties, and general planning approaches to managing redevelopment of neighborhoods.
  • 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. Also offered as CAS AH 554 and CAS HI 569.
  • GRS AM 735: Studies in American Culture
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Introduction to handling of primary materials from a number of disciplines in order to develop an American Studies perspective. Required of all American Studies PhD students.
  • GRS AM 736: The Literature of American Studies
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Introduction to classic problems in the interpretation of American society and culture. Required of all American Studies PhD students.
  • GRS AM 867: Material Culture
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to the theory and practice of the interdisciplinary study of material culture, which includes everything we make and use, from food and clothing to art and buildings. Explore contemporary scholarship from a range of disciplines. Also offered as GRS AH 867.