American & New England Studies

(including Preservation Studies)

  • CAS AM 501: Special Topics in American Studies
    Topic for Fall 2013: Transnational American Studies. Drawing on examples from literature, history, art, photography, and architecture, this course explores the global origins of American culture. Topics include the immigrant experience; tourism; internationalism; and cultural crossings between Japan and the US in the late nineteenth century. Also offered as CAS EN 572.
  • CAS AM 502: Special Topics in American Studies
    Topic for Spring 2014: The American Cultural Landscape. This interdisciplinary research seminar challenges students to interpret the built environment as evidence of human activity. Buildings, landscapes, transportation networks, and religious compounds are examined as carriers of historical and cultural meaning. The field's historiography is also addressed.
  • CAS AM 524: New England Cultural Landscapes
    Examines the historic forces that have shaped the distinctive regional landscapes of New England and catalogues the changing forms that make up those landscapes. Also offered as CAS AH 525.
  • CAS AM 546: Historic Preservation
    An introduction to the American preservation movement, including current issues and modern practice. Considers key aspects of the history, theory, and philosophy of historic preservation, and introduces students to key figures in preservation agencies and organizations in this region.
  • CAS AM 553: Documenting Historic Buildings and Landscapes
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    A seminar designed to train students in architectural research techniques through supervised reading, fieldwork, and writing. Students are introduced to the skills needed to conduct research on both individual resources and groups of resources, clustered within an area or scattered throughout a community. Also offered as CAS AH 553.
  • GRS AM 699: Teaching College American Studies
    The goals, contents, and methods of instruction in American Studies. General teaching and learning issues. Required of all American Studies teaching fellows.
  • 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 747: Historic Building Conservation
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Theory and practicalities involved in conservation of historic buildings. This course will cover the history and theory of building conservation architectural investigations of building, including documentary, constructional, and finish materials to materials for conservation.
  • GRS AM 754: Planning and Preservation
    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.
  • GRS AM 755: Preservation Planning Colloquium
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS AM 750.
    A comprehensive preservation planning and advocacy course in which students in the Preservation Studies Program prepare a planning document under contract with a community.
  • GRS AM 867: Material Culture
    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.
  • GRS AM 901: Directed Study in American and New England Studies
  • GRS AM 902: Directed Study in American and New England Studies
  • GRS AM 903: Directed Study in Historic Preservation
    A directed study in historic preservation. Topic varies with student's interest.