Fall 2020 Graduate Courses
Special Topics in American Studies: CAS AM 501
Prof. Jan Haenraets
Topic for Fall 2020: ReThink: Adaptive Reuse and Revitalization. Adaptive reuse and revitalization of historical places has become indispensable towards achieving healthy, sustainable and vibrant built environments. The course critically explores and analyzes American examples of completed projects and the employed approaches towards design and managing change. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness.
Places of Memory: History Preservation Theory and Practice: CAS AM 546
Prof. Daniel Bluestone
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.
Boston Architectural and Community History Workshop: CAS AM 555
Prof. Daniel Bluestone
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. Topic for Fall 2020: Somerville Project. Explores the architectural and urban transformation of Somerville from agricultural fields, country estates, to an area of dense urban settlement and industrial development. Explores places and sources that help assess and narrate the rich history of architectural and urban development.
The Literature of American Studies: GRS AM 736
Prof. Anita Patterson
Introduction to classic problems in the interpretation of American society and culture. Required of all American Studies PhD students.
Material Culture: GRS AM 867
Prof. William Moore
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.
This is only a sampling of courses. Please visit the individual department websites for complete course offerings. Note: Graduate students must take classes at the 500+ level.
African American and Asian American Women Writers: CAS AA 504
Inequality and American Politics: CAS AA 519
Black Thought: Literary and Cultural Criticism in the African Diaspora: CAS AA 591
African American History: GRS AA 871
The Modern American. Novel: CAS EN 546
Film and Media Theory: CAS EN 569
Accounting for Literature in 19th-Century America & Britain: GRS EN 745
Queer Theory: GRS EN 785
True Crime: COM FT 554
American Masterworks: COM FT 722
The Transformation of Early New England: Witches, Whalers, and Warfare: CAS HI 506
The Birth of Modern America, 1896-1929: CAS HI 575
US-Mexican Borders: CAS HI 587
Digital Curation: CAS AH 507
Topic for Fall 2020: Towards National Parks: Art and Nature, Nature and Nation
The Museum and Historical Agency: CAS AH 520
Topics in Art and Society: CAS AH 527 B1
Topic for Fall 2020: Picturing Property: Real Estate in American Visual Culture
Twentieth-Century Architecture: GRS AH 893
Topic for Fall 2020: Governance and Governmentality
Gender, Sexuality, and Judaism: GRS RN 637
Cults and Charisma: GRS RN 709
Topics in American Religion: GRS RN 727
Topic for Fall 2020: TBD
Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations: GRS SO 808