Fall 2020 Undergraduate Courses

Native American and Indigenous Studies: CAS AM 220
T/Th 11:00am-12:15pm
Prof. Mary Battenfeld
Examines diverse cultural expressions of Native peoples, from oral traditions to modern fiction, and their historic and political contexts. Employs interdisciplinary perspectives from Native American and Indigenous Studies to ask critical questions about the arts, identity, community, and creativity. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, The Individual in Community, Creativity/Innovation.

Perspectives on the American Experience: CAS AM 301
T/Th 9:30-10:45am
Prof. Reut Odinak
American history and culture as viewed by those who made it. Topic for Fall 2020:  Gender and Sexuality in American Popular Culture. Popular culture and mass media are primary forums through which Americans construct notions of race, class, gender, sexuality and citizenship. This course explores identity construction in relation to commercial media in the U.S. from the 1970s through the present

American Folk Art: CAS AM 369
MWF 1:25-2:15pm
Prof. William Moore
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.

Special Topics in American Studies: CAS AM 501
F 11:15-2:00pm
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
T 3:30-6:15pm
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
W 2:30-5:15pm
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.