Boston Based Courses
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. Bluestone, T 2pm-5pm, HIS B06
CAS AM 501 – Reading Boston: Conversations about the Real and Imagined City
Team-taught by Professors Howell and Morgan, this course offers a multidisciplinary examination of Boston from Wampanoag settlement to the present. Explores how specific neighborhoods have developed and how they have presented in literature. Includes frequent site visits around Boston. Serves as AM capstone. Howell (Dept of English) & Morgan (Dept. of History of Art & Architecture), T 2pm-5pm
CAS HI 190 – History of Boston: Community and Conflict. Students work with centuries-old objects, manuscripts, letters, and diaries in reconstructing Boston’s past. The course covers witchcraft in America, immigration, and race in depth, with out-of-class visits to museums, churches, and neighborhoods in the city. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. Johnson, TR 11:00 – 12:30.
CAS SO 306 – Boston’s People and Neighborhoods. A comparison between nineteenth and twentieth century neighborhoods, connecting changes in everyday life to larger demographic, economic, physical, and political changes affecting the whole city and immediate suburbs. Includes tours of several Boston neighborhoods and archival research using neighborhood newspapers. Brown-Saracino, T 11:00 – 2:00.
CAS AH 584 – Greater Boston: Architecture and Planning. Examines the buildings, development patterns, and open space planning of greater Boston, with particular emphasis on the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Weekly visits to neighborhoods and buildings throughout the city are combined with independent research projects for each member of the seminar. Morgan, W 2:00 – 5:00.
CAS AM 371 – Art and Architecture of Boston, 1630 to the Present. Explores art and architecture in Boston from 1630 to the present, with particular emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Frequent walking tours, gallery visits, and site visits; independent research leading to a class presentation and final paper. Themes include the city’s physical growth, the emergence of the museum as a cultural force, and the relationship of political, cultural, and social contexts to the city’s art and architecture. Summer Session 2, Robbins, T/TR 10:00-2:00