Spring 2013 Courses

This schedule is subject to change. For the most accurate information concerning other programs and departments, consult the University Class Schedule online: www.bu.edu/studentlink, as well as each department’s own website. Graduate students may not take courses below the 500 level for credit.

American Studies

CAS AM 200 – Introduction to American Studies – American Ingenuity: In this seminar students will delve into literature, history, film, music, material culture, and visual culture of the United States in order to better understand the role of ingenuity in past and future concepts of American identity and dominance.  In addition to analyzing a variety of cultural productions, students will compare and combine research methods across disciplines and test interdisciplinary concepts and approaches.  Finally, the course will examine the transnational underpinnings of American constructions of nationalism.  McCaffrey, TR 11:00 – 12:30.

CAS AM 250 – American Arts & Society – America, Travel, and Gender: The idea of travel often conjures images of adventure, danger, and uncertainty, but it also brings promise of hope, and possibility.  When we think of American travel writers, men typically dominate the field of usual suspects: Henry David Thoreau, Jack Kerouac, Mark Twain and many other others.  Travel has often been understood as a form of escape from the “feminine” domestic space, but perhaps this interpretation leaves too many questions unanswered.  For example: what do we make of Thoreau and Kerouac both maintaining strong ties with “home” while away?  And what about the comfort each took in returning during the same time as Thoreau or Kerouac?  Is there such a thing as “masculine” travel writing, and if so, do the male writers always engage in it?  As a traveler, does Martha Ge;horn writing on a journalism assignment in China in the 1930s have anything in common with Isabella Bird who crossed the Rocky mountains alone on horseback in the 1850s?  Recently, scholars such as Deborah Paes de Barros and Sidonie Smith have shown that women have been traveling (and writing about travel) for centuries, but because of the limited access to the press, have been undervalued in scholarly discourse about travel writing.  Other scholars, like Eric Leed, have suggested that travel has been gendered masculine, but perhaps wrongfully so.  This course will simultaneously engage in travel writing and critical essays in order to challenger the most dominant assumptions about travel as it ties to gender.  Likewise, we will also examine travel in film and music to further complicate the role travel plays in gender construction.  Champion, MWF 10:00 – 11:00.

CAS AM 502 – Special Topics in American Studies – The History of Print in American Culture: This course considers major developments in the history of print, publishing, and reading practices in North America before 1900.  We will build an account of the media and institutions responsible for the dissemination of writing and material texts, with an emphasis on literary and political culture.  What relationship did Americans develop with different kinds of printed artifacts – including newspapers broadsides, pamphlets, magazines, and bound books?  How embedded were American printers and readers in the broader Atlantic world?  How did such embeddedness change over time, from the colonial period to the Reconstruction?  We will consider the relationship between the history of print and a number of phenomena, including early Puritan settlement, the American enlightenment and the Revolution, transatlantic literary culture, early and nineteenth-century black writing, abolitionism, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the Gilded Age.  In so doing, the course will provide an introduction to the history of copyright law and the methodologies of book history.  Readings will include selections from the recently completed, multi-volume History of the Book in America; the work of major authors like Benjamin Franklin, Phillis Wheatley, and Harriet Beecher Stowe; and a wide range of printed matter, from early American almanacs to the magazines of late nineteenth-century mass culture. Rezek, M 1:00 – 4:00.

African American Studies

CAS AA 207 – Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. Social definition of race and ethnicity. The adjustment of different ethnic groups and their impact upon U.S. social life. How prejudice and discrimination create class identities and how caste relations have affected patterns of integration during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS SO 207. Stone, TR 3:30-5:00

CAS AA 304 – Introduction to African American Women Writers. Surveys the writings of African American women writers from slavery to the present and explores the African American female literary tradition in the context of black history and culture. Also offered as CAS EN 370. Boelcskevy, MWF 11:00-12:00

CAS AA 363 – Race and the Development of the American Economy: A Global Perspective. Surveys the economic history of African Americans within the context of the development of the American and global economies. Topics include the economics of slavery; race and industrialization; the Great Migration; anti-discrimination legislation; and the historical origins of contemporary racial inequalities. Also offered as CAS EC 363. Prereq: CAS EC 101; or consent of intructor. Margo, TR 9:30-11:00

CAS AA 385 – Atlantic History. Examines the various interactions that shaped the Atlantic World, connecting Europe, Africa, and the Americas between 1400 and 1800. Begins by defining the political interaction, then emphasizes cultural exchange, religious conversion, and the revolutionary era. Also offered as CAS HI 350. Thornton, MW 5:00-6:30

CAS AA 502 – Topics in African American Literature. Topic for Spring 2013: Transformations of Genre in the Twentieth-Century African American Novel. Major works drawn from the Harlem Renaissance, Realism, Modernism, the Black Arts Movement, and the contemporary period. Authors may include Jean Toomer, Nella Larsen, Wallace Thurman, Richard Wright, Anne Petry, Ralph Ellison, Octavia Butler, John Wideman, Gloria Naylor, and Toni Morrison. Also offered as CAS EN 380. 2 sections scheduled. Boelcskevy, M 1:00-4:00; Jarrett, TR 11:00-12:30

CAS AA 507 – Literature of the Harlem Renaissance. Study of racial thinking and feeling in Europe and the United States since the fifteenth century. Racial thinking in the context of Western encounters with non-European people and Jews; its relation to social, economic, cultural, and political trends. Also offered as CAS HI 580. Richardson, W 1:00-4:00

CAS AA 580 – The History of Racial Thought. A study of the major writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Explores how they proclaimed a renewal of racial consciousness and cultural pride, and how they challenged racial and cultural barriers in American society. Also offered as CAS EN 377. Boelcskevy, W 2:00-5:00

Anthropology

CAS AN 308/AN 708 – Food, Culture, and Society: Study of foodways, culinary social history, and diet and food ecology with special attention to Asian societies and Boston’s food culture. Examines the use of food and cuisine as a focus for identity, national development, and social change. White, MWF 3:00 – 4:00.

CAS AN 438 – Ethnography of American Culture: Provides a theoretical basis for the anthropological investigation of American culture. After an introduction to the classical literature, readings focus on the suburban experience, sexuality and family life, and class in the contemporary United States. Ferraiuolo, TR 12:30 – 2:00.

CAS AN 510 – Proposal Writing for Social Science Research: The purpose of this course is to turn students’ intellectual interests into answerable, field-based research questions. The goal is the production of a project proposal for future research. Also offered as CAS AR 510. Prereq: admission to AN Honors Program or advanced undergraduate standing with consent of instructor. Grad Prereq: graduate student standing in the social sciences or humanities. Marston, T 10:00 – 1:00.

Archaeology

CAS AR 270 – New World Rediscovery: Archaeology of the Age of Exploration: Archaeological evidence for Columbus’s voyage and its aftermath. Topics include coastal exploration, early settlement, and cultural contacts between Europeans and native Americans. Evidence from both land and underwater excavations.
Beaudry, MW 10:00 – 11:30.

CAS AR 510 – Proposal Writing for Social Science Research: The purpose of this course is to turn students’ intellectual interests into answerable, field-based research questions. The goal is the production of a project proposal for future research. Also offered as CAS AN 510. Prereq: admission to AR Honors Program or advanced undergraduate standing with consent of instructor. Grad Prereq: graduate student standing in the social sciences or humanities. TBA, T 10:00 – 1:00.

CAS AR 590 – Life Is a Bowl: Ceramic Studies in Archaeology: Before plastic, there was pottery — pots and pans, cups and dishes, crocks and jars — in every culture and in abundance. Research seminar studies pottery across time and space to elucidate personal habits as well as social, economic, and political developments. Prereq: sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Berlin, W 9:00 – 12:00.

Communication

COM FT 303 – History of Television: In this course we will examine the ways in which industrial factors and communication policies have shaped the medium that sits in 99% of U.S. homes. We will begin by examining television’s roots in radio. The remainder of the course will be broken down into three stages of television history advanced by Rogers, Epstein and Reeves (2002). The first category is TVI- the period of three-network dominance. The next stage, TVII, is characterized by the rise of cable television and the decentering of the three networks. We will conclude the course by considering the current stage of television- TV III- in which the era of “on demand” has further destabilized traditional notions of content, audiences, producers, scheduling and technologies. In addition to tracing this development historically and thematically, we will confront it critically, analyzing the connections between power and money in the medium of television. Jaramillo, MW 4:00 – 6:00.

COM FT 533 – American Independent Film: A survey of cinema from the past three decades originating outside of the studio system. Though the screening list changes from semester to semester, filmmakers to be dealt with include Elaine May, Barbara Loder, John Cassavetes, Robert Kramer, Mark Rappaport, and Charles Burnett, among others. Carney, TR 9:00 – 11:00.

English

CAS EN 127 – Readings in American Literature. Selected American writers from the Colonial period to the present. Prose and poetry representative of the American tradition. Primarily for students not concentrating in English. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 2 sections scheduled. TBA, MWF 12:00-1:00; MWF 1:00-2:00.

CAS EN 220 – Contemporary American Fiction. Novels and short stories published in America since about 1980, literary and genre works, graphic fiction, and a wide range of criticism, from blogs and tweets to academic essays. Authors will include Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, Cormac McCarthy, David Foster Wallace, Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Franzen, Michael Chabon, Allegra Goodman, Ha Jin, Art Spiegelman, Junot Diaz, and others. Prince, TR 12:30-2:00.

CAS EN 327 – Topics in American Literature: Fiction of the Modern American South. Imagining US South in modern novels, short stories, drama, film and other media: D.W. Griffith, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Zora Neale Hurston, Margaret Mitchell, Flannery O’Connor, Tennessee WIlliams; selected contemporary fiction from novelists such as Dorothy Allison and Edward P. Jones; South-themed movies, TV dramas. Matthews, MWF 12:00-1:00.

CAS EN 370 – Introduction to African-American Women Writers. Surveys the writings of African American women writers from slavery to the present and explores the African American female literary tradition in the context of black history and culture. Also offered as CAS AA 304. Fulfills Diverse Literatures requirement. Boelcskevy, MWF 11:00-12:00.

CAS EN 377 – Literature of the Harlem Renaissance. A study of the major writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Explores how they proclaimed a renewal of racial consciousness and cultural pride, and how they challenged racial and cultural barriers in American society. Also offered as CAS AA 507. Fulfills Diverse Literatures requirement. Boelcskevy, W 10:00-1:00.

CAS EN 380 – Twentieth-Century African-American Novel: Transformations of Genre in the Twentieth-Century African-American Novel. Major works drawn from the Harlem Renaissance, Realism, Modernism, the Black Arts Movement, and the contemporary period. Authors may include Jean Toomer, Nella Larsen, Wallace Thurman, Richard Wright, Anne Petry, Ralph Ellison, Octavia Butler, John Wideman, Gloria Naylor, and Toni Morrison. Also offered as AA 502. Fulfills Diverse Literatures requirement. Boelcskevy, M 1:00-4:00.

CAS EN 533 – American Literature: Beginnings to 1855. An introduction to the multiple literary traditions of North America (especially that area that would come to be the United States) from the close of the fifteenth century through 1855. Authors include John Winthrop, Anne Bradstreet, Mary Rowlandson, Benjamin Franklin, Phillis Wheatley, William Apess, Washington Irving, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman. Fulfills Pre-1900 American requirement. Otten, MWF 1:00-2:00.

CAS EN 534 – American Literature: 1855 to 1918. American literature from the Civil War to World War I. Topics include literary realism and naturalism; problems of race, class, and increasing urbanization; changing notions of marriage and the new woman. Authors may include Emily Dickinson, Horatio Alger, Mark Twain, Henry James, William Dean Howells, Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, Edith Wharton, Robert Frost. Fulfills Pre-1900 American requirement. Jarrett, TR 2:00-3:30.

CAS EN 545 – The Nineteenth Century American Novel. This course will provide an overview of the art of the novel as it was imagined and practiced in the nascent United States. Although we will supplement our work with examinations of the material culture of reading and theoretical essays from nineteenth-century periodicals, most of our attentions will fall on the novels themselves. Candidates for inclusion on the syllabus include: William Hill Brown’s The Power of Sympathy, P.D. Manvil’s Lucinda; or, the Mountain Mourner, James Fenimore Cooper’s The Pioneers, Catherine Maria Sedgwick’s A new England Tale, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly, William Wells Brown’s Clotel: or, The President’s Daughter, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson, Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie, Charles Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition. Fulfills Pre-1900 American requirement. Howell, MWF 11:00-12:00.

CAS EN 546 – The Modern American Novel. American fiction from 1900 to 1950. Works by Theodore Dreiser, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Willa Cather, William Faulkner, and others. Attention to literary movements, social and historical contexts, cultural development in other media such as film. Van Anglen, TR 3:30-5:00.

CAS EN 547 – Contemporary American Fiction: Major American Novels since 1984. Syllabus varies from semester to semester but this course may be taken only once for credit. Novels by Don DeLillo, Toni Morrison, Tim O’Brien, Joyce Carol Oates, Philip Roth, and others. Course topics include risk, multiculturalism, trauma and memory, postmodern spiritualities. Mizruchi, MWF 10:00-11:00.

CAS EN 572 – Studies in American Literary Movements: Slavery and American Literature. American literature before the Civil War was profoundly shaped by the slavery crisis. Central questions for this course include: How could slavery exist in the land of freedom? How can writers represent slavery? What is the role of literature in a national and international crisis involving political, ethical, religious, legal, and philosophical quandaries? Readings include novels by Edgar Allan Poe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herman Melville, and William Wells Brown, autobiographies by ex-slaves such as Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Jacobs, as well as speeches from David Walker, Henry David Thoreau, and Abraham Lincoln. We will also spend some time with visual art and songs from the antebellum period. Fulfills Diverse Literatures requirement or Pre-1900 American requirement. Lee, TR 11:00-12:30.

CAS EN 585 – Contemporary American Poetry. Tradition and innovation among post-WWII poets. Focus on individual volumes; may include: Plath, O’Hara, Ginsberg, Lowell, Bishop, Ashbery, Merrill, Simic, Hass, Glück, Komunyakaa. Costello, MWF 10:00-11:00.

CAS EN 587 – St. in African-American Literature: Literacy in African-Am. Literature. Examines literacy in African American literature and in constructions and negotiations of racial identity and social contact. Historical topics include slavery, freedom, higher education, migration, gender, sexuality, and politics. Authors include Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Booker T. Washington, W.E. B. DuBois, Richard Wright, Audre Lorde. Also meets with AA 502 B1. Fulfills Diverse Literatures requirement or Pre-1900 American requirement. Jarrett, TR 11:00-12:30.

CAS EN 594 – Studies in Literature and the Arts: Stanley Kubrick. The cinema of Stanley Kubrick, from Killer’s Kiss (1955) to Eyes Wide Shut (1999). The novels he adapted by Vladimire Nabokov, Anthony Burgess, WIlliam Thackeray, Stephen King, Arthur C. Clarke, and other pertinent fiction are read. Topics include: black comedy, visionary expereince, dreadful stories. Weekly screenings. Monk, TR 11:00-12:30.

History

CAS HI 152 – The United States since 1865. Reconstruction, industrialism, and recent social movements; labor and populism, imperial expansion, progressive politics, World War I, 1920s prosperity and the Great Depression, the New Deal, World War II, and the Cold War. Phiilips, MW 3:30-6:00.

CAS HI 280 – Special Topics in American History. Topic for Spring 2013: Media and Politics. Explores the relationship between media, politics, and popular culture in the twentieth-century United States. Students examine how media and popular culture have shaped the political terrain, influenced voter attitudes, impacted policy, and transformed electoral campaigns. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 351. Brownell, R 6:00-9:00.

CAS HI 283 – The Twentieth-Century American Presidency. Focus on the alterations in the institution of the presidency during the twentieth century. Consideration of Theodore Roosevelt and Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson, Nixon, and Reagan. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 372. Brownell, T 6:00-9:00.

CAS HI 286 – The American Military Experience. Introduction to American military history from the colonial period to the role of military force in contemporary U.S. statecraft. Examines the character of the armed services, the American style of waging war, and the relationship between the military and society. Also offered as CAS IR 320. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 370. Bacevich, TR 9:30-11:00.

CAS HI 301 – A History of Women in the United States. Examines the ideas and experiences of women in the United States from the 1600s through the late twentieth century. Considers the common factors that shaped women’s lives as well as women’s diverse class, ethnic, and regional experiences. Also offered as CAS AM 375. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 375. Silber, TR 9:30-11:00.

CAS HI 306 – American Thought and Culture, 1900 to the Present. Major thinkers and movements in intellectual and cultural history since 1900. Topics include pragmatism and progressivism; ethnic and cultural pluralism; Marxism and liberalism; Cold War ideology and neoconservatism; artistic modernism; psychoanalysis and modernization theory; the New Left, multiculturalism, and postmodernism. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 374. Capper, MWF 10:00-11:00.

CAS HI 308 – Religious Thought in America. Surveys many of the strategies that American religious thinkers have adopted for interpreting the cosmos, the social order and human experience, and the interaction of those strategies with broader currents of American culture. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 354. Staff, MWF 11:00-12:00.

CAS HI 309 – Americans in the World: United States History in Transitional Perspective. Examines how political, cultural, and social movements in the United States have connected with people and developments around the world. Topics include views of American society by outside observers, Americans’ activities abroad, and their part in shaping global integration. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 367. Blower, TR 9:30-11:00.

CAS HI 310 – The Peopling of America. The history of the diverse ethnic groups that comprise the United States with a focus on the immigrant experience; explores questions of inclusion and exclusion and the role immigrants have played in the making of American identity. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 261. Halter, TR 2:00-3:30.

CAS HI 339 – A History of the Present: The United States since 1968. Surveys American society since the upheavals of the 1960s. Topics include war, politics, religion, and popular culture as well as changing notions about race, gender, and selfhood. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled “The United States since 1968″ that was previously numbered CAS HI 365. Schulman, TR 12:30-2:00.

CAS HI 350 – Atlantic History. Examines the various interactions that shaped the Atlantic World, connecting Europe, Africa, and the Americas between 1400 and 1800. Begins by defining the political interaction, then emphasizes cultural exchange, religious conversion, and the revolutionary era. Also offered as CAS AA 385. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS HI 385. Thornton, MW 5:00-6:30.

CAS HI 468 – American Society since 1970: Issues in Domestic Political, Cultural, and Social History. A historical investigation of the United States at the end of the American century, including Watergate and the imperial presidency, stagflation, the “New Politics” and the “Me Decade,” conservatism, feminism, race relations, religion, politics, culture, community and family life. Brownell, T 12:00-3:00.

CAS HI 502 – Drafts of History: Journalism and Historical Revisionism. Considers episodes from U.S. history, comparing the “draft” of journalists to subsequent historical accounts. Analyzes how new evidence alters understanding of events, but also how different eras ask questions about the past, interrogate different sources, and appeal to different audiences. Schulman, TR 3:30-5:00.

History of Art & Architecture

CAS AH 284 – Arts in America: Survey of American painting, architecture, sculpture, prints, and photography from the early settlement in 1630 to the present. Morgan, MWF 9:00 – 11:00.

CAS AH 295 – History of Photography: An introduction to the study of photographs. The history of the medium in Europe and America from its invention in 1839 to the present. After lectures on photographic theory and methodology, photographs are studied both as art objects and as historical artifacts. Sichel, TR 11:00 – 12:30.

CAS AH 385 – American Architecture: This class provides an introductory survey to the American built environment across centuries and spanning regions. Through lectures, readings, and discussion, students will examine how culture, technology, economics, and geography have shaped American buildings, spaces, and landscapes. Topics will range from houses, court houses, and churches to factories, cities, and resort communities. Moore, TR 12:30 – 2:00.

CAS AH 521 – Curatorship & Exhibition Development: Topic & description TBA. McNamara, T 9:30 – 12:30.

CAS AH 570 – Early American Architecture: Lectures and field trips explore American architecture and buildings from initial European contact through the end of the Eighteenth Century. Emphasis on New England, with discussion of architectural forms from other regions. Dempsey, T 2:00 – 5:00.

CAS AH 580 – Transnationalism & Architecture: In recent times, the field of history has been characterized by the growth of studies adopting a “transnational” perspective, a phenomenon that has touched on disciplines as diverse as the history of international relations, the history of social policies, cultural history, migration history, and intellectual history. The aim of the seminar is to start a discussion on the transnational character of modern architecture and to verify to which extent the paradigm of transnational history can be applied to modern architecture as a historical subject. In doing so, the seminar will consider a narrative that covers the 20th century but that, at times, includes events that took place during the 18th and 19th centuries. Scrivano, W 1:00 – 4:00.

CAS AH 587 – Green Design: This seminar will explore the historical context for the current issues of sustainability and green architecture from the eighteenth century to the present. The recent explosion of interest in sustainability and green architecture will be examined within its larger Western context, with a primary focus on the American situation. The engagement of architecture with nature will be charted through questions of landscape theory, public park making, suburbanization, adaptive re-use and new green materials and methods of construction, among other topics. The course will involve discussion of common readings, site visits, and independent research. Morgan, M 1:00 – 4:00.

CAS AH 591 – Seminar in Photographic History: A study of changing uses, definitions, and archives of documentary photography from 1839 to the present. Topics will include urban photography, war imagery, topographical and survey landscapes, architectural records, social reform photography, New Deal imagery, and digital documents. We will concentrate on the rich archival resources available in the museums, university archives, and historical societies in the greater Boston area. Sichel, R 2:00 – 5:00.

Music

CFA MU 341/351-Topics in World Music, “Music in American Cultures:” This course offers both an introductory look at the diverse musical cultures of the U.S., as well as an examination of how various world music traditions brought by people to the U.S. have been shaped by the unique space of the nation.  Through these musical practices, we will investigate the ways in which many of these styles are the product of long-running interracial and intercultural dialogue, struggles, and negotiation processes that continue to produce new hybrid forms. Because of the vast array of musical cultures present in the U.S., this course is necessarily selective and introductory. Rather than providing an exhaustive survey of every culture or music in the U.S., we will focus on several key voices and moments within this broader history, with emphasis on popular and “roots” genres.

Throughout the semester, this course will examine each musical practice at hand within a broader historical, political, and economic context. As necessary part of developing the ability to critically think through musical material, this course will introduce key readings on the issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality. You will also be introduced to basic musical concepts and terminology, and acquire listening skills that will enable you to better encounter and understand music in this course and beyond. The overall goal is to develop our ability to hear and appreciate the multiple entanglements that make music so deeply immersed in competing interests and sensibilities. Abe, T /Th 9:30-11:00

Political Science

CAS PO 324 – Media and Politics in the United States: (Meets with CAS IR 503.) Examines changes over time in the American polity’s assumptions about what the press ought to do. In particular, relates our understanding of the press’s role to contemporary media developments including technological changes, corporate media ownership, and the re-amateurization of journalism. Prereq: CAS PO 211; or consent of instructor. Christenson, TR 9:30 – 11:00.

CAS PO 516 – Selected Readings in American Politics: Einstein, M 2:00 – 5:00.

CAS PO 570 – The U.S. in the Middle East: (Meets with CAS IR 503.) Examines the historical development and present status of the United States’ association with the Middle East: American commercial, economic, political, military, and humanitarian interests in the area and their interaction. Norton, W 1:00 – 4:00.

CAS PO 568 – U.S.-Latin American Relations: (Meets with CAS IR 503.) (Meets with CAS IR 568.) The international context within which Latin American countries operate, with primary emphasis on U.S. policy toward the region. Includes historical overview, the policymaking process itself, and case studies of specific policy issues. Keller, M 1:00 – 4:00.

CAS PO 674 – The United States as a World Power: Meets with GRS HI 859. The course material is organized along a debate format. Although the course is primarily concerned with twentieth-century U.S. foreign policy, attention is also given to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century issues. Winger, R 3:30 – 6:30.

Religion

CAS RN 121 – Religion in America: Religion in American history from the early European encounters with indigenous peoples to the pluralistic present. Focus on interrelationship of religious beliefs and practices with intellectual, social, political, and cultural life in America. Readings may include: Jefferson, Vivekananda, Heschel, King, Daly. Evans, MWF 10:00 – 11:00.

CAS RN 318/IR 318 – Religion and American Foreign Policy: Introduction to historical roots and contemporary relevance of religion for American foreign policy. Uses conventional chronological approaches to explore key themes that illustrate the role of religion as input and object of American foreign policy. TBD, F 10:00 – 1:00.

CAS RN 427/GRS RN 727/STH TX 827 – Topics in American Religion: Atheism and Agnosticism in U.S. History: A historical exploration of skeptics and freethinkers in the United States from figures such as Thomas Paine and “The Great Agnostic” Robert Ingersoll to Christohper Hitchens and other “New Atheists.” Prothero, T 3:30 – 6:30.

Sociology

CAS SO 205 – American Families: So families aren’t just random results of Cupid’s arrow? Professor Catherine Connell introduces sociological ways to think about families. Includes Discussion sections. Connell, TR 9:30 – 11:00.

CAS SO 256 – Contemporary American Society: Just how is America different from other countries? Professor Stephen Kalberg helps you look at this society and what makes it tick. Kalberg, TR 3:30 – 5:00.