Fall 2022 Graduate Courses

American Studies

Special Topics in American Studies CAS AM 501
Prof. Battenfeld
Tu/Th 11:00am – 12:15pm

Topic for Fall 2022: Unsettling American Studies. Explores frameworks such as critical race theory and decolonization that recognize the centrality of racism and settler colonialism to American life. Students consider theories, practices, and debates, and apply what they have learned to a research topic of their choice. Capstone course for American & New England Studies majors.

The American South in History, Literature, and Film CAS AM 505
Prof. Silber
Thur 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Explores the American South through literature, film, and other sources. Considers what, if anything, has been distinctive about the Southern experience and how a variety of Americans have imagined the region over time. Also offered as CAS HI 505. Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness.

Places of Memory: Historic Preservation Theory and Practice CAS AM 546
Prof. Stevenson
Fri 11:15am – 2:00pm

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. Ahlstrom
Wed 2:30pm – 5:15 pm

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. 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. Patterson
Thur 12:30pm – 3:15pm

Introduction to classic problems in the interpretation of American society and culture. Required of all American Studies PhD students.

Independent Research Project Colloquium GRS AM 775
Prof. Haenraets

Restricted to students in their final semester of the Preservation Studies Master’s Program. Provides for the research and writing of an independent, rigorous, and original capstone project in the preservation field, with guidance from faculty.

Material Culture GRS AM 867
Prof. Moore
Tues 3:30 – 6:15pm

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.

Affiliated Departments

This is only a sampling of courses. Please refer to individual department websites and the University Class Schedule for complete course offerings.

Note: Graduate students must take classes at the 500+ level.

African American Studies


Film and Television


History of Art & Architecture