Fall 2024 Graduate Courses

American Studies

Research Seminar in American Studies CAS AM 501 A1
Prof. Phillips
Thur 3:30 – 6:15pm

American Studies majors and minors complete their program of study by undertaking a one- or two- semester (AM 501 and/or AM 502) senior project based on original research or criticism. Topics vary by semester. Topics for Fall 2024: Food and and Power in American History. This course Explores how food—its production and its accessibility—have structured historical patterns of American inequality, citizenship, and health. Specific topics include slavery, labor and meatpacking, farm workers, the civil rights movement, food stamps/SNAP, obesity, and the intersections of environmental and nutritional justice. Effective Fall 2023, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing-Intensive Course, Research and Information Literacy.

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

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

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