Spring 2023 Graduate Courses

American Studies and Preservation Studies

Special Topics in American Studies CAS AM 502
Prof. Rezek
Fri 11:15am -2:00pm

May be repeated for credit as topic changes. Topic for Spring 2023: The History of Print in Early America. Considers the history of print in North America before 1900. Topics include the literature of colonization, the American Revolution, early Black and Native American writing, transatlantic literary culture, Reconstruction, and Victorian readers. Authors include John Smith, Benjamin Franklin, Phillis Wheatley, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Preservation Planning: CAS AM 554
Thur 6:30pm-9:15pm
Prof. Wermiel

Introduces students to local, state, and national government policies and practices intended to protect historically and aesthetically significant structures. In addition, the course covers planning approaches aimed at managing redevelopment in established neighborhoods, to create livable and sustainable communities.

Studies in American Culture: GRS AM 735
Wed 2:30-5:15pm
Pro. Will Moore

Introduction to handling of primary materials from a number of disciplines in order to develop an American Studies perspective. Required of all American Studies PhD students.

Independent Research Project Colloquium GRS AM 775
Prof. Jan 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.

Professional Development Seminar: GRS AM 899
T 3:30pm-5:15pm
Prof. Ross Barrett

A seminar offering advanced PhD students the opportunity to present and discuss works-in-progress and structured guidance for the tasks involved in academic and curatorial job applications (dossier and Curriculum Vitae preparation, cover letters, writing samples, teaching statements and course syllabi, interviews, job talks). The course is divided into two kinds of meetings: (1) workshops on topics such as fellowship applications, conference papers, placement tasks, and publishing and (2) paper and dissertation chapter presentations by students, which will be critiqued by students, the seminar instructor, and other faculty from the Department.  Some attention will be paid to fellowship selection and application, professional ethics, pedagogy, and the job market. Much of the course will involve critiquing student scholarship and writing in a collaborative workshop model. Additional sessions will involve panels of recently placed PhD students who can offer experienced advice about the job search and invited faculty members from the Department to conduct mock interviews.

Open to PhD students after completion of required Ph.D coursework. Cannot be used to fulfill PhD course requirements. 4 Credits.

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