Spring 2022 Undergraduate Courses

Intro to American Studies: CAS AM 200 
Th 11:00am-12:15pm
Prof. Mary Battenfeld

An exploration of the multi-faceted themes of American society and culture in selected historical periods using a variety of approaches to interpret such topics as American art, literature, politics, material culture, and the mass media. Required of majors and minors. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: Critical Thinking, Research and Information Literacy.

Native American Studies: CAS AM 220
Th 3:30pm-6:15pm
Prof. Mary Battenfeld

Examines diverse cultural expressions of Native peoples, from oral traditions to modern fiction, and their historic and political contexts. Employs interdisciplinary perspectives from Native American and Indigenous Studies to ask critical questions about the arts, identity, community, and creativity.

American Arts & Society: CAS AM 301
T/Th 9:30-10:45am

Cultures of U.S. Progressivism, 1900 – Today: Explores progressive issues from Black Lives Matter, to #MeToo, and the Green New Deal. This course invites students to explore the contentious history of United States progressivism in the twentieth century by studying key literary, visual, and popular cultural texts in their historical contexts.

American Material Culture: CAS AM 567
T/Th 12:30pm-1:45pm
Prof. Katherine Lennard

Material culture studies of the twentieth century life must contend with mass consumption, global supply chains, changing national demographics, and the increasing speed of aesthetic trends. Through readings by historians and art historians, along with firsthand examinations of objects in local museum and archival collections, students will investigate the unique roles that artifacts played in the social and cultural lives of a diverse group of twentieth century Americans.