Fall 2019 Undergraduate Courses
American Arts and Society: CAS AM 250
Prof. Mary Battenfeld
Investigates key issues and themes in American arts and letters. Topic for Fall 2019: Hamilton: an American Musical. Examines Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical as cultural phenomenon, transformative work of art, version of American history, and political commentary on race, immigration, and gender. With Hamilton as the focus, we probe broader questions about the role and impact of the arts in American society.
Perspectives on the American Experience: CAS AM 301
Prof. Jason Henson
American history and society as viewed by those who made it. Topic for Fall 2019: The American War Film in the Sound Era. This class will examine American World War II, Vietnam War, and Iraq War films regarding aesthetic, sociohistorical, and technological contexts in which they were produced, as well as how the films reflect the shifting attitudes toward war in American culture.
American Buildings and Landscapes: CAS AM 385
Prof. Will Moore
An introductory analytic survey of American buildings and landscapes within their historical and cultural contexts. Students examine forces that have shaped the American built environment. Topics range from Indian mounds to commercial strips, Spanish missions to skyscrapers. Also offered as CAS AH 385.
Special Topics in American Studies: CAS AM 501
Prof. Jan Haenraets
Topic for Fall 2019: ReThink: Adaptive Reuse and Revitalization. Adaptive reuse and revitalization of historical places has become indispensable towards achieving healthy, sustainable and vibrant built environments. The course critically explores and analyzes American examples of completed projects and the employed approaches towards design and managing change.