2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    May 26, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

AST201: American Civilization I: Introduction to American Studies

3 Credit(s)
This course is team-taught by two instructors trained in different disciplines. Discussion-based, seminar-style class meetings invite students to learn by doing. Asking a fundamental question–“What does it mean to be American?”–this course explores the contested and changing understanding of American identity from the colonial period through the U.S. Civil War. Students and professors read and discuss classic American writings while also examining other sources, such as artwork, music, material culture, and architecture. Primary emphasis is placed on developing an analytical approach to the study of American history and culture.
Theme: Defining the American Experience