The interdisciplinary American Studies minor draws courses from several departments across the College of Arts & Sciences.
In addition to the introductory course that all students take, courses from Art History, Black Studies, Communication and Journalism, Education Studies, English, Government, History, Music History, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, and Theatre may be used to fulfill the minor requirements. Visit the Academics page for eligible courses in those areas.
This course offers a basic introduction to American culture and society through the study of American History. The city of Boston and its extraordinary history and institutions will be at the heart of the class and students will frequently visit sites close to the campus. Topics will focus on areas such as the way people from different cultures have understood and misunderstood each other; the evolution of American politics and political institutions; the American Revolution and the founding documents and institutions of the United States; the distinct forms of American religion, American literature and the American economy; slavery and race in American society; the rise of America to world power; the changing role of women; the New Deal and the rise of the modern welfare state; immigration; the development of popular culture; and the meaning of Donald Trump.
Examines artistic, social, and political imaginings of America and Americans. We will read works by American and foreign observers of the United States to ask how Americans define themselves and how others see them. Course assignments will introduce students to themes, perspectives, and methods in the field of American Studies.
Social & Intellectual HST