• American Studies

  • Courses

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    Students select one of the following American literature and culture core courses, one course in U.S. history and three additional courses, as determined in consultation with Dean Joanne Jacobson.

    ENG 2911 Literature and Culture of the American City
    3 credits

    How writers have responded to intensifying urbanization in the United States, largely since the end of the 19th century, and the role of literature in defining a distinctly urban culture or consciousness during this period. Fulfills the core requirement for the minor in American studies.

    ENG 2912 American Literature and Culture 1876–1918
    3 credits

    The dramatic cultural transitions—particularly those accompanying urbanization, industrialization, and immigration—that shaped writing and society in the United States from the decade following the Civil War through the end of World War I. Fulfills the core requirement for the minor in American studies.

    ENG 2913 American Literature and Culture 1919–41
    3 credits

    Literatures response to cultural events between the two world wars, especially the rise of middle-class consumer culture and conservative social values during the 1920s, and the crisis of confidence and effort to restore order during the Depression. Fulfills the core requirement for the minor in American studies.

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