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2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

American Studies Minor

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Degree Type Offered: Minor

Consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours.  The following courses are required:

ENG-224W Introduction to American Studies

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Introduces students to the elements of American culture in the interdisciplinary manner of American studies. After gaining an understanding of the academic field itself, students explore the variety of ways to consider American culture including methodological and genre-based approaches. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: global dynamics and writing intensive

ENG-324 American Cultural History

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

A survey of the beliefs and ideas that have shaped American culture from the colonial period to the present. Topics covered may include the rise of consumer culture, cultural attitudes toward the arts, the significance of race and gender in American culture, and the effect of American cultural and political attitudes on the landscape. While gaining knowledge of the United States' cultural past students will acquire an understanding of culture's role in the present state of the nation and the United States' international roles. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: global dynamics

And four courses (at least 3 credits from each category) chosen from the following:

Arts and Literature

Choose a minimum of one course from the following:

ART-300W Modern & Post-Modern Art

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Critical study of the visual arts of the last 100 years with emphasis on understanding the implications of the concepts we know as modernism and postmodernism. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350; ENG 110 FILA general Education: fine arts & music and writing intensive

ENG-220 American Folklife

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Explores the role played by traditional American culture, including music, narrative, medicine, vernacular architecture, and folk art and craft. Much of the course will concentrate on the folk culture of the Shenandoah Valley. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: world cultures Offered alternate years

ENG-337W Asian American Literature

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Through close reading and discussion of poetry, short fiction, and the novel students will approach an understanding of what it means to categorize these texts as "Asian American literature." The course explores what connections and discontinuities people of Asian ancestry encounter while living in the United States and asks how gender, sexuality, and class inflect representations of Asian American identity. Representative authors include Chang Rae-Lee, Aimee Nezhukumatithil, Brian Komei Dempster, Li Young Lee, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Ocean Vuong. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: literature and writing intensive

ENG-390 Southern Literature

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Study of the literature and culture of the southern United States from the 19th century to the present. Explores the cultural development of the region and the influence of the historical context including slavery, reconstruction, economic depression, and the Civil Rights movement. Writers studied may include Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Zora Neale Hurston, James Dickey, Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, Alice Walker, Cormac McCarthy and Larry Brown. Prerequisite: ENG-110 FILA general education: literature Offered alternate years

ENG-400 Seminar in a Major Literary Figure

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Or Spring

Critical examination of the life and writing of a major figure from American, British, or world literature. May take more than once for credit if the featured literary figure is different each time. Figures may include Dante, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Milton, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Henrik Ibsen, William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf or William Faulkner. Prerequisites: ENG-110 FILA general education: literature

ENG-401 American Literature I

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Explores the development of American literature from the Colonial period up through late 19th century American Realism (ENG 401). Transcendentalism, Realism, and Naturalism are examined. Sequence continues from the Modernist period to the present (ENG 402). Examines imagist poetry, existentialism, confessional poetry, postmodernism, the Beat movement, metafiction, and various multicultural perspectives. Prerequisite: ENG-200 or permission of instructor Does not satisfy the FILA general education literature requirement

ENG-402 American Literature II

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Explores the development of American literature from the Colonial period up through late 19th century American Realism (ENG 401). Transcendentalism, Realism, and Naturalism are examined. Sequence continues from the Modernist period to the present (ENG 402). Examines imagist poetry, existentialism, confessional poetry, postmodernism, the Beat movement, metafiction, and various multicultural perspectives. Prerequisite: ENG-200 or permission of instructor Does not satisfy the FILA general education literature requirement

MUS-232 American Music

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

American musical life from colonial times to the present. Samplings include music following both the European classical tradition (operatic, choral, symphonic, etc.) and America's popular tradition (ragtime, jazz, rock, etc.). Specific topics in the general areas are treated in detail by individual research. Corequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: fine arts and music

MUS/SOC-233 Social History of Jazz in America

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examines how jazz music has mirrored the social history of the American people, reflecting ethnic and racial influences, historic events, and cultural change. Examines the history, styles and techniques of American jazz through lecture, audio and video recordings, and live demonstrations. Increases the appreciation and enjoyment of jazz. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: fine arts & music (Cross-listed as SOC-233)

Multiculturalism, Ethnicity, Class and Gender

Choose a minimum of one course from the following:

ENG-221 The Images of "folk" in Literature

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Introduces students to the concept of folk groups and the ways they have been represented to mainstream cultures through the media of film and literature. Explores literature in conjunction with viewing of film and television depictions of "the folk" as well as documentary films made by folklorists. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: global dynamics FILA alternate years

ENG-243 Native American Literature and Culture

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Anthropological survey of Native North American and Meso-American cultures, examining features such as traditional subsistence patterns, kinship structures, religious beliefs and practices, social and political structures, artistic expression, and intellectual history. Focuses on the literary heritage of Native American cultures, beginning with the oral tradition and storytelling, and continuing on to the "Native American Renaissance", the proliferation of Native American authors and poets that began in the 1960s and continues to the present. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: world cultures Offered alternate years

ENG-336 Literature of the Black Experience

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Selected readings in the fiction, drama, poetry and non-fiction prose of major black writers, both African and African-American. Influential authors may include Douglass, Wright, Ellison, Achebe, Baldwin, and Morrison. Prerequisite: ENG-110 FILA general education: literature

HIST-340 American Indian History

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examines the history of American Indians from pre-contact civilizations and cultures to the present. It demonstrates the diversity of individual, tribal, national, and pan-Indian experiences in the context of culture, society, religion, economics, politics, and law. Students investigate a variety of sources including scholarly and popular non-fictional and fictional writings, images, songs, and films. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: world cultures Offered alternate years

SOC-333 Racial and Ethnic Studies

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

The nature of racial relations and inequalities in American society, including their historical origins and relationship to Western capitalist development. The ethnic composition of contemporary American society, impact of legal and illegal immigration patterns, dynamics of modern structures and institutions, the Civil Rights Movement, inter-ethnic conflicts and attitudes, multiculturalism and status of affirmative action are analyzed in the context of national and global social change. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and SOC-101 FILA general education: global dynamics

History and Culture

Choose a minimum of one course from the following:

COMM-230 Communication Technologies: History, Culture, and Society

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

An introduction to the history and influence of communication technology in society. The class will explore the various social, political, cultural, and economic impacts of new communication technology. Major topics include: the origins of writing, printing, photography, film, the telegraph and telephone, radio, television, and the internet.

ECON-310 U.S. Economics & Business History

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Traces the growth and development of the U.S. economy and economic institutions from the Colonial era to the present with special emphasis on key institutions and events, such as slavery, industrialization, the rise of big business and the Great Depression. Prerequisite: ECON-200 or ECON-210 FILA general education: global dynamics

ENG-222 American Lives

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

Studies a range of autobiographical writings in the context of America culture, focusing on individual lives as they intersect with U.S. social history and lived experience. Readings and other source materials vary. Prerequisite: ENG-110

HIST-201 History of the United States to 1877

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

The United States from settlement to Reconstruction. Major themes include the development of a new society, evolution of democratic behavior, and the growth of sectionalism. Includes both social and political approaches.

HIST-202 History of the United States Since 1877

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

The United States from Reconstruction until the present. Major themes include industrialization and modernization, the increased role of government, greater U. S. involvement in international affairs, and the impact of these changes on society. A continuation of HIST-201.

HIST/REL-365 Foundations of American Religion

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Survey of American religious history with a focus on origins and diversity. Major topics include Puritanism, Revivalism, Mormonism, Methodism, African-American religion, fundamentalism, Catholicism, and Judaism and religion during the cold war. Offered alternate years (Cross-listed as REL-365)

HIST-462 History of the United States South

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Survey of the former slaveholding states. Focuses on slavery and slavery politics, race relations, and distinctive characteristics of Southern Society. Offered alternate years

SOC-338 Introduction to Material Culture Studies

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

Introduces students to techniques for examination of objects and artifacts through the study of important texts, hands-on experience, on-site visits to museums, buildings and cultural landscapes. Topics include vernacular architecture, cultural geography, popular design, technology, folk life and archaeology. Prerequisite: SOC-101

Other elective courses, including those from study abroad programs, may be included with departmental approval.