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Spring 2021 Courses

AMER 1002: Introduction to American Studies
Multiple courses taught by Professor Valentine and Professor Rewers

AMER 2500: American Cultures: Past, Present, Future
Taught by Professor Jacobs

AMER 3200: Global Perspectives on the U.S.
Taught by Professor Valentine
This seminar course will explore the migration and resettlement of Black Americans To, From and Within the United States in response to war, promises of freedom, and in response to oppression. During various moments in America’s history, people of color seized opportunities to move to another state, create community, or to simply leave the United States altogether. The course explores the social political and economic forces within American society that served to push and pull black Americans towards the promises of freedom and self-determination that irrigation offered.

AMER 3890: Topics in American Studies – Writing the Blues
Taught by Professor Williams
Writing the Blues – Blues Narratives and the Written Word: This course will explore the tradition of blues literature. How do we define the blues and its work? What is a blues poem? A blues novel? Over the course of the semester, we will seek to navigate the liminal spaces between the blues as a feeling (I have the blues), the blues as a genre of music inspired by said feeling, and the rich body of literature inspired by the intersection of the two. This online class will be offered synchronously.

AMER 4960: Senior Project
Taught by Professor Jacobs

AMER 4999: Senior Honors Thesis

AMER 8000: Graduate Workshop in American Studies – Rhetoric of Inq. In American Studies
Taught by Professor Stob
Note: American Studies is an interdisciplinary field that links scholars from such disciplines as history, English, philosophy, sociology, religious studies, communication studies, and more. This course will explore the past, present and future of American Studies through the language, symbols, and discourse that shape its interdisciplinary inquiry. Beginning with a brief history of the field, the course will feature the scholarship of (and discussions led by) Vanderbilt faculty from across the university. In addition, the course will offer students the chance to continue working on projects already begun in their home departments but this time in the context of peer-led, interdisciplinary writing groups.

FALL 2020 Courses

AMER 1002: Introduction to American Studies
An interdisciplinary approach to American culture, character, and life.

AMER 2500: American Cultures: Past, Present, Future

American cultural history from earliest contact between North American indigenous peoples and Europeans to the present. Popular norms and beliefs as well as literature, art, and philosophy. Ideas of exceptionalism, democracy, and the marketplace; struggles over inclusion and citizenship; and the U.S. role in globalization.

AMER 3890: Topics in American Studies – Faith, Politics, and Polarization
This seminar course will explore the complex relationship between religion (primarily Christianity) and partisan politics in the United States. It will analyze religious beliefs and values in American culture and the impact on voting patterns. Divisive issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, the death penalty, euthanasia, immigration, access to health care, medical ethics, and religious liberty will be debated. This class will coincide with the 2020 presidential election and will pay close attention to the issues being debated. A strong emphasis will be placed on practical methods for encouraging civility, mutual respect, and robust dialogue despite foundational and ideological differences.


AMER 4000: Research Methods Workshop
Interdisciplinary method for qualitative research. Examines approaches to the study of culture, history, and aesthetic experience. Students will have an opportunity to apply methods through projects.

Fall 2020 Courses pre-approved to count towards American Studies

AADS 1010: Introduction to African American and Diaspora Studies

CMA 1600: Introduction to Film and Media Studies

CMST 3110: Women, Rhetoric, and Social Change

ECON 3150: Topics in the Economic History of the U.S.

ECON 4520W: Seminar on Globalization

ENGL 2320: Southern Literature

ENGL 3646: Poetry Since World War II

ENGL 3654W: African American Literature

ENGL 3664: Jewish American Literature

ENGL 3680: Twentieth-Century Drama

ENGL 3898W: Special Topics in English and American Literature – History & Theory of the Novel

GER 2581: Nineteenth-Century Philosophy

HIST 1370: Colonial Latin America

HIST 1383: Slave Resistance in the Americas

HIST 1390: America to 1776: Discovery to Revolution

HIST 1410: U.S. 1877-1945: Reconstruction through World War II

HIST 1640: History of American Capitalism

HIST 1730: The U.S. and the Cold War

HIST 2510: Reform and Revolution in Latin America

HIST 2580: American Indian History before 1850

HIST 2855: Women and Gender in the U.S. to 1865

JS 1111: First-Year Writing Seminar – FYS: Black-Jewish Relations

JS 2420W: American Jewish Songwriters

LAS 2101: Introduction to Latin America

MHS 1930: Social Dimensions of Health and Illness

MHS 1940: Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

MUSL 1600: American Popular Music

MUSL 1640: Country Music

MUSL 1650: History of Rock Music

PHIL 2104: Nineteenth-Century Philosophy

PSCI 1100: Introduction to American Government and Politics

PSCI 2245: The American Presidency PSCI 2263: Religion and Politics

RLST 3142: Slave Religion and Culture in the American South

SOC 3322: Immigration in America

SOC 3602: Change and Social Movements in the Sixties

SOC 3604: American Social Movements

SOC 3611: Women and the Law

SOC 3621: Criminology

SOC 3624: Prison Life

SPAN 4741: Spanish-American Literature of the Post-Boom Era

SUMMER 2020 Courses

AMER 1002W: Introduction to American Studies

AMER 2075: Conspiracy Culture in America
Conspiracy theories in American culture and history. Topics include witch trials, anti-Semitism, anti-Catholicism, the red scare, UFOs, and the Kennedy assassination. Relation of conspiracy theories to broader cultures of knowledge.

AMER 2100: Sports, Culture, and Society

Multifaceted role of sports in culture and society, past and present. Cross-cultural perspectives on U.S. sports and related practices.

SUMMER 2020 Courses pre-approved to count towards American Studies

HIST 1420: US Post-1945: Cold War to the Present

HART 1400: U.S. Icons and Monuments

MUSL 2320: Exploring the Film Soundtrack

PSCI 3260: Introduction to American Law

AADS 1010: Introduction to African American and Diaspora Studies

MUSL 1600: American Popular Music

PSCI 2262: The Judicial Process

SOC 3621: Criminology

SOC 3223: Schools and Society: The Sociology of Education

SOC 3301: Society and Medicine