AMST-203 American Civilization I: Beginnings of American Identity (1607-1876)
Fall for 2015-2016
American Civilization I and II offer an intensive interdisciplinary survey of the evolution of American society from European colony to world power with special focus on the intellectual and cultural dimensions of the American experience. These courses also provide an introduction to American Studies methodology. They are designed for students who intend to major in American Studies.
Am Civ I will focus on various aspects of the American mind and culture in the 17th and 18th centuries. This course is not a history course. Rather, it is an interdisciplinary course designed to introduce students to a variety of lenses through which to view the American experience. Through select primary accounts and secondary analyses from various moments in history, the class will seek to understand how the colonists’ identities, values, and choices shaped their relationships with the native people, with their labor force, with their land, and with their God. Out of these discussions, students have an opportunity to critically evaluate American origin stories, the role of Englishness, and the complexities of interpreting the dynamics and ideals leading up to the American Revolution.
[Students must be interested in majoring in American Studies get Instructor Permission to take this course.]
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