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Undergraduate Degree Programs

American Studies (AM ST)

AM ST 105 (GH;US) (ENGL 105) American Popular Culture and Folklife (3) Survey of popular culture, folklife, and ethnicity, synthesizing material from such areas as literature, media, entertainment, print, music, and film.

AM ST (ENGL) 105 American Popular Culture and Folklife (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

AM ST/ENGL 105 covers a broad scope of materials, which may range from early to contemporary American folk and popular cultures. While selected topics for reading and discussion often vary from class to class, all courses focus on a critical examination of a variety of popular and fold cultures in order to produce an enriched understanding of America and its inhabitants. To meet this goal, popular and folk cultures will be examined from a variety of perspectives, including literature, history, politics, film, race, gender, class, and geography. Course requirements frequently include: essay exams, papers, journal entries, vigorous class discussion, and course talk participation. Technology is often incorporated into the class well, this course (or AM ST 100) is a requirement for the American Studies major and minor, and offers students valuable experience in critical thinking, analysis, and writing. Non-American Studies majors and minors may use this course to fulfill a general education or Bachelor of Arts/Humanities credit. AM ST/ENGL 105 serves as a broad introduction to American popular and folk cultures as well as interpretive strategies relevant to the study of cultures and individuals. The course, as a result, provides preparation for more advanced courses in American studies, American literature, and American history.

General Education: GH
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Fall 2008

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.