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American Studies

Courses

AMST/HIST110History of the United States IAmerica from contact times to 1865, with emphasis on economic, social, intellectual, and political developments.
AMST/HIST111History of the United States IIAmerica from 1865 to the present, with emphasis on economic, social, intellectual, and political developments.
AMST/ENGL269New World Narratives: American Literature 1500-1790A study of the divergent and complementary tales emerging from those settled in or settling "America." Texts include American Indian and European creation myths, exploration narratives, Puritan poetry, captivity narratives, and late 18th-century fiction and non-fiction.Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or an English Reading the World course.
AMST/ENGL270Reform and Renaissance: U.S. Literature 1790-1865A study of literature emerging during a period of significant social upheavals; the continuing shift from a colonial to an "American" identity, the unsettling of indigenous populations, the movement of European populations westward, and the Slavery and Woman questions. Through an exploration of diverse texts, students will examine a literature shaped by an impulse to transform or reform pre-existing perspectives and genres.Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or an English Reading the World course.
AMST/ENGL275American Realisms: U.S. Literature 1865-1914This course examines a variety of approaches to knowing a literary period. We will explore theoretical, socio-historical, formal, and thematic paradigms that can organize our understanding of the wide variety of written and cinematic texts produced in the period between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of World War I. Through a study of the frequently conflicting stories about gender, race, sexuality, art, and Americanness that come to voice during this period, students will challenge and complicate their definitions of literary realism.Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or an English Reading the World course.
AMST/ENGL276Modernism and Postmodernism: U.S. Literature 1914-PresentA study of the rise of a modern aesthetic in the wake of World War I and the postmodern response in the second half of the 20th century with an eye toward the diversity of voices and formal choices that mark this period.Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or an English Reading the World course.
AMST593Senior Individualized ProjectEach program or department sets its own requirements for Senior Individualized Projects done in that program, including the range of acceptable projects, the required background of students doing projects, the format of the SIP, and the expected scope and depth of projects. See the Kalamazoo Curriculum -> Curriculum Details and Policies section of the Academic Catalog for more details.Prerequisite: Permission of department and SIP supervisor required.