American Studies Course Offerings

Please see the section on "Course Description Symbols and Terms" in the University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

Introduction to American Studies
3.0 Fa/Spr

Basic course in American Studies. An interdisciplinary study of major aspects of American character and values from the colonial period to the twentieth century focusing on those characteristics and ideas which have helped define us as "American." This is an approved General Education course. (000399)

American Ethnic and Regional Writers
3.0 Fall

An interdisciplinary study of the culture and literature oral and written of an American ethnic group or groups, with emphasis on ties to particular regions and traditions. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. This course is also offered as ENGL 264. (000408)

Religion in America
3.0 Fall

An introduction to the variety of religious expressions in the history of the United States. The course explores the impact of religion on American society and examines how religion has shaped and been shaped by American ideals, values, and institutions. Topics include the interplay of European and indigenous religious traditions, religious freedom, the historical roots of religious trends such as pluralism and fundamentalism, and the contributions of ethnic minorities to the contemporary religious landscape. This course is also offered as RELS 322. (000405)

American Popular Culture
3.0 Fa/Spr

Interdisciplinary study of American popular culture from an historical/cultural perspective, with particular emphasis on how popular culture is both created and consumed and on how it affects and reflects contemporary American society. This is an approved General Education course. (000402)

Working in America
3.0 Inquire

This course surveys the history of labor and work (paid and unpaid) in America from the colonial era to the present. It examines topics and interpretations representing the "old" and the "new" labor history in the context of America's industrial, economic, political, social, and cultural development. This course is also offered as HIST 340. (000403)

Technology and Science in America
3.0 EvnFa

This course explores the origins and significance of technological and scientific ideas, developments, and artifacts in American history from the colonial era to the present, viewing technology and science as social and cultural phenomena. An emphasis is placed on the social, cultural, political, and economic impact of technology and science in American history. This course is also offered as HIST 343. (000407)

American Lives
3.0 Fall

An interdisciplinary study of autobiographical literature (personal narratives, diaries, journals, etc.) emphasizing the experience of being/becoming American, with particular attention to ethnic identity, race, gender, and social class. This is an approved General Education course. (000404)

American Folklore
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

An interdisciplinary study of the language, themes, and forms of the American folk, from myths and legends to folktales, foodways, and festivals. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (000400)

Special Topics
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. (000410)

Special Problems
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is an independent study of special problems and is offered for 1.0-3.0 units. A special research project in American culture designed by the student in cooperation with the faculty advisor at the beginning of the semester and concluded within that same semester. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. (000411)

Historical Geography of North America
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

A regional and topical description of North America at selected time periods, including cultural groups, land tenure systems, settlement patterns, agriculture, exploration and mapping, resource use, urbanization, population and migrations, and present-day results. This course is also offered as GEOG 435. (000412)

American Thought and Character
3.0 Inquire

Significant ideas in American history, 1607 to the present; the influence of Puritanism, the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and modern science upon American character and society. This course is also offered as HIST 440. (000413)

Special Topics
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. (000415)