Our courses engage multifaceted understandings of indigenous communities; settlement; colonialism; migration; race/racism; and social, economic, cultural and political change. Majors develop the methodological, theoretical, and research skills to conduct independent interdisciplinary research. The American Studies department is also distinct in our commitment to community-based learning.
Through sociological and historical texts, the course will interrogate what is behind immigration to the United States, including the nation’s imperial and neocolonial interventions abroad.
Contemporary educational debates often position schools and popular culture as oppositional. Yet schools and popular culture overlap as educational sites in the lives of youth. This course will employ feminist, critical race, and cultural studies perspectives to analyze representations of schooling and youth in popular culture.