Spring 2008

Making Places: Research Methods in American Cultures

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-68  |  English, as ENGL-95  |  History, as HIST-83


Karen J. Sanchez-Eppler (Section 01)
Martha A. Sandweiss (Section 01)


(Also American Studies 68 and History 83.) Who am I? How do I fit into this place? Taking as its starting point each student's own personal and family stories, this course will draw on a wide range of research methodologies and resources to help students place their own experiences in the larger context of American cultures. Students will be introduced to research tools that will allow them to investigate literary, visual, geographical, material, and historical artifacts and data. Structured by a series of units that develop and interrogate specific skills, the course will culminate in individual research papers, at least 20 pages in length, that explore some aspect of American life. Those students who wish to take this class as English 95 need to develop an essentially literary final project. Limited to 20 students. Professors K. Sanchez-Eppler and Sandweiss.