This course is designed to provide American Studies juniors (and others) with a methodological grounding in the discipline and an opportunity to conduct research on a topic of their own choosing. We will engage a wide range of materials and methodologies in this course in order to grasp the broad interdisciplinarity of the field of American Studies. Through short written exercises addressing a variety of documents including manuscripts, journals, census records, images and printed books, students will gauge the utility of various methodological approaches to determine which are most useful for their own independent work. The major requirement of this course is a research presentation that will be presented in a public forum at the end of the semester.
Limited to 15 students. Open to juniors and seniors as a research seminar; underclassmen admitted only under special circumstances. Spring semester. Professor Hayashi.
If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to junior and senior American Studies majors, followed by students in Black Studies, History, and the Five Colleges certificate programs in Asian Pacific American Studies and Native American Studies.