Topics in American Studies

AMS 329 Topics in American Studies

Professor: Christina Larson
Sample Syllabus: Sample Syllabus
Course Overview:
This course explores the field of art (including the study of experiences, texts, and theoretical aspects of aesthetics and creative expression) within and in relation to the U.S. context. Specific focus and content vary by semester.

“American Art and Culture: Civil War to Now” surveys the history and culture of the United States from 1865 until the present. Readings and lectures explore American social history and artistic production. The textbook is used for a general overview of these topics, while the lectures and online videos expand on this information. Students are encouraged to think critically about American artwork and its intersections with politics, religion, race, gender, and class. The textbook and lectures are intended to encourage online discussion about topics related to American art history and culture.