Introductory Courses

American Studies 10 Introduction to American Studies: Frontiers in American History and Culture

  • day and time TTh 11:00-12:30
  • location 50 Birge
  • instructor C. Palmer & M. Brilliant
  • 4 Units
  • Class # 02003

Sec. 101: CC# 02006 Tu 01:00-02:00, 2 Evans
Sec. 102: CC# 02009 Tu 02:00-03:00, 7 Evans
Sec. 103: CC# 02012 W 12:00-01:00, 81 Evans
Sec. 104: CC# 02015 W 01:00-02:00, 385 LeConte

Few, if any, concepts in American history and culture resonate more powerfully and reverberate more persistently than the “frontier.” This course will explore multiple manifestations of the frontier in United States history and culture, from the nineteenth century western frontier, to the early twentieth century overseas frontier associated with U.S. expansion abroad, to the mid-twentieth century’s “crabgrass” (or, suburban), “atomic,” and “final” (space) frontiers, to the late twentieth century’s high technology frontier. For each of these frontiers, we will examine seminal cultural texts and their relevant historical contexts, and in the process, introduce students to the eclectic, interdisciplinary sources and methods of American Studies.