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Cluster: American Studies

American Studies is an established interdisciplinary "field" both in the United States and in several other countries, including England and Japan. This cluster uses American materials ranging from literature, through landscapes, to art, music and court cases, to explore both the tensions and the traditions of American culture and society.

Cluster Coordinator:  David Del Mar
Cramer Hall 441
delmard@pdx.edu
(503) 725-8543

Sophomore Inquiry: American Studies

(UNST 212)

This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of American Studies, provides a focus through which to explore sources in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and performing arts, and offers an opportunity to acquire a variety of skills important in college and the work worlds. As the interdisciplinary study of American Culture, the course focuses on a comparison of "voices" or perspectives as a way of knowing American artifacts, policies, and places. Although the focus of each class may differ, they will all use their subjects as a laboratory for learning the methods and perspectives of American Studies. In the process, students will become familiar with something of the culture, character, and environment of the United States. Each class will focus on several main "texts" or projects during class and students will do an additional project either outside class and/or in their mentor sections.

This SINQ leads to the American Studies Cluster.

Approved Cluster Courses:

Academic Year 13-14

Note: Courses listed below are all Approved Cluster Courses for the 2013 - 2014 year.  If you are looking for listings for 2012 - 2013, they are archived here.

ANTH 313U Indian/White Relations
ANTH 314U Native Americans
ANTH 315U American Culture
ANTH 318U Asian American Experience
ANTH 355U Historical Archaeology and the Origins of the Modern Pacific Northwest
ArH 486U American Art and Architecture: Colonial Period
ArH 487U American Art and Architecture: Jacksonian to 20th Century
BST 302U African-American 20th Century
BST 335U The Multiracial Experience
BST / ENG 351U African American Literature I (crosslisted with ENG 351U)
BST / ENG 352U African American Literature II (crosslisted with ENG 352U)
BST / ENG 353U African American Literature III (crosslisted with ENG 353U)
BST 412U Oregon African-American History Racism
BST 414U Racism
BST 424U African-American/African Culture in Cinema
BST 427U African-American Films and Film Makers
BST 484U
African American Community Development
CHLA 375U
Southwestern Borderlands History
ENG 309U American Indian Literature
ENG 313U The American Short Story
ENG 331U Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition Studies 
ENG 334U Topics in Film Genres and Movements: Asian American Film and Video
ENG 345U Modern British Literature
ENG / BST 351U African American Literature I (crosslisted with BST 351U) 
ENG / BST 352U African American Literature II (crosslisted with BST 352U)
ENG / BST 353U African American Literature III (crosslisted with BST 353U)
ENG 360U American Literature to 1865 
ENG 363U  American Literature 1865-1965 
ENG 365U  American Fiction II 
ENG 367U  Topics in American Literature and Culture
ENG 369U Asian-American Literature
G 344U  Geology of National Parks
GEOG 351U  Pacific Northwest
GEOG 366U  Historical Geography of North America
GEOG 368U  U.S. and Canada 
HST 334U History of Canada
HST 337U / USP 385U  History of American Cities (crosslisted with USP 385U) 
HST 338U  Oregon History 
HST / WS 340U  Women and Gender in America (to 1865) (crosslisted with WS 340U)
HST / WS 341U  Women and Gender in America (1865 to 1920) (crosslisted with WS 341U)
HST / WS 342U  Women and Gender in America (1920 to present) (crosslisted with WS 342U)
HST / WS 343U  American Family History (crosslisted with WS 343U) 
HST 344U Jews and Judaism in US Post WWII
HST 346U  The American Revolution 
MUS 355U   Jazz History 
MUS 361U  History of Rock Music I 
MUS 362U  History of Rock Music II 
MUS 376U American Musical Traditions
PHL 360U American Philosophy
PS 313U The Power Game
PS / WS 380U Women and Politics (crosslisted with WS 380U)
PSY / WS 310U Psychology of Women (crosslisted with WS 310U)
SOC 337U Minorities
SOC 350U The United States in Comparative Perspective
TA 330U Multicultural Theater
TA 362U Contemporary Dance 1920 - Present
TA 366U Dance in Film: Early Years through 1940's
TA 367U Dance in Film: 1940's to Present
TA 384U Amer. Cinema and Culture I
TA 385U Amer. Cinema and Culture II
USP 385U / HST 337U History of American Cities (crosslisted with HST 337U)
WS / PSY 310U Psychology of Women (crosslisted with PSY 310U)
WS / HST 340U Women and Gender in America (to 1865) (crosslisted with HST 340U)
WS / HST 341U Women and Gender in America (1865 to1920) (crosslisted with HST 341U)
WS / HST 342U Women and Gender in America (1920 to present) (crosslisted with HST 342U)
WS / HST 343U American Family History (crosslisted with HST 343U)
WS / PS 380U Women and Politics (crosslisted with PS 380U)