2021-22 Catalog

American Studies

Program Director: Vacant

Website: http://american.cas.lehigh.edu

Supported by the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs 610-758-3996; incasip@lehigh.edu
Williams Hall, 31 Williams Drive


American Studies is interdisciplinary study that crosses the humanities and the social sciences, encouraging students to analyze America—broadly, transnationally considered—as a site of intellectual inquiry. Asking “What is America? What does it mean and what has it meant to be called ‘American’?” provokes a multitude of theoretical and pragmatic questions that are vital for developing intercultural knowledge and civic engagement among undergraduate students. Applying cultural and social thought to such matters as citizenship, democracy, community, religion, gender, poverty and prosperity, politics, popular culture, and identity in this region makes American Studies an intellectually sophisticated yet practical course of study, bringing theory and praxis together.

THE MINOR

Four courses from the approved list, at least two of which must be at the 100-level or above. 16

COURSES

AMST/REL 347American Religious Thinkers4
ANTH 172North American Archaeology4
COMM/WGSS/AAS 376New Media, Race and Gender4
ENGL 105Intro to Latino/a Literature and Culture4
ENGL/FILM 119Introduction to the Horror Film4
ENGL 123American Literature I4
ENGL 124American Literature II4
ENGL 316/LAS 105Native American Literature4
ENGL/FILM 319Advanced Studies in the Horror Film4
ENGL/REL 317Topics in Jewish Literature4
ENGL/AAS 318African-American Literature and Culture4
ENGL 376Early American Literature4
ENGL 377American Romanticism4
ENGL 378American Realism4
ENGL 379Modern American Literature4
ENGL 380Contemporary American Literature4
ENGL 3824
HIST 112/WGSS 124Takin’ It to the Streets: The Global Sixties4
HIST 124Women in America4
HIST/AAS/WGSS 126How Black Women Made Modern America4
HIST/AAS 130African American History4
HIST 180Religion and the American Experience4
HIST 305Public History4
HIST/ES 315American Environmental History4
HIST/WGSS 325History of Sexuality and the Family in the U.S.4
PHIL 007Emerson, Thoreau, and Beyond: An Introduction to Philosophy4
PHIL/AAS 117Race, Racism, and Philosophy4
PHIL 217Race & Philosophy Seminar4
POLS/AAS 205The Political Development of American Race Relations4
POLS/PHIL 367American Political Thought4
REL/AAS/JST/ENGL 102Promised Lands: Jewish and African American Children's Literature
REL/POLS 126Religion, Law and Constitution4
REL/JST/WGSS 138Sex, Gender, Jews4
REL/JST 152American Judaism4
REL 171Religion And Society4
REL/JST/THTR 177Jews and the Broadway Musical4
SOC/AAS 103Race and Ethnicity in the Contemporary U.S.4
SOC/AAS/LAS 106Race and Ethnicity in the Americas 4
SOC 115A Nation of Immigrants: The American Experience4
SOC 128Race, Gender, and Work4
SOC 130Sociology of Sports4
SOC 138The Sociology of Reality TV4
SOC 166Money, Power, Prestige: Social Stratification"4
SOC/WGSS/AAS 310Gender, Race, and Sexuality: The Social Construction of Differences4
SOC/AAS 313Keep the Change: Social Movements in Society4
SOC 323The Child In Family and Society4
SOC 326Social Class in American History4
SOC/JOUR 327Mass Communication and Society4
SOC/WGSS 364Sociology of the Families4
SOC/REL 375The Christian Right In America4
SOC/AAS 379Race and Class in America4

** THE GRADUATE PROGRAM IN AMERICAN STUDIES IS CURRENTLY ON HIATUS.  NO STUDENTS ARE BEING ADMITTED. CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS MAY STILL BE PURSUED** 


M.A. in American Studies

A Master of Arts degree in American Studies is offered in the College of Arts and Sciences. Candidates for the master’s degree must complete at least 30 credit hours, 18 of which must be at the 400 level.

AMST 400American Studies: Theory and Method3
Methods Course 13-6
AMST 490Master’s Thesis6
Concentration/Track 312
Environmental Policy Design (EPD) 4, 5, 6
Gender & Sexuality (WGSS) 4, 7
Race & Ethnicity (AAS) 4, 8
Culture & Ideas 9
Documentary Film 4, 10
Customized Concentration
Free Electives 113-6

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN AFRICANA STUDIES

A Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies is offered in the College of Arts and Sciences. Candidates for the certificate must complete 12 credit hours (4 courses) at the 300-level or above, with no more than 6 credits at the 300-level.

The Graduate Certificate in AAS is designed as a complement to a graduate program (e.g. English, History, Sociology, American Studies, Political Science) or as a standalone post-baccalaureate course of study. The Certificate is a small, flexible program that provides students with breadth and the challenge of working outside their home discipline in concentrated interdisciplinary study of Africana Studies. In recognition of contemporary educational and employment contexts that are increasingly diverse and international, the AAS Program offers the graduate certificate as a means to enrich academic, personal, and employment horizons.

4 courses from the list below at the 300-level or above12
with no more than 6 credits at the 300-level

COURSES

Additional courses may be chosen in consultation with the program director.

Gender, Race and Sexuality: The Social Construction of Differences
Modernity in the Maghreb
Keep the Change: Social Movements in Society
Infections and Inequalities: HIV, TB and Malaria in the Global South
African-American Literature and Culture
Globalization and Development in Africa
Africans and the Atlantic World
United States and Africa
Slavery and the American South
Special Topics in African History and/or Diaspora
Special Topics in Africana Studies
Global Africa: Aid, Volunteerism, NGO's and International Studies
Global Politics of Race: Asia and Africa
Colonialism and the Black Radical Tradition
Global Media and Culture
New Media, Race and Gender
New Media, Race and Gender
Seminar on a topic in Africana Studies
Special Topics in Africana Studies
Rise and Fall of the Old South
Social Movements From the 1960s to Present
Global Politics of Race: Asia and Africa
Inequalities at Work
Social Stratification: Race, Class, Gender
Race, Ethnicity, and Health

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN WOMEN, GENDER & SEXUALITY STUDIES

The Graduate Certificate in WGSS is designed as a complement to a disciplinary graduate program or as a standalone post-baccalaureate course of study. The Certificate is a small, flexible program that provides students with breadth and the challenge of working outside their home discipline in concentrated interdisciplinary study of women and gender. In recognition of contemporary educational and employment contexts that are increasingly diverse and international, the WGSS Program offers the graduate certificate as a means to enrich academic, personal, and employment horizons. A certificate in WGSS will be especially beneficial to those who wish to incorporate a broader perspective into their teaching (either in secondary or higher education), and qualifies them for positions that require such expertise. Additionally, individuals interested in fields such as social policy, human resources, and business will also gain from understanding how gender operates at individual, organizational, and institutional levels. Students will work closely with outstanding faculty from diverse disciplinary backgrounds.

WGSS 450Seminar in Feminist Theory3
Select three additional courses 1,29
Total Credits12

Refer to Women, Gender and Sexuality catalog entry for course listing.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND PLANNING

Core Course3
Socio-cultural Foundations of Environmental Policy
Elective Courses 19
Urban Environmental Policy Workshop
Urban Agriculture Policy, Planning and Practice
Environmental Justice: From Theory to Practice
Human-Climate Interactions
Land Use, Growth Management, and the Politics of Sprawl
American Environmental Policy
Advanced Environmental Policy
Total Credits12

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Core Courses6
Socio-cultural Foundations of Environmental Policy
Foundations of Sustainable Development Practice
Elective Courses 16
Globalization and Development in Africa
Economic Development
Urban Agriculture Policy, Planning and Practice
Human-Climate Interactions
Ethnobotany: People and Plants
Social Entrepreneurship: How to Change the World
Gender and Third World Development
Land Use, Growth Management, and the Politics of Sprawl
International Social Entrepreneurship
Global Health Issues
The Political Economy of Globalization
Total Credits12

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & POLICY

Core Course3
Philosophical-Policy & Legal Design: Methods & Applications
Socio-cultural Foundations of Environmental Policy
Elective Courses 19
Select any three of the following:
Environmental Valuation for Policy Design
Public Administration
International Environmental Law & Philosophical-Policy Design
International Law & Philosophical-Policy Design
Comparative Environmental Law & Philosophical-Policy Design
Environmental Justice: From Theory to Practice
Seminar: Green Polity
Human-Climate Interactions
American Environmental Policy
Political Economy
Total Credits12
 
 

Courses

AMST 347 (PHIL 347, REL 347) American Religious Thinkers 3-4 Credits

An examination of the writings of key figures in the history of American religious thought (such as Edwards, Emerson, Bushnell, Peirce, James, Royce, Dewey and the Niebuhrs). Attention will be directed both to the historical reception of these writings and to their contemporary significance.

AMST 400 American Studies: Theory and Method 3 Credits

An introduction to the theoretical orientations and methodological strategies of American Studies. Seminar involves extensive reading as well as application of theory and method to students’ research.

AMST 401 Special Topics in American Studies 1-3 Credits

Graduate seminar focused on one particular subject area in American Culture.

AMST 402 Independent Study 3 Credits

Individually supervised course in the area of American Culture. Consent of the program director required.

AMST 433 Documentary Film Production 3 Credits

An independent study mode of course awarding credit for the production of a 30-minute documentary film that meets two standards: 1) high production value, and 2) scholarly content based on detailed research and driven by critical analysis.

AMST 471 Special Topics 3 Credits

AMST 481 Independent Study 1-3 Credits

AMST 482 Independent Study 1-3 Credits

AMST 490 Master’s Thesis 1-6 Credits

Independent work, with a faculty member, on a single master's thesis or two thesis papers. Topic approved by individual faculty member. Typically taken in the last semester of course work.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.

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