Nov 19, 2019  
Course Catalog 2005-2006 
    
Course Catalog 2005-2006 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Comparative American Studies


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Comparative American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines issues of power and identity formation in the United States through the lenses of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality. Comparative American Studies takes a broad view of “America” that extends beyond U.S. geopolitical boundaries to consider the global reach of American political, economic, and military power as well as U.S. cultural production and histories of social change. Course materials encourage students to engage critically with notions of “American” and “Americanness” and to locate these concepts within historicized transnational and global contexts. While Comparative American Studies draws on the research and insights of a wide range of fields—including American Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies, Latina/o Studies, Native American Studies, and Gender and Women’s Studies—the program is distinctive in that it pursues comparative approaches to analyzing identities, territories, and modes of social change.

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