American Studies (2016 - 2018)
Social and Cultural Analysis 101
SCA-UA 101 Offered every year. 4 points.
Introduces theories, methods, and political trajectories central to the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA). SCA addresses how individuals and populations structure their worlds and navigate the resulting social, cultural, and political terrain. It privileges scholarly work with an intersectional approach, drawing on theoretical insights from such fields as social geography, feminism and queer studies, ethnic studies, urban and metropolitan studies, critical race theory, labor studies, and cultural studies.
Approaches to American Studies
SCA-UA 201 Offered periodically. 4 points.
Key themes: war's role in social and political development, the meaning of borders, the politics of entertainment, public interest in private affairs, and the interplay of goods and labor in shaping national (and transnational) conditions of fulfillment and dignity. Serves as a gateway to lines of inquiry and analysis currently animating interdisciplinary study of "America" and as an opportunity to relate current debates to their historical contexts.
Advanced Research Seminar
SCA-UA 90 Prerequisite: any of the following: Social and Cultural Analysis 101 (SCA-UA 101), or Approaches to American Studies (SCA-UA 201), or Intersections: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. History (SCA-UA 230). Offered every semester. 4 points.
Students write a 20-25 page research paper with a focus on a specific research method. Topics vary by semester; see Albert for details.
Senior Honors Seminar
SCA-UA 92 Prerequisites: 3.65 GPA or higher (both overall and in the major), and Social and Cultural Analysis 101 (SCA-UA 101) and either Approaches to American Studies (SCA-UA 201) or Intersections: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. History (SCA-UA 230), and permission of the department. Offered every fall. 4 points.
Senior Honors Thesis
SCA-UA 93 Prerequisites: Senior Honors Seminar (SCA-UA 92), 3.65 GPA or higher (both overall and in the major), and permission of the department. Offered every spring. 4 points.
SCA Theory and Practice: The Internship Program
The 4-point internship program complements and enhances the formal course work of American studies majors. Students intern at agencies dealing with a range of issues pertaining to their major and take a corequisite seminar that enables them to focus the work experience in meaningful academic terms. The goals of the internship are threefold: (1) to allow students to apply the theory that they have gained through course work, (2) to provide students with analytical tools, and (3) to assist students in their exploration of professional career paths. The internship program is open to juniors and seniors and requires an application, an interview, and permission of the department.
SCA Theory & Practice: The Internship Program
SCA-UA 42 Offered every spring. 4 points. Requires ten hours a week of fieldwork.
Comparative U.S. Ethnic Studies
SCA-UA 224 4 points.
Serves as an introduction to the inter disciplinary study of race and ethnicity in the United States and to the range of identities and issues inherent in American culture. No previous knowledge of ethnic studies is presumed.
Intersections: Gender, Race, and Sexuality in U.S. History and Politics
SCA-UA 230 4 points.
Examines how gender, race, and sexuality shaped cultural and political policies and debates surrounding such case studies as the Salem witch trials; slavery, abolition, and lynching; U.S. imperialism in Puerto Rico and Hawaii; the politics of welfare and reproduction; cultural constructions of manliness, masculinity, and citizenship; and responses to the AIDS pandemic in a global context.
Ethnicity and the Media
SCA-UA 232 4 points.
Surveys some theoretical approaches to the study of images, paying particular attention to the intersection of history and ideologies or representation. Looks into the nature and politics of stereotypes; inquires into their reproduction through discourses, representations, and practices; and then specifically examines changes and continuities in images and representation of four minority groups—African American, Asian, Latino, and Native American—in the media.
Cultures and Economies
SCA-UA 234 4 points.
Considers the cultural construction of "the economy" and the economic basis for cultural practices and policies. Examines 20th century evolution from the rise of corporate capitalism, through the Depression and the New Deal, to the rise and challenges of neoliberal policy shifts, financialization, and accelerated globalization since the 1970s. Particular focus on the dynamics of "crisis," both as an economic and as a cultural phenomenon.
Marxist Cultural Theory
SCA-UA 240 4 points.
Studies founding texts in the Marxist critical tradition; reviews Marxist-oriented analyses of literary, musical, and visual productions; and considers recent work on the import of culture as lived experience. Examines how extensively Marxist thought informs contemporary scholarly criticism and encourages students to use elements of that thought in their own analytical work.
Couture/Culture: Fashion and Globalization
SCA-UA 253 4 points.
Explores fashion's contested histories; its modes of production, consumption, and address; and its relationship to colonial enterprises. Topics (considered against the background of globalization) include the social uses of fashion; the fashion cycle (use, reuse, discard); the relationship between dress and the body; feminist critiques of fashion; the politicization of clothing (from ethnic dressing to green clothing); and the links between style consumption and garment production.
Topics in American Studies
SCA-UA 280 Offered every year. 4 points.
In-depth study of a particular problem or research area within American studies. See course schedule for current topic.
The following courses count as electives toward the American studies major and minor. See the departmental or program sections in this Bulletin for course descriptions and prerequisites.
Black Urban Studies
SCA-UA 115 4 points.
The Black Body and the Lens
SCA-UA 155 4 points.
SCA-UA 156 4 points.
Hip Hop and Politics
SCA-UA 157 4 points.
Race and Reproduction
SCA-UA 158 4 points.
Language and Liberation: At Home in the Caribbean and Abroad
SCA-UA 163 Identical to LING-UA 26. 4 points.
The Postcolonial City
SCA-UA 166 4 points.
SCA-UA 306 4 points.
Filming Asian America: Documenting Community
SCA-UA 361 4 points.
The Constitution and People of Color
SCA-UA 366 Offered every year. 4 points.
Reading Race and Representation
SCA-UA 368 4 points.
"Chinatown" and the American Imagination
SCA-UA 370 4 points.
The Immigrant Imagination
SCA-UA 371 4 points.
Topics in A/P/A Studies
SCA-UA 380 Offered every semester. 4 points.
GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES
Sex and the City
SCA-UA 420 4 points.
SCA-UA 450 4 points.
Theories of Gender and Sexuality
SCA-UA 472 4 points.
SCA-UA 474 4 points.
SCA-UA 475 4 points.
SCA-UA 482 4 points.
Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies
SCA-UA 493 Offered every semester. 4 points.
Latino/a Popular Culture
SCA-UA 534 4 points.
The Latinized City, New York and Beyond
SCA-UA 540 4 points.
Topics in Latino Studies
SCA-UA 541 Offered every semester. 4 points.
Latino/a Art and Performance in New York City
SCA-UA 532 4 points.
Latino Politics in the U.S.
SCA-UA 542 Offered every fall. 4 points.
SCA-UA 545 4 points.
Latina Feminist Studies
SCA-UA 548 4 points.
Globalization, Immigration, and Postcolonial Identity
SCA-UA 560 4 points.
Revolutionary Cultures of the Americas
SCA-UA 561 4 points.
NAFTA and Narcos
SCA-UA 562 Colloquium. 4 points.
Afro-Latino Culture and History
SCA-UA 565 4 points.
Nationalism and Development in U.S. Literature, 1850 to 1950
SCA-UA 568 4 points.
Caribbean Women Writers
SCA-UA 570 4 points.
Postmodern Travel Fictions
SCA-UA 572 4 points.
Urban Cultural Life
SCA-UA 608 4 points.
Law and Urban Problems
SCA-UA 610 4 points.
SCA-UA 613 4 points.
Gender in the Urban Environment
SCA-UA 621 4 points.
New York City in Film
SCA-UA 623 4 points.
Landscapes of Consumption
SCA-UA 625 4 points.
SCA-UA 631 4 points.
Climate Change and Environmental Justice
SCA-UA 632 4 points.
Topics in Metropolitan Studies
SCA-UA 680 Offered every year. 4 points.