American Studies

The Department of American Studies values offers courses that examine the history, literature, politics, art, and other forms of cultural expression in the United States.

For questions about specific courses, contact the department:

Program Office: 418 Hamilton
212-854-6698
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Web: www.columbia.edu/cu/amstudies/


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AMST BC3300 Topics in American Studies: The Wealth of Natives. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II).
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Indigenous people are often imagined in the distant past, or as living anachronisms in relation to contemporary life. Working against these assumptions, this course examines how Native peoples have survived colonialism, focusing on economic aspects of colonialism in North America. We will look at the long history of Native land struggles, and links between colonial economies and ecological destruction. Themes guiding our inquiry include: the development of wage labor, property law and economic production on Native lands, histories of political and economic dependency, "development" as defined and practiced over Native communities, and Native people's own economic choices. Our inquiry will be oriented towards deepening our ability to critically analyze the colonial situation we live in, and to see Indigenous survivals despite ongoing assaults against life and territory.

AMST BC3401 Colloquium in American Studies: Cultural Approaches to the American Past. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II).

Introduction to the theoretical approaches of American Studies, as well as the methods and materials used in the interdisciplinary study of American society. Through close reading of a variety of texts (e.g., novels, films, essays), we will analyze the creation, maintenance, and transmission of cultural meaning within American society.

Fall 2017: AMST BC3401
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AMST 3401 001/01903 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Jennie Kassanoff 4 33
AMST 3401 002/07965 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Jordan Camp 4 0

AMST BC3703 Senior Seminar. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to senior majors.

Individual research on topic related to major thematic concentration and preparation of senior thesis.

Fall 2017: AMST BC3703
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AMST 3703 001/02181 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Manu Vimalassery 4 16

AMST BC3704 Senior Seminar. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to senior majors.

Individual research on topic related to major thematic concentration and preparation of senior thesis.

Spring 2017: AMST BC3704
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AMST 3704 001/00373 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
118 Barnard Hall
Lori Brooks 4 11

AMST BC3999 Independent Research. 3-4 points.

AMST W3990 Senior Research Seminar. 4 points.

Open to American Studies seniors doing a research project.

Prerequisites: AMST W3920

A seminar devoted to the research and writing, under the instructor's supervision, of a substantial paper on a topic in American studies. Class discussions of issues in research, interpretation, and writing.

Spring 2017: AMST W3990
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AMST 3990 001/73146 F 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Andrew Delbanco 4 12/18

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