American Studies Courses

Course Code Credits

First-Year Seminar: Women Reimagining History

In this course we will look at how women and in particular women of color writers and filmmakers have challenged and complicated our understanding of US history, culture, and politics in the 20th century. In the context of immigration, slavery, and the lives of Native Americans, we will analyze what these stories of self and community tell us about how important race and gender are to our understanding of the past. Likely texts/films include: Maxine Hong Kingston's Woman Warrior, Toni Morrison's Beloved, Louise Erdrich's Tracks, Lourdes Portillo's Se

AMS110 4

First-Year Seminar: Pin-Ups, Princesses and Femme Fatales: Women & Popular Culture

This class examines how women are depicted in magazines, advertisements and film (1940-2013). What forms of popular culture target women? How have women resisted or co-opted the messages they have received? Students will use methods from American Studies and History to understand popular cultures role in shaping gender identity. Only open to First-Year Students that have not completed the History Cornerstone requirement. Limited to 16.

AMS111 4

Intro to American Studies

Introduction to the study of America from an interdisciplinary perspective, emphasizing critical analysis of culture though exploration of a wide range of cultural artifacts, including literary and historical texts, visual images and material objects. Students will examine the many aspects of thought, expression, and behavior that have shaped and defined the complex society of the United States while exploring their own relationship to America's diverse history and culture. Of particular concern are the diverse cultural experiences and meaning that shape individual and collective notions of American identity. Limited to 25.

AMS200 3

Topics in American Studies

Offers the opportunity to study a specific issue or topic in American Studies in greater depth. Seminar format focuses on classroom discussions and research. Topic will be announced prior to registration.

AMS320 3

Seminar in American Studies

Provides research tools, strategies, and guidance for the elaboration of a significant research project in an area of American cultural studies with emphasis on the collaborative selection and research of issues for discussion as well as on sharing the process of project development. The specific content of this course varies with the instructor. Open to juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

AMS420 3

Internship in American Studies

Practical experience in a local organization such as a government office, museum, arts agency, or social action group. Allows students to translate American Studies theory and methods into professional skills and opportunities. Permission of American Studies Department required. Limited to 25.

AMS475 3

Directed Study

An in-depth interdisciplinary study of a question under the tutorial direction of a faculty member. Permission of American Studies Department required.

AMS490 3

Studies in Persuasion

Analysis of social aspects of persuasion, cultural basis for belief and theories of attitude change. Examination of reasoning and rhetoric in advertising, political campaigns, and social movements. Limited to 25.

COM203 3

Media Criticism

Survey of internal and external constraints in production of mediated messages. Analysis of news, advertising, and entertainment processes and products. Pre-requisite: COM 107. Limited to 30.

COM207 3

Understanding Film

Introduction to film analysis through the study of a variety of film texts, with an emphasis on film form, and how the various components of filmmaking, including elements of mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sound and music, and narrative structure function within that system. Limited to 25.

COM220 3

Gender & Communication

Examines the impact of gender, or male-female perspectives, on the communication process. Topics discussed within a variety of contexts. Limited to 25.

COM313 3

Persuasion & Social Movements

Role of discourse in the life cycle of social movements. Rhetorical analysis of stages of movement development. Examination of theory and research. Pre-requisite: COM 203.

COM318 3

Political Communication

Examines nature and impact of diverse communication strategies in political contexts, such as congressional and presidential campaigns and legislative discussion of social issues. Pre-requisite: COM 203. Limited to 30.

COM319 3

Honors: Film Censorship & American Culture

The topics of this seminar vary, but include a critical analysis of film-related subject matter. May be taken twice (COM majors and minors may count only one toward requirements). Limited to 25.

COM323 3

Juvenile Delinquency

An examination of juvenile delinquency in American society. Topics included are the historical background and "invention" of delinquency, cross-cultural definitions of delinquency, theories of delinquency, social class differences, and the juvenile court system. The course critically examines the social, health, and mental health services which have been utilized by this society in attempts to prevent or "treat" delinquent behavior. Pre-requisites: CRM 120 and CRM 201. Limited to 25.

CRM224 3

Violent Crime & Federal Initiatives

This course examines current patterns of violent crime in the US, such as gang violence and spousal abuse, and the role of federal criminal justice agencies in designing and implementing agency partnership models to reduce crime in local communities. Pre-requisites: CRM 120 and CRM 201. Limited to 25.

CRM322 3

Race, Class & Gender in the Criminal Justice System

A comparative examination of women and minorities in the criminal justice system. Topics include: women and minority offenders; women and minority victims; women and minorities at different stages of the criminal justice process (police, courts, and corrections); women and minorities employed within the system; and societal attitudes toward women and minorities involved in the system. Pre-requisite: CRM 201 and at least one additional Criminology course. Limited to 30.

CRM430 3

Economics of Social Issues & Public Policy

Economic analysis of issues often neglected in traditional economics courses, emphasizing policies that may alleviate social problems. Topics include health care, education, crime, substance abuse, cigarette smoking, gambling, housing, and family issues. Pre-requisite: ECO 176. Limited to 25.

ECO205 3

United States Economic History

Basic economic analysis is used to study important aspects of the economic history of the United States. Concentration is on the period from 1830 to 1945, when the U.S. became a major industrial power. Emphasized are the development of big business, the effect of race and gender on markets, opportunities and incomes, and government policy. Open to second semester first-years, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Cross-listed with History Department as HIS 251. Limited to 24.

ECO206 3

Economics of Labor Unions

Examines the historical and current role of organized labor in the U.S. and its impact on employment, wages, prices, and trade. Additional topics include collective bargaining, labor market discrimination, and the globalization of production. Pre-requisites: ECO 176 and ECO 178. Limited to 25.

ECO211 3

Economic History of the 20th Century American Family

The course traces the socioeconomic progress of a variety of American families over the century. Changes in real income, employment conditions, labor force participation, education, residence, and family life are examined within the context of larger economic, political, and social events such as immigration, war, depression, the labor movement, civil rights, and women's rights. Pre-requisites: ECO 176 and ECO 178. Limited to 25.

ECO217 3

The Economics of Sports

The course analyzes the industry of sports, especially professional and big-time college sports, using and developing tools of economic analysis, mainly microeconomics. Topics include the salary structure of professional team sports and the effects of free agency; the factors affecting sports attendance; the value of sports programming to broadcasters, and the effect of television revenues; the effect of the NCAA on television contracts and student-athlete choices; the economic effects of professional sports franchises and stadia. Pre-requisites: ECO 176 and ECO 178 and statistics background required. Limited to 24.

ECO244 3

Public Sector Economics

Theoretical and empirical microeconomic analysis of government policy with respect to the efficient allocation of resources and the equitable distribution of income. Learn how appropriately chosen government policy enhances (rather than hinders) efficiency and equity in our society. Pre-requisites: ECO 176 and ECO 178. Limited to 25.

ECO305 3

Money & Banking

Analysis of the operation of financial markets and financial institutions focusing on financial intermediaries including commercial banks, investment banks and the central bank. Examines the structure and performance of the bond and stock markets, derivatives, and other financial instruments. Extensive use current market information prepares students with the real-world knowledge and experience necessary for careers in the financial world. Pre-requisites: ECO 176 and ECO 178. Limited to 25.

ECO309 3

Urban & Regional Economics

Economic analysis of urban and regional dynamics, especially changing population and business location factors. Examines the problems of modern cities, e.g., housing, transportation, education, crime, and the cost of providing municipal services. Pre-requisite: ECO 176. Limited to 25.

ECO319 3

Labor Economics and Manpower Policy

Economic analysis of labor markets, supply and demand considerations, labor force participation, wage determination models, discrimination theories, unemployment, manpower planning programs, and other public policies. Pre-requisites: ECO 176 and ECO 178. Limited to 25.

ECO323 3

Planning for Multicultural learning

Defines concerns regarding human diversity as they relate to the education process. Engages students in a personal and group process toward understanding differences. Extends student awareness for the variety, richness, and contrasts in cultures as a basis for appreciating the force of culture in identity, behavior, belief, and attitude. Develops ability to perceive and analyze the sources and consequences of prejudice, discrimination, and racism. Relates all the above to teaching concerns. Emphasizes students' choice of material for reflection and examination. Limited to 25.

EDU208 3

Film History

A survey of major film industries and canonical texts presented in a chronological order serving specific themes (for example, film-making in a given geographical region). Limited to 25.

ENG272 3


A survey of Alfred Hitchcock's work and obsessions. This course welcomes students with no prior experience in the study of film. Additional screening time required. Limited to 50.

ENG273 3

Critical Theory

Introduction to contemporary theory - its origin and framework - by examining literary criticism as an institutional discourse. Pre-requisite: ENG 200. Limited to 15.

ENG300 3

Topics in Television Studies

An examination of specific topics related to television genres or periods through application of contemporary critical theories. Course may be taken twice as topics change. Limited to 25.

ENG324 3

Film & Ideology

A critical study of films representing the images, myths, and rituals that reflect commonly held beliefs and attitudes regarding sex, gender, race, and class. Limited to 25.

ENG325 3

Topics in American Cinema

A critical study of specific topics related to the American narrative film. Course may be taken twice as topics change. Limited to 25.

ENG326 3

Film & Gender

The study of gender issues on both sides of the camera: the representation of gender in film and the participation of women and men in film production. Texts include classic and contemporary cinema and critical readings.

ENG328 3

Topics in Twentieth-Century American Literature

An examination of themes in twentieth-century literature. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 25.

ENG366 3

Topics in 19th Century American Literature

An examination of themes in nineteenth-century literature. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 25.

ENG367 3

Sexuality and Textuality

A critical examination of the definitions of sexual orientation found in diverse texts.

ENG394 3

First-Year Seminar: American Women Poets

In this course, we will read poetry written by American women during the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. We will consider how gender identity is constructed by, and interacts with, race, class, history, geography, politics, and socio-economic realities in America in an attempt to arrive at an understanding of a vision (or visions) American women poets seek to articulate and how this understanding of our culture(s) and lives helps inform American literature as a whole. Limited to 16.

GND111 4

Healthcare Policy and Politics

Historical development of the nation's system of healthcare including visions for the future. Review of healthcare policy development and implementation at the local, state, and federal levels; major healthcare and related social issues and concerns are addressed in both readings and class discussions. Limited to 25.

HCA220 3

First-Year Seminar: New York, New York

This course examines the rise of New York City from the 18th century to its emergence as the nation's most modern metropolis. It follows the city through a number of growing pains, including the notorious Civil War draft riots, the rise of the slums, the emergence of an urban youth culture, and the development of the nation's first amusement park on Coney Island. Only open to First-Year Students that have not completed the History Cornerstone requirement. Not open to Elementary Education majors. Limited to 16.

HIS111 4

Irish-American Experience

Irish background, different waves of Irish immigration, Irish contributions to politics, religion, business and fine arts, as well as the different interpretations of the Irish experience in America. Limited to 25.

HIS205 3

Native American History

An interdisciplinary survey of the aboriginal inhabitants of North America from pre-history to the present. Confronts long-standing stereotypes of Native Americans and seeks a deeper understanding of native beliefs, values, and historical experiences. Course deals extensively with European and Native American encounters and evaluates their continuing impact on indigenous communities. Limited to 25.

HIS209 3

History of US Foreign Relations

In this survey of American foreign relations from the late eighteenth century to the recent past, we will explore significant trends and changes to explain the movement of the United States from a fledgling nation, to regional power, to global empire, and, finally, to declining superpower. Limited to 25.

HIS228 3

History Sexuality in America

This course traces the history of sexuality in America from colonial times to the present. It explores the relationship between history and sexuality by examining the changing meanings of sexuality and its relationship to ideologies, economy, family and other historical forces. Limited to 25.

HIS230 3

American Catholic Social History

A historical presentation of the numerous social issues, conflicts, and varied solutions in American Catholicism from the late 19th century forward with emphasis on how the many issues of society impacted Catholicism. The course demonstrates how the application of faith and various theological and philosophical theories were used in resolution of social conflict. Cross-listed with the Religious Studies Department as REL 233. Limited to 25.

HIS233 3

Religion in America

An examination of a variety of religious ideas, institutions, and traditions in the United States from the colonial period to the present. Special emphasis is placed upon questions of religious pluralism, religion and cultural identity, and religion in public life. Cross-listed with the Religious Studies Department as REL 262. Limited to 25.

HIS263 3

American Nation I

Comprehensive study of American historical development with a focus on the development of U.S. political principles, ideals, founding documents, institutions, and processes. Topics include modes of colonial life, geographical perspectives, the Revolution and Constitution, urban development, westward movement, constructions of race and gender, popular culture, the Civil War and Reconstruction. Limited to 25.

HIS281 3

American Nation II

An analysis and interpretation of the development of American politics, foreign policy, and domestic society from Reconstruction to the present. Topics include the gilded society, world power, the rise of consumer culture, the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, affluence and discontent. Limited to 25.

HIS282 3

Women in America: 1630-1890

The history of women from the colonial era through the end of the nineteenth century. Examines the diversity of experiences among women of different races and classes in America, focusing on issues central to female experience: reproduction and family life, work, religion and reform, and political struggles for civil rights. Limited to 25.

HIS285 3

Asian American History

An introduction to the history of Asian migration and experience in the United States from approximately 1850 to the present. Explores the changing experiences of immigrants in economic, social and political terms, and situate this history within the larger context of immigration, race relations and multiculturalism within modern American history. Limited to 25.

HIS286 3

Women in Modern America: 1865-1975

Survey course of U.S. Women's History from Reconstruction to 1975. Examines a diverse array of women's lives and experiences including women's rights activists, African-Americans, Native Americans, and Immigrants. Topics will include civil rights, women in war, education, reform, marriage, family and reproduction, labor, consumer, and popular culture. Limited to 25.

HIS287 3

Colonial America

This course examines the social consequences of colonization, migration and war in early America, 1500-1775. Emphasis is placed on the evolution of regional cultures, and the interaction of British colonies with competing European cultures (French, Spanish, Dutch), with Native Americans, and with African American slaves. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS301 3

From Depression to Dominance

This course studies the political, social, and economic life of the United States from the Great Depression to 1960. Students will explore the New Deal, World War II, the origins of the Cold War, the growth of new media, and major changes in class, gender, and race relations. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS303 3

US Popular Culture

An investigation of U.S. popular culture focusing on its ability to illuminate important themes in the nation's social, economic, and political development. A special emphasis will be given to twentieth-century popular culture. Important questions and themes will include popular culture's role in perpetuating attitudes regarding race and gender. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS304 3

The Early Republic

Explores the tumultuous years following the American Revolution when Americans fought over the meaning of the war and the future direction of the country. We will examine the major conflicts of the period, including ratification of the Constitution, slavery, reform movements, Indian removal, immigration and capitalist development. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS308 3

African-American History I

This course explores African-American history and culture from the beginnings of slavery in America to the Civil War. Themes include ethnic origins in West Africa, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the emergence of plantations societies in the Americas, slave resistance, the abolition movement, gender, Civil War and emancipation. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS321 3

From Jackson to Lincoln

Examination of the major political, social, and economic developments in U.S. society from the election of Andrew Jackson to the presidency in 1828 to that of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS324 3

Lincoln and His America

An examination of the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, one of the most important and frequently studied figures in U.S. history. The course is conducted as a seminar, and readings include Lincoln's own speeches and writings as well as scholarly studies of his life and career. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS325 3

US Civil War & Reconstruction

Examines the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction in U.S. history (1860 - 1880), including the war's origins and consequences. The course explores, in addition to the military aspects of the war, the major political, social, and economic development of the period. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS327 3

Pursuit of Happiness in Revolutionary America

This course traces the events and conditions that led North American colonists to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness through political conflict, revolution, and war. We will examine the breakup of empire in North America and consider how ordinary men and women, African-Americans, and Native-Americans responded to and shaped revolutionary events. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS328 3

The Vietnam Era & Its Legacy

An examination of U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia and the war in Vietnam from the 1940s to the present. The course explores the origins of the U.S. military commitment in Southeast Asia and the ultimate failure of U.S. policy. The effects of the war on veterans and the home front, the peace movement, and the legacy of the war for contemporary U.S. society is also examined. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS329 3

United States Seminar: Topical

Offers an opportunity to study a specific area or problem in U.S. history in greater depth. Seminar format focusing on discussion of primary sources and secondary literature. Alternating topics to be announced prior to registration. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Course may be repeated under different topics. Limited to 15.

HIS330 3

America in the Nuclear Age

This course explores the origins and evolution of the nuclear age, both at home and abroad, looking at politics, diplomacy, as well as cultural and social trends. Students will also examine the continuing presence of nuclear weapons as cultural symbols and threats to world peace despite the end of the Cold War. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS332 3

The Debate over Slavery in Antebellum America

An Examination of writing and speeches attacking and defending slavery in the United States between the American Revolution and the Civil War. Limited to 25.

HIS335 3

Public History

This academic and experiential course looks at the practice, methods, and possibilities associated with practicing history in museums, historic sites, and archives. In the classroom, we will explore the nature of public history through curatorial, archival, and preservation issues as well as examine the roles of education, interpretation, exhibitions, and living history. A substantial field component has students encountering museums, archives, and historic sites to interact with professionals, discover what public historians do, and critically assess their public history offerings. As a final project, students will collaboratively produce a museum exhibition at Stonehill. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

HIS380 3

Topics in US Women's History

This course moves beyond a broad overview of the role of women in eighteenth and nineteenth century U.S. History to examine specific topics such as education, reform, labor, culture, and political organization in depth. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

HIS385 3

Development of American News Media

This course traces the development of the news media, print, and broadcast, from their beginning stages in the 1830s to the present. Primary attention is given to the economic, cultural, political, and social dimensions of the development processes. Limited to 18.

JRN222 3

Religion, Politics & the Law

Viewed through the lenses of U.S. Supreme court decisions, this course examines the intersection of religion and politics in American history. An exploration of how the place of religion in the public arena has been understood in different historical periods. In addition, current issues where organized religion and public policy clash are examined. Limited to 25.

POL203 3

American Political Thought

An exploration of the basic structure, values, and theoretical foundations of the American republic and its political development. The creation and definition of American political thinking in the works of Locke, Jefferson, Madison, Tocqueville, Calhoun, Lincoln, and others. Pre-requisite: POL 171. Limited to 25.

POL235 3

American Foreign Policy

The interplay between American interests and the international political system is examined in terms of decision-making. Political pressures, ethical considerations, a changing security agenda, patterns of cooperation and conflict, trade and aid, human rights and resource distribution. Limited to 25.

POL245 3

Elections in America

Elections are the signature events of American democracy and provide a mechanism to ensure democratic accountability. This course examines how elections in America are structured and how political parties shape the electoral system. The course also examines how interest groups, the media, and money impact electoral dynamics. Pre-requisite: POL 123. Limited to 25.

POL247 3

Environmental Policy & Politics

The environment as a political issue, the rise of environmental concerns in America; the influence of public opinion on environmental policies; and some of the conflicts between the values of economic growth, energy needs, and environmental quality will be examined. Limited to 25.

POL255 3

The American Presidency

The origins and growth of the American presidency, the Executive office, and its occupant, the relationship between the office and democratic government, the separation of powers and divided party government, and on the expansion of public administration during the twentieth century. Pre-requisite: POL 123.

POL332 3

Constitutional Law & Politics

This course focuses on the structural form and institutional powers of American government. The central purpose of the course is to explore the question of constitutional interpretation. Who are the authoritative interpreters of the Constitution, what is the relationship between them, and what interpretive methodology should they employ? Pre-requisite: POL 123. Limited to 25.

POL336 3

Public Administration

Administration of public affairs; how public policy is put into effect by government bureaucracies; theories of government organizations; the political setting of bureaucracies; problems of budgeting and personnel; efficient and humane conduct of public business. Pre-requisite: POL 123. Limited to 25.

POL337 3

Civil Rights & Civil Liberties

The primary goal of this course is to provide a broad understanding of the civil liberties and civil rights enjoyed by persons in the United States. The course explores the historical evolution of rights and liberties and their application to current controversies. The course covers freedom of religion, freedom of speech, the right to privacy, freedom from cruel and unusual punishments, protections against discrimination, and affirmative action. Pre-requisite: POL 123. Limited to 25.

POL341 3

Massachusetts State Politics

A study of the organization, powers, processes and politics of state government in Massachusetts. Topics will include Massachusetts history, political institutions, budgeting, political leaders, and contemporary issuers in the state. Limited to 20.

POL358 3

The United States Congress

This course explores the politics of the U.S. Congress. Emphasis is placed on representation, the legislative process, and policymaking. Congressional organization, namely committee systems and party leadership, are also examined to gain a deeper understanding of Congressional decision-making. Pre-requisite: POL 123. Limited to 25.

POL360 3

Politics in Washington, D.C.

A series of seminars during the semester will focus on an in-depth study of power and politics in American government. During a two-week stay in Washington, D.C., students will combine traditional academic work with seminars with prominent individuals in government, journalism and the nonprofit sector. Limited to 25.

POL390 3

American Catholic Social History

A historical presentation of the numerous social issues, conflicts, and varied solutions in American Catholicism from the late 19th century forward with emphasis on how the many issues of society impacted Catholicism. The course demonstrates how the application of faith and various theological and philosophical theories were used in resolution of social conflict. Cross-listed with the History Department as HIS 233. Limited to 25.

REL233 3

Religion in America

An examination of a variety of religious ideas, institutions, and traditions in the United States from the colonial period to the present. Special emphasis is placed upon questions of religious pluralism, religion and cultural identity, and religion in public life. Cross-listed with the History Department as HIS 263. Limited to 25.

REL262 3

First-Year Seminar: Lovin' it? A Sociology of McDonalds & Everyday Life

This course examines the historical rise of McDonald's and the resulting "McDonaldization" of everyday life. We'll study four main areas of McDonald's: its economic impact, health and environmental impact, cultural impact, and forms of opposition. Students will focus research and field experiences on four interrelated areas: labor, nutrition, environment, and youth. Fulfills the Cornerstone Social Scientific Inquiry Requirement, and is the equivalent to SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology. Limited to 16.

SOC110 4

Sociology of Marriage & Family

Concepts of marriage and family as social institutions; intimate relationships; human sexuality; roles, functions, change, and problems of American family. Pre-requisite: SOC 101. Open to first-years, sophomores and juniors. Seniors must obtain permission of the instructor. Limited to 25.

SOC205 3

A Great Society?

This class explores society's social and political debate over what role society should have in social welfare, examines the principles of President Johnson's Great Society, and seeks an understanding of those forces that create and perpetuate social class problems. Issues include: poverty, child abuse, and mental illness.

SOC212 3

Native Americans in the 21st Century

This course analyzes the interactions between Native Americans and non-Natives. It looks critically at meanings of tribal sovereignty and the changing dynamics of international relations. Federal and state policies related to land, constitutional governments, crime and law enforcement, tribal recognition, sacred cultural artifacts, and economic development are assessed. Limited to 25.

SOC216 3

Images & Power: Popular Culture

This course examines American popular culture as a site of cultural politics and explores representations of race, gender, sexuality and "success" that permeate our cultural space. Through a critical interrogation of a variety of pop culture forms, students will consider how norms and values are challenged, resisted, transformed and created through pop culture. Limited to 25.

SOC218 3

Racial & Ethnic Diversity

Immigration, history, patterns of intergroup relations, modes of adaptation, social, economic, and political conditions, and contributions of selected racial and ethnic communities: The English and the Anglo-Saxons; Irish Americans; Italian Americans; Jewish Americans; Native Americans; African-Americans; Latino and Hispanic Americans; and Asian Americans. Limited to 25.

SOC234 3

Sociology of Urban Space

This course examines sociological theories and approaches to understanding urban, suburban, and exurban spaces. Case studies will consider how social class, culture, politics, industrialization, immigration, economics, and geography contribute to social identities of cities. Pre-requisites: SOC 101. Limited to 25.

SOC236 3

Sociology of Gender

Course will distinguish between sex and gender and critically examine how social historical meanings about femininity and masculinity are socially constructed, reinforced, and challenged. Considers how gender differences and gender inequality play out in a variety of institutions including education, the economy, the family, politics, religion, the media and medicine. Critical perspectives, including feminist and multi-cultural approaches, will be employed. Limited to 25.

SOC237 3

Critical Issues in Contemporary Society

Systematic analysis of major contemporary social problems with focus on their sources, patterns, consequences, and current efforts at intervention and amelioration. Pre-requisite: SOC 101.

SOC302 3

Introduction to Museum Studies

Survey of museology that introduces students to the history of museums and debates about their role in society. Through case studies of ethnographic, history, and art museums students will explore the relationships between museums, their missions, those they represent, and the communities in which they reside. Pre-requisite: SOC 101 or SOC 228. Limited to 25.

SOC304 3

Seminar: American Inequality

Survey of the range of stratification systems. Emphasis on the American stratification system - social caste and its relationship to race, age, sex, religion, and ethnicity. Pre-requisites: SOC 101 and at least one additional Sociology course. Limited to 15.

SOC415 3

Seminar on Oppression

Introduces the concept of oppression. Conditions of oppression to be explored include exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, cultural imperialism, and violence. Emphasis on the interaction among racism, sexism, classism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, and ageism, to show the interconnections among oppressions in everyday life. Reading assignments will challenge/encourage the students to take action to end oppressive behaviors and to affirm diversity and social justice. (Previously Seminar on Racism) Pre-requisite: SOC 101 and at least one additional Sociology course. Limited to 15.

SOC421 3

First-Year Seminar: Art Now! Contemporary Trends

Students will investigate trends in recent art through engaging with theoretical and critical writings, in-class discussions, presentations by artists and critics, and visits to galleries and museums, such as the new contemporary wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the DeCordova Museum, and Mass MoCA. Limited to 16.

VPH110 4

Introduction to Arts Administration

The course will introduce students to the many facets of arts administration in the visual and performing arts. Topics to be investigated will include: the role of arts in society; management strategies; funding venues; and legal and ethical issues in the arts. Limited to 25.

VPH184 3

Art Since 1945

Major movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Super Realism, Neo-Expressionism as well as works which go beyond traditional media (earthworks, video art, performance art, digital imaging). Day trips to museums and galleries complement class material. Limited to 25.

VPH218 3

Art for Public Spaces: Issues & Trends

Students will be introduced to the changing trends in public art, focusing on developments since the mid twentieth-century. New definitions of art for the public realm will be examined. Controversial public art projects will be discussed as well as the complexities of public commissions and the shifting focus of funding organizations. Limited to 25.

VPH226 3

First-Year Seminar: American Popular Music in the 20th Century

This course presents the diverse genres of American 20th century popular music as it developed from American psalmody, European classical music, and folk music and jazz. Emphasis is on critical thinking and writing about American pop, rock, and jazz. Students may attend a live concert in Boston. This course is the equivalent to VPM 235 American Music in the 20th Century. Limited to 16.

VPM110 4

American Music in the 20th Century

Various developments in American music during the 20th Century, including classical, jazz, Broadway, popular, folk are explored, as well as the interrelation among music, theatre, dance and movies. Students are encouraged to engage in independent research of composers and styles. Limited to 25.

VPM235 3

First-Year Seminar: The Supernatural in Contemporary Pop Culture

We live in a world haunted by the fantastic. Vampires, werewolves, witches, fairies, ghosts, and even caped crusaders invade our everyday lives through entertainment media and advertising. This course will look at how these familiar creatures evolved and what they can teach us about history, culture, and ourselves. This course provides enhanced writing support. Limited to 16.

WRI111 4

First-Year Seminar: Sports Rivalries: Who Wins?

Red Sox or Yankees? This seminar explores sports rivalries in American literature and popular culture, probing social, ethical, and political aspects while sharpening students' skills in writing, textual analysis, and public presentation. Emphasis will be on the writing process, the academic essay, and giving and receiving constructive feedback on written work. This course provides enhanced writing support. Limited to 16.

WRI112 4