Winter 2021 American Studies Offerings

AMERICAN STUDIES MAJOR COURSES

The following courses are offered at BYU during Winter Semester 2021.  Only the course number, title, instructor, and prerequisites are listed here.  For more information on these courses go to the course catalog through myBYU.

(*)NOTE: Because of the nature of the American Studies major students can often waive the prerequisites that are required for some classes.  If you would like to take a class that requires prerequisites which you have not taken, contact the instructor and ask for permission to add the class.

 

Requirement 1 Courses

ECON 110- Economic Principles and Problems

Instructor: Butler, Kearl, Platt

Format: Classroom, Live Remote Delivery

 

IHUM 261—Introduction to American Humanities 1: Colonial to 1877

Instructor: Allen Christenson

Format: Classroom

 

IHUM 262—Introduction to American Humanities 2: 1877 to Present

Instructor: Doug Cunningham

Format: Live Remote Delivery

 

POLI 110—American Government and Politics

Instructor: Adam Brown

Format: On-Demand Remote Delivery

 

Requirement 2 and Requirement 5 Courses

AM ST 304—Methods and Writing Practices

Instructor: Mike Taylor

Format: Live Remote Delivery

 

AM ST 490—Senior Capstone

Instructor: Matthew Mason

Format: Blended

Topic: American Slavery

 

“This course will examine history of slavery in the United States using a broad lens.  Therefore, it will attend to the reasonably well-known story from the rise of African American slavery in colonial North America to its violent demise in 1865.  But students will also encounter lesser-known aspects of this history, including Native American slavery, the resurgence of African American bondage in the postbellum South, the rise of human trafficking in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and battles over slavery in American memory.  We will pursue these themes through a mix of readings involving both primary and secondary sources, lectures, and artifacts of memory including films, statues, and other memorials.  After these introductory explorations, students will, in ongoing consultation with the professor, generate a research question that will by stages lead to a 15-20 page research paper.”

 

Requirement 3- Elective Courses

 

American Studies:

AM ST 360- Film in American Culture

Instructor: Dennis Perry

Format: Classroom

  

Anthropology:

ANTH 346- Anthropology of Mormonism

Instructor: Ed Andrus

Format: Live Remote Delivery

 

Art History and Curatorial Studies:

ARTHC 353- American Art 1876 to 1950

Instructor: James Swensen

Format: Blended

 

Communications:

COMMS 302- Popular Culture and Media

Instructor: Scott Church

Format: Live Remote Delivery, Blended

  

English Language:

ELANG 322- Modern American Usage

Instructor: Debbie Harrison

Format: Live Remote Delivery

 

English:

ENGL 293- American Literary History

Instructor: Phil Snyder, Edward Cutler

Format: Blended, Live Remote Delivery

 

ENGL 336- The American Novel

Instructor: Dennis Cutchins

Format: Blended

 

ENGL 362-American Literature 1865 to 1914

Instructor: Phil Snyder

Format: Blended

 

ENGL 365-American Lit 1960 to Present

Instructor: Mike Taylor

Format: Live Remote Delivery

 

Geography:

GEOG 250- US and Canada 

Instructor: Daniel Olsen

Format: Classroom

 

Global Women’s Studies:

GWS 332- History of Latter-Day Saint Women 

Instructor: Rachel Cope

Format: Live Remote Delivery

 

History:

HIST 218- Family & Law in American History 

Instructor: Christopher Jones

Format: Blended

 

HIST 293- World War II in History and Memory 

Instructor: Aaron Skabelund

Format: Blended

 

HIST 364- Utah 

Instructor: Jeff Nokes

Format: Blended

 

HIST 371- Revolutionary America

Instructor: Chris Hodson

Format: Live Remote Delivery

 

HIST 373- The Civil War Era

Instructor: Matthew Mason

Format: Blended

 

HIST 374- US History from 1890 to 1945

Instructor: Brian Cannon

Format: Blended

 

HIST 385- Latinos in the United States

Instructor: David-James Gonzales

Format: Live Remote Delivery

 

HIST 387- American Indian History 1830 to Present

Instructor: Jay Buckley

Format: Blended

 

Interdisciplinary Humanities:

IHUM 490R- Seminar in the Humanities

Instructor: Kerry Soper (Section 1 on Comedy and Satire)

Format: Blended

 

Music:

MUSIC 204- Intro to Jazz 

Instructor: Steve Lindeman

Format: Live Remote Delivery

 

Political Science: 

POLI 312- American Judicial Politics

Instructor: Christopher Krewson

Format: Blended

 

POLI 316- American Political Parties

Instructor: Jeremy Pope

Format: Live Remote Delivery

 

POLI 319R- Topics in American Government and Politics

Instructor: Ethan Busby, Kirk Hawkins, Richard Davis

Format: Classroom, Live Remote Delivery

 

POLI 321- The Media in American Politics

Instructor: Richard Davis

Format: Live Remote Delivery

 

POLI 376- US Foreign Policy 

Instructor: Kerry Kartchner

Format: Live Remote Delivery

 

POLI 377- National Security Affairs

Instructor: Chad Nelson

Format: Live Remote Delivery

 

POLI 420- Constitutional Law: American Federal System 

Instructor: Lucy Williams

Format: Blended

 

POLI 421- Constitutional Law: Rights and Immunities

Instructor: Chris Krewson

Format: Live Remote Delivery

 

Religion:

REL C 341- Joseph Smith and the Restoration 1805 to 1845 

Instructor: Steven Harper

Format: Classroom

 

REL C 342- Pioneers and Persecution 1846 to 1899 

Instructor: Jordan Watkins

Format: Blended

 

REL C 343- Modern Church 1900 to Present 

Instructor: JB Haws

Format: Classroom

 

REL C 353- American Christianity 

Instructor: Rachel Cope

Format: Live Remote Delivery

 

Sociology:

SOC 323- Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 

Instructor: Ryan Gabriel, Jacob Rugh

Format: Live Remote Delivery, Blended 

 

Additional Elective Courses

Although the following courses aren’t on the official list of pre-approved electives, Dr. Brian Roberts (Director of the American Studies Program) is happy to approve them toward your required 27 hours of elective credits. Email brianrussellroberts@byu.edu.

 

English 235R- Studies in American Literature
Instructor: Dennis Perry (American Literature: Puritans to Renaissance), Greg Clark (Literature of the Harlem Renaissance)
Format: Classroom, Live Remote Delivery

 

English 390R- Transnational Literature, “Poe and the World”
Instructor: Emron Esplin (Section 1)
Format: Classroom

 

ENGL 395R- Studies in Literature: Bob Dylan and Literature

Instructor: Brian Roberts

Format: Live Remote Delivery

“There had been whispers about it for years. And then it happened. In 2016, the famed musician Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Following the announcement, Sara Danius (of the Swedish Academy, which awards the prize) said, “He is a great poet in the English-speaking tradition.” She continued: “Homer and Sappho…wrote poetic texts that were meant to be listened to, they were meant to be performed, often together with instruments, and it’s the same way with Bob Dylan.” She suggested, “If you want to start listening or reading, you may start with Blonde on Blonde, the album from 1966.” This course offers students the chance to spend a semester thinking about Dylan’s work as literature, and more specifically as poetry. It also affords an opportunity to consider this poetry’s place in the cultural landscape of the United States and the world from the mid twentieth century to the present day. A few of the many topics we will consider: Dylan and poetic forms, Dylan’s literary ancestors and inspirations, the significance of major albums including Blonde on Blonde, questions of sampling (including allegations of plagiarism), performance’s role in making and remaking literature, and the recurrent matter of Black lives in Dylan’s lyrics and music.”

 

ENGL 396- Women in American Literature
Instructor: Kristin Matthews

Format: Live Remote Delivery

 

POLI 323- Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in American Politics

Instructor: Lisa Argyle

Format: Blended

 

Note: Other courses may be approved for elective credit, if those courses 1) are 300-level or higher, 2) are America-oriented, and 3) have a significant writing component. For approval, please contact the American Studies Program director, Brian Roberts (brianrussellroberts@byu.edu).