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Fall 2022 American Studies Offerings

AMERICAN STUDIES MAJOR COURSES

The following courses are offered at BYU during Fall Semester 2022. 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: Brignone, Moody, Platt, Dean, Kearl, Butler, Pope
Format: Classroom

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

Instructor: Christenson, Parry
Format: Classroom

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

Instructor: Allen Christenson
Format: Classroom

POLI 110—American Government and Politics

Instructor: Coombs, Dynes
Format: Classroom

Requirement 2 and Requirement 5 Courses

AM ST 303—History and Theory

Instructor: Jamin Creed
Format: Classroom

AM ST 490—Senior Capstone

Instructor: Eric Eliason
Format: Classroom
Topic: Religious and Regional Folklore: The Latter-day Saints. 

This American Studies capstone course will look at scholarship on religious and regional folklore, focusing on Latter-day Saints as the primary example.

Requirement 3—Elective Courses

Art History:

ARTHC 365—American Art and Architecture to 1876

Instructor: James Swenson
Format: Classroom

American Studies:

AM ST 300—Literatures and Cultures of the American West

Instructor: Frank Christiansen
Format: Classroom

AM ST 360—Film in American Culture

Instructor: Dennis Cutchins
Format: Classroom

AM ST 392R—Lecture Series

Instructor: Brenden Rensink
Format: Classroom

Communications:

COMMS 302- Popular Culture and Media

Instructor: Church, Burnett
Format: Live Remote Delivery

Applied English Linguistics:

ELING 322- Modern American Usage

Instructor: Rawlins, Johnson
Format: Classroom

English:

ENGL 293—American Literary History

Instructor: Taylor, Christianson, Steiner
Format: Classroom

ENGL 384R—Author Studies (Gene Luen Yang)

Instructor: Darowski, Joseph
Format: Classroom

ENGL 388R—American Lit Before 1800

Instructor: Brice Peterson
Format: Classroom

ENGL 389R—American Lit After 1800 (Section 1)

Instructor: Matthews
Format: Classroom

Geography:

GEOG 250—US and Canada 

Instructor: Matthew Shumway
Format: Classroom

Global Women’s Studies:

GWS 337R—LDS Women Cultural Producers

Instructor: Sheree Bench
Format: Classroom

History:

HIST 218—Family & Law in American History 

Instructor: Christopher Jones
Format: Classroom

HIST 300—American West to 1900 

Instructor: Jay Buckley
Format: Classroom

HIST 362—US Immigration Studies

Instructor: David-James Gonzales
Format: Classroom

HIST 364—Utah History

Instructor: Brian Cannon
Format: Classroom

HIST 370—Early America

Instructor: Karen Aumen
Format: Classroom

HIST 371—Revolutionary America

Instructor: Christopher Jones
Format: Classroom

HIST 375—Joseph Smith in Mormon History and Historiography

Instructor: Grant Underwood
Format: Classroom

HIST 376—U.S. History from 1945–2000 

Instructor: Andrew Johns
Format: Classroom

HIST 383—African American History Since 1865 

Instructor: Rebecca DeSchweinitz
Format: Classroom

HIST 386—American Indian History to 1830

Instructor: Jenny Pulsipher
Format: Classroom

HIST 389—American Adolescence/Literature

Instructor: Matthews, Christianson
Format: Classroom

HIST 397—Historical Literacies in the United States

Instructor: Jeffrey Nokes
Format: Classroom

HIST 490—Capstone Research Seminar

Instructor: Buckley, Christianson, DeSchweinitz, Felt, Larsen, Hardy
Format: Classroom

Music:

MUSIC 204—Intro to Jazz 

Instructor: Ron Saltmarsh
Format: Classroom

Political Science:

POLI 312—American Judicial Politics

Instructor: Christopher Krewson
Format: Classroom

POLI 314—US Presidency

Instructor: Alejandra Aldridge
Format: Classroom

POLI 315—Congress and Legislative Process

Instructor: Michael Barber
Format: Classroom

POLI 319R—Topics in American Government and Politics

Instructor: Joseph Monson
Format: Classroom

POLI 325—Politics of Wilderness, National Parks, and Public Land Management

Instructor: Adam Brown
Format: Classroom

POLI 376—US Foreign Policy 

Instructor: Gentry Jenkins
Format: Classroom

POLI 410—Research Project in American Politics

Instructor: Aldridge, Karpowitz
Format: Classroom

POLI 421—Constitutional Law: Rights and Immunities

Instructor: Christopher Krewson
Format: Classroom

POLI 422—Interests and Ideas in the American Founding

Instructor: Jeremy Pope
Format: Classroom

Religion:

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

Instructor: Hedges, Baugh
Format: Classroom

REL C 342—Pioneers and Persecution 1846 to 1899 

Instructor: Hedges, Watkins
Format: Classroom

REL C 343—Modern Church 1900 to Present 

Instructor: John Haws
Format: Classroom

REL C 353—American Christianity

 Instructor: Rachel Cope
Format: Classroom

Sociology:

SOC 323—Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

Instructor: Gabriel, Rugh
Format: Classroom

*The following courses may be count (with written approval from the American Studies Program Director, Brian Roberts [brianrussellroberts@byu.edu]):

Requirement 3:

ENGL 337R—The American Novel––Masculinity, Toxic and Otherwise

Instructor: Dennis Cutchins
Format: Classroom

Requirement 4:

ENGL 394R—The Provo City Lab

Instructor: Jamin Rowan
Format: Classroom