Fall 2015 Mini-Course Still open: Introduction to American Cultures
Course description: The goal of this course is to introduce students to debates in American society, discuss the process of identity construction in the United States, and consider the political struggles that have come out of this process. The course will examine how historical circumstances as well as current socio-economic, political, and cultural conditions affect cultural relations in the United States. In light of these considerations, the course will then explore what it means to be “American.” Upon completion of the course, students will be more conversant with the political, social, and economic issues that frame and shape American society and will be able to apply their knowledge of these topics beyond the classroom. In addition, the course will give students the cultural knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to connect and network with others in today’s increasingly diverse work environment.