This is an interdisciplinary American Studies course that examines the history, ideology, and meaning which creates the American identity. This course uses a range of articles and narratives to help develop an understanding of identity and it complexities at the micro and macro levels and explores the factors that contribute to an assumed American identity. Who are Americans? Who is or is not an American? When do you become an American? American identities are shaped through nationalism, identification, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social class, family, political systems, religion, education, and many more things. As a result, this course is designed to challenge previous understandings and assumptions and to explore the complexity of living with multiple identities in everyday life in the United States of America by examining the ways a nation, a community, an individual has perceived herself/himself/itself as “American” and “an American” and allowing you to gain translatable knowledge that will carry you throughout your academic careers.
This is an interdisciplinary American Studies course that examines the history, ideology, and meaning which creates the American identity. This course uses a range of articles and narratives to help develop an understanding of identity and it complexities at the micro and macro levels and explores the factors that contribute to an assumed American identity. Who are Americans? Who is or is not an American? When do you become an American? American identities are shaped through nationalism, identification, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social class, family, political systems, religion, education, and many more things. As a result, this course is designed to challenge previous understandings and assumptions and to explore the complexity of living with multiple identities in everyday life in the United States of America by examining the ways a nation, a community, an individual has perceived herself/himself/itself as “American” and “an American” and allowing you to gain translatable knowledge that will carry you throughout your academic careers.