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351. The Age of Revolution in America
The causes of the American Revolution, the writing and the implementation of the Constitution,
and the War of 1812. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. No S/U option.
(Humanities)

352. The United States in the Middle Period
America from 1815 to 1850, with emphasis on the growth and consequences of political and
economic stability. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. No S/U option.
(Humanities)

353. Civil War and Reconstruction
America at war with itself. The causes of the war and the attempt to rebuild the Union.
Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. No S/U option. (Humanities)

354. U.S. Social History Since 1940
World War II as a turning point in civil rights, gender issues, class, foreign policy, and the
consumer revolution. This course also counts towards the GSS major. Prerequisite: junior
standing or permission of instructor. No S/U option. (Humanities)

356. African-Americans in U.S. History
Selected topics on the nature of the Black experience in America. Prerequisite: junior standing
or permission of instructor. Alternate years. No S/U option. (Humanities)

357. Seminar in American History
Examination of a particular theme or set of themes in American history. Topics vary from year
to year. Not offered every year. May be repeated for credit. No S/U option. (Humanities)

358. Work and Leisure in Modern America
Examines the relationship between Americans' working lives and their pursuit of leisure in the
transformation from the Industrial to the Post-Industrial Era (1880s-1980s). Topics will include
women's changing role in the workforce; the impact of popular and mass culture (such as film,
radio, and television) upon the separation of work and leisure; the decline of public culture and
the rise of privatized forms of leisure; the disappearance of industrial jobs in the emerging
service-information economy; and the rise of corporate cultures, such as Disney, in the global
context of the current economic revolution. We will explore how the forces of urbanization,
immigration, production and consumption, technological innovation, and class stratification,
contributed to the bifurcation of culture into "high" and "low" as well as engendering the
evolution of popular to commercial to mass culture. Offered every third year. This course also
counts towards the GSS major. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. No S/U
option. (Humanities)

364. Documentary Imagination-Depression
Explores the relationship between historical truth and fiction through an examination of
documentaries made of Depression Era America. Through our examination of different types of
documentary expression (e.g., photography, ethnography, literature, film, and oral history),
students will learn to interpret these texts as historical sources. Students may experience first-
hand the stages of documentary production by conducting oral history interviews, which they
videotape and edit into a final documentary narrative. Offered every third year. Prerequisite:
junior standing or permission of instructor. No S/U option. (Humanities)

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