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Fall 2012 Courses and Course Descriptions

GAMST 200: Introduction to American Studies

This interdisciplinary course will highlight the student's role in interrogating the cultural and political function of representations of America in literature, history, philosophy, religion, popular culture, music and art. Students will gain an understanding of why definitions of American identity matter and learn about the contemporary debates that inform the discipline of American Studies today. Questions about the changing role of national studies in the face of globalization are central.

Section 1 | TuTh 3:30-4:45 pm | Julianne Herczeg
Section 2 | TuTh 9:30-10:45 am | Laura Henigman
                     M 6:30-9:00 pm
Section 3 | TuTh 12:30-1:45 pm | Jennifer Connerley


AMST 303E: Religion and American Politics and Campaigns

We will survey the interaction between religions and political life in the United States, beginning with the colonial period and moving forward into the present.  Part of our time will be spent examining the role of religion in politics and campaigns throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  During the days and weeks surrounding the Republican primaries, we will spend much of our time discussing the role of religion in the current presidential election cycle.  We will use readings and media such as television, film, and the Internet to gain a fuller and clearer understanding of religion and modern campaigns.

Section 1 | TuTh 9:30-10:45am | Jennifer Connerley


SMAD 498: American and Television History and the Public Interest

This course will examine strengths/weaknesses of American radio/television media, contrast their development with that of other nations, develop familiarity with various interpretations of radio/television history and explore case studies with an emphasis on the public interest.

Section 1 | MW 10:35-11:50am | Alex Leidholdt


How do I sign up?

1)  Make an appointment with Dr. Laura Henigman, American Studies coordinator (206 Keezell, henigmlx@jmu.edu), to fill out registration forms for the American Studies minor.  These require Dr. Henigman's signature.   Enrolling early will allow you go receive regular updates on the minor from Dr. Henigman.

2)  File signed form at registrar's office.