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The descriptions and topics of this course change from semester-to-semester, as well as from instructor-to-instructor. Prerequisite: varies with the topic offered.
AMER 390 LOUISIANA: CULTURE AND HISTORY. Ever since 1803, Louisiana has been a case study of how closely the United States is linked to cultures and countries around the globe. While Louisiana is often famous for its "creole" cooking and culture, any attempt to define the word "creole" immediately shows how complex Louisiana history and culture truly are. Often considered the "birthplace of jazz," Louisiana is also home to other unique musical traditions, including Cajun and Zydeco music produced by the Cajuns (descendants of the Acadians from Canada) and the Afro-Creoles/Creoles of Color. In this course, we will study the history of Louisiana and some of its distinct cultural contributions. We will read historical and literary texts, and watch movies that help to contextualize some of this material. Throughout the semester, we will take special care to consider the influences of other nations and cultures on Louisiana as we explore its unique place in these United States.
AMER 390 AMERICAN HOLIDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS. Holidays and ritual celebrations have been an integral aspect of American culture. How Americans have celebrated holidays and the very holidays we observe have changed dramatically over time. This course examines how Americans have observed holidays and what these celebrations reveal about American social life. A close examination of holidays gives us a window into understanding larger currents in American society. We will look at how American holidays have evolved, what their potential roots are in other cultures, and how they are often contested terrain between groups of Americans from different races, classes, ethnic groups, genders, and age cohorts.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours
Schedule Types: Lecture
American Studies Department
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
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