Portland-State-University 2023-2024 Bulletin

UnSt 212 American Identities

American Studies examines the tensions, contradictions, traditions, and possibilities that define the American experience. Using perspectives from the humanities and social sciences, students will investigate ethical, social, political, geographic, and cultural developments. Courses may explore film, archaeology, literature, conflict resolution, music, as well as gender and sexualities in order to compare diverse American identities and how they have changed over time. Each class will examine key American narratives, symbols, policies, and places and can apply a broad range of cultural and historical perspectives.


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