American Studies Courses

Introductory Courses

HIS 172 AMERICAN HERITAGE II

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A continuation of the study of United States history from the Reconstruction to the present. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

POL 103 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introductory survey of American national politics and government. The course will examine the ideological and socioeconomic context of American politics, the principles of the United States Constitution, nongovernmental actors such as political parties and the media and governmental institutions. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SOC 133 AMERICAN SOCIETY

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to sociology through an examination of the structure and dynamics of contemporary American society. Sociological concepts and methods of analysis are examined through the study of selected aspects of American society. Topics include social class, political power, the family, religion, education, race and ethnicity, crime and deviance and demography. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

ENG 258 AMERICAN RENAISSANCE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will include a study of the major fiction, non-fiction and poetry of American writers from 1820–1890, the period of romanticism, transcendentalism, nationalism, abolitionism and realism. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

ENG 259 MODERN AMERICAN NOVEL

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of the new fictional techniques and thematic concerns of the American novel beginning with Henry James and including such writers as: Wharton, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Dreiser, Lewis, Ellison, Wright, Momaday and Morrison. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

Mass Media and Popular Culture

ENG 111 THE LANGUAGE OF FILM

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of what is probably the most current and most popular form of communication. Film lectures will center on the history and development of film as an art form; class sessions will also include the viewing of selected short and feature films as well as discussion and written evaluation. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

ART 215 (HIS 205) ART IN AMERICAN LIFE

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An intensive study of the architecture, painting and sculpture in America from the 17th century to the present. Special emphasis will be given to the art resources in New York and Long Island. Illustrated lectures, discussions, visits to museums and galleries. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

MUS 205 JAZZ

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A survey of the evolution of jazz from its African origins to major contemporary styles; emphasis on harmonic, melodic and rhythmic development; techniques of improvisation and style; analysis of major performers. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SOC 265 POPULAR CULTURE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An application of the theory and methodology of sociology to a study of popular culture in America. Content will include an analysis of institutional and market processes. Emphasis will be placed on the decision-making processes in the mass media, music, film and television and their respective impact on society. Prerequisite: SOC 100, SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

HIS 360 THE VIETNAM ERA

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A seminar on the Vietnam War from its origins in the 1950s to the current debate over the legacy of the conflict. Competing interpretations of America’s involvement in the war and its consequences for the country's political culture will be analyzed. Prerequisite: HIS 172 or departmental permission. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

POL 303 MONEY, MEDIA AND POLITICS

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course analyzes the ownership and financial incentives of the media. It questions the effects of those incentives on the media’s performance of functions, such as news reporting and coverage of elections. The entertainment industry is also discussed, as the line between news and entertainment continues to blur. Attention is paid to the role of money in American elections as well. Prerequisites: POL 102 or POL 103 or POL 205. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SPC 302 AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

An exploration of this uniquely American genre of theater including its roots in minstrelsy, vaudeville, comic burlesque, revue and operetta, as well as the array of artists that have contributed to it. Prerequisite: SPC 102. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

Racial and Ethnic Diversity

ENG 261 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the contributions of the African-American community to the literature of the United States. The course will include folktales, the lyrics of spirituals, gospel and jazz compositions, slave narratives, works from the Harlem Renaissance and works of major writers such as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 229 THE AFRICAN–AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the major events and people; and the social, economic, political and cultural trends that have shaped the African-American experience since 1619. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

POL 203 POLITICAL AND CIVIL RIGHTS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the nature and practice of political and civil rights, with an emphasis placed upon the study of contemporary controversies, such as hate speech, separation of church and state and the rights of the accused. Special attention will be paid to the interaction of political and judicial processes. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SOC 247 HISPANIC CULTURE AND COMMUNITY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of the social development and functioning of the Hispanic community. Pertinent sociological themes for discussion include immigration, religion, politics, cultural development, the media and the family. Special emphasis will be given to the Hispanic communities of the New York area. Prerequisite: SOC 100, SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SOC 249 RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

examination of race and ethnic relations in American society, including a discussion of assimilation vs. pluralism, minority status, group tensions and the dynamics of prejudice and discrimination. The experience of historic and contemporary ethnic groups in New York will be explored. Prerequisite: SOC 100, SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SOC 310 THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An in-depth study of the movement for civil rights from its origins to the present. The struggle for African-American freedom and justice is presented in the context of local and national organizations. Discussion topics include the formation of the NAACP, the Brown decision and school integration, the Montgomery bus boycott, voter registration, Freedom Summer, black power, student activism and woman activists. Prerequisite: SOC 100, SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

HIS 363 IMMIGRATION AND IDENTITY: THE QUESTION OF RACE AND ETHNICITY IN AMERICAN LIFE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

historical and contemporary examination of how immigration, race and ethnicity have helped shaped both American national identity and personal identity. Students will explore the political, social and economic aspects of the four main waves of immigration with emphasis on how minority populations adapted to American culture, while at the same time, changing American culture in the process. Prerequisite: HIS 172 or departmental permission. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

Citizenship and Community

PHI 240 AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will examine the rich heritage of American philosophy as a resource to enable students to understand and manage the rapid changes, increasing social diversity and conflicting paradigms of beliefs, meaning and value that characterize the 2First century. From Emerson and Thoreau through Peirce, James, Dewey and Mead to contemporary neo-pragmatists, American thinkers will be examined for the ideas, ideals and methods of thinking which shape many our contemporary views of education, religion, society and politics and the American psyche. Recommended: either PHI 124, 154 or a course in American history or political thought subject to departmental approval. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

ENG 261 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the contributions of the African-American community to the literature of the United States. The course will include folktales, the lyrics of spirituals, gospel and jazz compositions, slave narratives, works from the Harlem Renaissance and works of major writers such as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

POL 203 POLITICAL aND CIVIL RIGHTS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the nature and practice of political and civil rights, with an emphasis placed upon the study of contemporary controversies, such as hate speech, separation of church and state and the rights of the accused. Special attention will be paid to the interaction of political and judicial processes. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

POL 280 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the origin, theory and interpretation of the United States Constitution. Emphasis will be placed upon controversies surrounding the separation of powers, federalism and economic liberties. Prerequisite: POL 102 or POL 103 or POL 203. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SOC 237 INEQUALITY AND SOCIAL CLASS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Topics include: the values, life styles and ideologies of the various classes; the relationship of the classes to economic, political and educational institutions; changes in the class structure. Prerequisite: SOC 100, SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SOC 245 COMMUNITY: THEORY AND PRACTICE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will emphasize the development of American communities – urban, suburban, small-town and rural. Particular emphasis will be placed on the sociological perspective but will include political, historical and design aspects of community development. Classes will be devoted to community planning, suburban sprawl, the scale and pace of urbanization and social issues. Prerequisite: SOC 100, SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 274 LONG ISLAND IN HISTORY

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of Long Island history from its geological origins to the present day. Long Island will be analyzed both as a distinct region and as a case study in the broader history of America. Of primary importance will be an examination of the ethnic, cultural, political, social and religious diversity that developed over time and gave to the island its identity. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

HIS 276 NEW YORK: STATE AND CITY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An analysis of the history of New York from its Dutch beginnings to the present day. In addition to the study of particular events, issues and individuals of importance to the state’s history, the emergence of New York City as a commercial, cosmopolitan center will be examined within the context of the region’s overall development. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

Advanced Courses

HIS 321 AMERICAN SOCIAL AND INTELLECTUAL HISTORY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Discussion on selected topics of the non-political aspects of American history, including economic influences, racial contributions, literary, artistic and scientific trends, as well as religious problems and reform movements. Prerequisite: HIS 172 or departmental permission. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

POL 353 AMERICAN POLITICAL THEORY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A survey of American political thought from the nation’s founding to the present era. Emphasis will be paid to defining moments in American political history, such as the Revolution, the constitutional founding, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression and the civil rights movement. These debates will be revisited, with mainstream and radical positions discussed. Prerequisite: POL 102 or POL 103 or POL 203 or POL 225. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

ENG 404 ADVANCED SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1865

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A detailed consideration of the diverse components of American literature, from its beginnings to the Civil War. Required of English majors and concentrates by the end of their junior year. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

ENG 405 ADVANCED SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE SINCE 1865

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A detailed consideration of the diverse components of American literature, from the Civil War to the present. Required of English majors and concentrates by the end of their junior year. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

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