Learn about American Cultural Studies program at info session tomorrow
From Dr. David Todd Lawrence, Interim Director
American Cultural Studies Program
Ever heard of the American Cultural Studies program? Maybe you're wondering what it is? Well, come find out!
American Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary program minor in which students develop a critical perspective on the rich and multiple meanings of two crucial terms: "American" and "culture." Drawing on perspectives from a number of participating departments and programs (e.g., Communications Studies, English, History, Music, Art History, Sociology, Theology, Philosophy, Theater, Journalism, Modern and Classical Languages, Women's Studies), the American Cultural Studies program examines the symbols, practices and histories that contribute to the complexity and variety of the American experience, including North and South America.
In addition to making connections between disciplines, ACST students engage in analysis that discovers linkages and tensions between vernacular and elite culture, as well as diverse and multiple cultural identities and affiliations. How do music, film, marketing, literature, history, art, etc., shape our daily lives? Cultural and national identity? Racial and ethnic identity? Sense of "high" and "low" culture? American Cultural Studies can help to explore these questions.
If you are interested in American Cultural Studies as a minor or in taking the foundations course, "Introduction to American Cultural Studies" (ACST 200), which will be offered in both fall and spring semesters 2007-2008, we invite you to attend our informational meeting at noon Tuesday March 27, in Room 247, John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts. Pizza and drinks will be provided.
For more information, contact me via e-mail or phone, (651) 962-5625.