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									                                                                                                                                          2002–2003/2003–2004 UC Davis General Catalog



American Studies

(College of Letters and Science)                                                                                    Emphasis .................................................................................................16
Michael L. Smith, Ph.D., Program Director                                                                             In consultation with an American Studies adviser, the student
                                                                                                                      designs a program of 16 units of upper division course work around
Program Office, 2134A Hart Hall (530-752-3377; e-mail:
                                                                                                                      a unifying theme, period, or subject matter in American cultures. The
     americanstudies@ucdavis.edu)
                                                                                                                      course work should come from at least two disciplines or interdisci-
World Wide Web: http://cougar.ucdavis.edu/ams                                                                         plinary programs. The student may choose the senior thesis option
Committee in Charge                                                                                                   (190A-190B) for 8 of these 16 units.
Carole Blair, Ph.D. (American Studies)                                                                              Total Units for the Major..............................................................................68
Carolyn Thomas de la Peña, Ph.D. (American Studies)                                                                 Recommended
Ruth Frankenberg, Ph.D. (American Studies)                                                                          Completion of the college requirement in English composition before enrollment in
Jay Mechling, Ph.D. (American Studies)                                                                              American Studies 190A.
Kent Ono, Ph.D. (American Studies, Asian American Studies)
Michael L. Smith, Ph.D. (American Studies)
Patricia Turner, Ph.D. (African American and African Studies, American Studies)
                                                                                                                    Minor Program Requirements:
Jon Wagner, Ph.D. (Education)                                                                                                                                                                                           UNITS
David Van Leer, Ph.D. (English)                                                                                     American Studies.........................................................................................20
                                                                                                                    American Studies, upper division courses..............................................20
Faculty                                                                                                                 No more than 8 units of course 192 may be counted toward this total.
Carole Blair, Ph.D., Professor                                                                                      Faculty Advisers. C. Blair, C de la Peña, R. Frankenberg, J. Mechling, K. Ono,
Carolyn Thomas de la Peña, Ph.D., Assistant Professor                                                               M. Smith.
Ruth Frankenberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor
                                                                                                                    Teaching Credential Subject Representative. J. Mechling. See also the Teacher
Jay Mechling, Ph.D., Professor, Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award
                                                                                                                    Education Program.
Kent Ono, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Eric Schroeder, Ph.D., Lecturer, Academic Federation Excellence in Teaching
      Award                                                                                                         Courses in American Studies (AMS)
Michael L. Smith, Ph.D., Professor, Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching                                          Lower Division Course
      Award
Patricia Turner, Ph.D., Professor                                                                                   1A. Technology, Science, and American Culture (4)
                                                                                                                    Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. American science and technology as cul-
Emeriti Faculty                                                                                                     tural systems, mutual influence and interaction of those systems with other cultural
David Scofield Wilson, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer Emeritus                                                              systems, including religion, social thought, art, architecture, literature, music, and
                                                                                                                    common sense. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt.—III. (III.) Mechling
The Major Program                                                                                                   1B. Religion in American Lives (4)
                                                                                                                    Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Religions and spiritual practices in the
American Studies offers an alternative approach to the study of American experi-
                                                                                                                    United States, and their interrelationships with other aspects of U.S. history, society
ence for students who feel too limited by departmental approaches. Lower divi-
                                                                                                                    and culture; indigenous and imported faiths, and the impact of immigration, colo-
sion, introductory classes explore the ways in which cultural systems shape and
                                                                                                                    nization and culture contact on religious systems. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci,
reflect life in the United States. These classes pay close attention to the ways in
                                                                                                                    Div, Wrt.—I. (I.) Frankenberg, Mechling
which differences of class, race, gender, generation, ethnicity, religion, and sexual
orientation unevenly affect American lives.                                                                         1C. American Lives through Autobiography (4)
                                                                                                                    Lecture—2 hours; discussion—2 hours. American culture as understood through
The Program. American Studies majors take seven upper division, in-depth
                                                                                                                    the individual life stories told by Americans, with attention to the roles of gender,
classes and seminars devoted to close study of major thinkers and of issues cru-
                                                                                                                    race, ethnicity, social class, and sexual orientation in the individual's life course.
cial to the practice of American Studies. Advanced work in at least two other
                                                                                                                    GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt.—II. (II.)
departments or programs allows each student to emphasize a period, a problem,
or a subject tailored to his or her own individual education goals. Students have                                   1E. Nature and Culture in America (4)
the option of writing a senior thesis within this emphasis.                                                         Lecture—3 hours; fieldwork—3 hours. Uses and abuses of nature in America; pat-
                                                                                                                    terns of inhabitation, exploitation, appreciation, and neglect; attention to California;
Career Alternatives. As an interdisciplinary program, American Studies provides
                                                                                                                    emphasis on metaphor as a key to understanding ourselves and the natural world;
a good liberal arts and sciences undergraduate education. American Studies
                                                                                                                    attention to models of healing: stewardship, ecology, the “rights” movement.
maximizes a student’s contact with a variety of subject matter and approaches.
                                                                                                                    Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt.—III. Smith
Graduates have moved into a broad range of career settings, including journalism,
law, medicine, nursing, law enforcement, teaching, environmental planning, library                                  4. Freshman Seminar (2)
science, museum curatorship, and business. Some students discover new career                                        Seminar—2 hours. Prerequisite: open only to students who have completed fewer
possibilities through their internships in American institutions.                                                   than 40 quarter units. Investigation of a special topic in American Studies through
                                                                                                                    shared readings, discussions, written assignments, and special activities (such as
A.B. Major Requirements:                                                                                            fieldwork, site visits). Emphasis on student participation in learning. Limited enroll-
                                                                                                                    ment.—II, III. (II, III.)
                                                                                                            UNITS
                                                                                                                    5. Technology in American Lives (4)
Preparatory Subject Matter .........................................................................24              Lecture—2 hours; discussion—2 hours. Prerequisite: completion of Subject A
One lower division American Studies course............................................4                             requirement. Technology as both a material cultural force and a symbol in Ameri-
One course from African American and African Studies 10, Asian Ameri-                                               can culture; the lives of engineers at work and play; images of the engineer and
   can Studies 1, Chicana/o Studies 10 or 50, or Native American Stud-                                              technology in popular culture; social political and ethical issues raised by technol-
   ies 10 ...................................................................................................4      ogy. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Wrt.—I. (I.) Smith
One course from Women’s Studies 20, 50, or 70 ......................................4
                                                                                                                    21. Objects and Everyday Life (4)
Two courses from History 17A, 17B, 72A, 72B..........................................8
                                                                                                                    Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour; term paper. Prerequisite: completion of
One course from English 30A, 30B ...........................................................4
                                                                                                                    subject A requirement. Material culture (objects and artifacts ranging from every-
Depth Subject Matter ...................................................................................44          day objects like toys and furnishings to buildings and constructed landscapes) as
American Studies 100, 111, 115, 120, and 160 ......................................20                               evidence for understanding the everyday (vernacular) lives (gender, social class,
American Cultural Themes, choose any two courses from the 120, 130,                                                 ethnicity, region, age, and other factors; collecting and displaying material culture;
   140, or 150 series................................................................................8              commodity capitalism) of individuals and communities in colonial North America
                                                                                                                    and the United States. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.—I.
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                                            Quarter Offered: I=Fall, II=Winter, III=Spring, IV=Summer; 2003-2004 offering in parentheses.
 General Education (GE) credit: ArtHum = Arts and Humanities; SciEng = Science and Engineering; SocSci = Social Sciences; Div = Social-Cultural Diversity; Wrt = Writing Experience.
2002–2003/2003–2004 UC Davis General Catalog
30. Images of America and Americans in Popular Culture (4)                                   139. Feminist Cultural Studies (4)
Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Investigation of verbal and visual dis-                  Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: one course in Women’s Studies or
courses about American identity in various popular culture products, including               American Studies. The histories, theories, and practices of feminist traditions within
film, television, radio, music, fiction, art, advertising, and commercial experiences;       cultural studies. (Same course as Women’s Studies 139.) GE credit: SocSci, Div,
discourses about the United States in the popular culture of other societies.                Wrt.—III. (III.) Frankenberg
Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt.—(I.)                      151. American Landscapes and Places (4)
98. Directed Group Study (1-5)                                                               Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour; fieldwork—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 1,
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Primarily for lower division students. (P/NP grad-      upper division standing. Comparative study of several American cultural popula-
ing only.)                                                                                   tions inhabiting a region, including their relationship to a shared biological, physi-
99. Individual Study for Undergraduates (1-5)                                                cal, and social environment, their intercultural relations, and their relationships to
(P/NP grading only.)                                                                         the dominant American popular and elite culture and folk traditions. GE credit:
                                                                                             ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt.—II. (II.)
Upper Division Courses                                                                       152. The Lives of Children in America (4)
100. Interdisciplinary Skills (4)                                                            Lecture—2 hours; discussion—2 hours. Experience of childhood and adolescence
Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Design and implementation of interdis-               in American culture, as understood through historical, literary, artistic, and social
ciplinary research, analysis and writing for American Studies and other cultural             scientific approaches. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt.—III. (III.) Mechling
studies fields. Library and Internet research skills, project/problem definition,            153. The Individual and Community in America (4)
methods of study of texts, individuals, communities. Hands-on, skill-building,               Lecture—2 hours; discussion—2 hours. Interdisciplinary examination of past and
focused reading, discussion.—I. (I.) Frankenberg                                             present tensions between the individual and the community in American experi-
101A-H. Special Topics (4)                                                                   ence, as those tensions are expressed in such cultural systems as folklore, public
Seminar—3 hours, intensive reading, writing, and special projects. Interdiscipli-            ritual, popular entertainment, literature, fine arts, architecture, and social thought.
nary group study of special topics in American Culture Studies, designed for non-            GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt.—II. (II.)
majors as well as majors. Content will vary according to the instructor and in               154. The Lives of Men in America (4)
accord with the following titles: (A) Popular Culture Studies; (B) Women’s Studies;          Lecture—2 hours; discussion—2 hours. Interdisciplinary examination of the lives of
(C) Material Aspects of American Culture; (D) American National Character; (E)               boys and men in America, toward understanding cultural definitions of masculinity,
American Lives Through Autobiography; (F) The Interrelationship Between Arts                 the ways individuals have accepted or resisted these definitions, and the broader
and Ideas; (G) New Directions in American Culture Studies; (H) Problems in Cross-            consequences of the struggle over the social construction of gender. GE credit:
Cultural American Studies. May be repeated for credit in different subject area              ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt.—I. (I.) Mechling
only.—I, II, III. (I, II, III.)
                                                                                             155. Symbols and Rituals in American Life (4)
110. A Decade in American Civilization (4)                                                   Lecture—2 hours; discussion—2 hours. Prerequisite: course 1. Interdisciplinary
Lecture—2 hours; discussion—2 hours. Prerequisite: one of courses 1A, 1B, 1C,                examination of selected, richly expressive events (parades, festivals, holidays) and
1D, 1E or 1F. Close examination of a single decade in American civilization; the             symbols (flags, memorials, temples) which encode nationwide values and under-
connections between the history, literature, arts, customs, and ideas of Americans           standings (Thanksgiving, New Year’s, etc.) or which realize more limited, special
living in the decade. Issues and representations of race, class, gender, age, and            meanings (Mardi Gras, rodeo, Kwanza, graduation, bar mitzvah, etc.). Offered in
sexuality in the decade. May be repeated for credit if decades studied are differ-           alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt.—III. de la Peña
ent. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt.—I. (I.)
                                                                                             156. Race, Culture and Society in the United States (4)
111. Theories and Practices of Everyday Life in the United States (4)                        Lecture—2 hours; discussion—2 hours. Prerequisite: course 1. Interdisciplinary
Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: upper division status; prepara-            examination of the significance of race in the making of America; how race
tory courses for the American Studies major or the equivalent interdisciplinary              shapes culture, identities and social processes in the United States; the inter-
experience. Introduction to the cultural studies theories and to critical practices          weaving of race with gender, class and nationhood in self and community. GE
that seek to understand everyday life in the United States, with special attention to        credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt.—II. (II.) Frankenberg
uncovering the vernacular theories governing these practices.—I. (I.)
                                                                                             157. Animals in American Culture (4)
115. Living in Bodies: Body Politics in the United States (4)                                Lecture—3 hours, discussion—1 hour. Animals as symbols in American thought,
Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: upper division status; prepara-            as found in folklore, popular culture, literature, and art; customs and stories around
tory courses for the American Studies major or the equivalent interdisciplinary              human-animal interactions, including hunting, religion, foodways, pets, zoos, cir-
experience. Examination of human bodies as sites for cultural constructions of               cuses, rodeos, theme parks, and scientific research on animals. Offered in alter-
identities and “selves” in the United States; attention to bodily norms, crises, and         nate years. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt.—III. Mechling
transgressions; the relation between disciplining the body and controlling social
                                                                                             160. Undergraduate Seminar in American Studies (4)
categories, including race, gender, class and sexualities.—II. (II.) Frankenberg
                                                                                             Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: open to junior and senior American
120. American Folklore and Folklife (4)                                                      Studies majors only. Intensive reading, discussion, research, and writing by small
Lecture—3 hours; fieldwork—1 hour. Theory and method of the study of American                groups in selected topics of American Studies scholarship; emphasis on theory
folk traditions, including oral lore, customs, music, and material folk culture; the         and its application to American material. Limited enrollment. May be repeated
uses and meanings of those traditions in various folk communities, including fami-           once for credit when content differs.—II, III. (II, III.)
lies, ethnic institutions, voluntary organizations, and occupational groups GE
                                                                                             190A. Senior Thesis Research Seminar (4)
credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt.—III. (III.) Mechling
                                                                                             Seminar—2 hours; extensive writing. Prerequisite: senior standing in American
125. Corporate Cultures (4)                                                                  Studies major. Research and prospectus writing for senior thesis.—I. (I.) Blair
Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour; fieldwork—1 hour. Prerequisite: one course
                                                                                             190B. Senior Thesis (4)
chosen from course 120, Anthropology 2, Psychology 16, or Sociology 1; or con-
                                                                                             Independent study—12 hours. Prerequisite: senior standing in American Studies
sent of instructor. Exploration of the small group cultures of American corporate
                                                                                             major and course 190A. In consultation with advisor, student writes an extended
workplaces, including the role of environment, stories, jokes, rituals, ceremonies,
                                                                                             research paper on a topic proposed in course 190A.—I, II, III. (I, II, III.)
personal style, and play. The effects of cultural diversity upon corporate cultures,
both from within and in contact with foreign corporations.—III. (III.) de la Peña            192. Internship in American Institutions (1-12)
                                                                                             Internship—1-12 hours. Prerequisite: enrollment dependent on availability of intern
130. American Popular Culture (4)
                                                                                             positions, with priority to American Studies majors. Supervised internship and
Lecture/discussion—3 hours; fieldwork—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 or upper
                                                                                             study within and about key organizations in American civilization at archives,
division standing. American popular expression and experience as a cultural sys-
                                                                                             museums, schools, historical societies, governmental and social agencies, etc.,
tem, and the relationship between this system and elite and folk cultures. Explo-
                                                                                             with attention to the techniques of participant observation and the collection of
ration of theories and methods for discovering and interpreting patterns of
                                                                                             ethnographical data. May be repeated for credit for a total of 12 units. (P/ NP grad-
meaning in American popular culture. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt.—II.
                                                                                             ing only.)
(II.)
                                                                                             197T. Tutoring in American Studies (1-5)
132. Critical Approaches to Media Culture (4)
                                                                                             Tutorial—1-5 hours. Prerequisite: consent of Chairperson of American Studies Pro-
Lecture/discussion—4 hours; film viewing—2 hours. Critical approaches to the
                                                                                             gram. Tutoring in lower division American Studies courses, usually in small discus-
study of contemporary media culture, focusing specifically on film, television, com-
                                                                                             sion groups. Periodic meetings with the instructor in charge; reports and readings.
puter, and print media and their products and on the various interrelationships
                                                                                             May be repeated for credit when the tutoring is for a different course. (P/NP grad-
between media and U.S. culture. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum or
                                                                                             ing only.)
SocSci, Div, Wrt.—II. (II.) Ono
                                                                                             198. Directed Group Study (1-5)
133. Rhetoric of Media on Social Issues (4)
                                                                                             Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (P/NP grading only.)
Lecture/discussion—4 hours. An introduction to rhetorical analysis of social issues
as depicted within media culture, with specific emphasis on the way media frame              199. Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5)
messages about new social problems. Not open to students who have taken                      Prerequisite: consent of instructor and Chairperson of American Studies Program.
Rhetoric and Communication 124. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SocSci,               (P/NP grading only)
Div, Wrt.—(III.) Ono



                                            Quarter Offered: I=Fall, II=Winter, III=Spring, IV=Summer; 2003-2004 offering in parentheses.
 General Education (GE) credit: ArtHum = Arts and Humanities; SciEng = Science and Engineering; SocSci = Social Sciences; Div = Social-Cultural Diversity; Wrt = Writing Experience.
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Graduate Courses
207. The Critical Study of Whiteness (4)
Seminar—4 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in social science, humanities,
arts, or cultural studies. Critical study of the emergence and significance of the
social and racial status “whiteness” and its cultural practices. The colonial context
for emergence of whiteness, its centrality to class, race, gender formation, and to
social, cultural, legal, and educational processes. Offered in alternate years.—II.
Frankenberg
220. American Folklore and Folklife (4)
Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of
instructor. Theory and methods for the study of the folklore and the folk customary
behavior of Americans; contributions of folklore studies to scholarship in humani-
ties and social science disciplines.—III. (III.) Mechling, Turner
250. Cultural Study of Masculinities (4)
Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of
instructor. Interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the social and cultural
construction of masculinities; attention to the effects of biology, gender, race,
class, sexual and national identities; criticism of oral, printed, visual, and mass
mediated texts, and of social relations and structures. (Same course as Women’s
Studies 250.)—II. Newton, Mechling
298. Group Study (1-5)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (S/U grading only.)
299. Individual Study (1-12)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (S/U grading only.)
Professional Course
396. Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4)
Prerequisite: graduate standing. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)—
I, II, III. (I, II, III.)




                                            Quarter Offered: I=Fall, II=Winter, III=Spring, IV=Summer; 2003-2004 offering in parentheses.
 General Education (GE) credit: ArtHum = Arts and Humanities; SciEng = Science and Engineering; SocSci = Social Sciences; Div = Social-Cultural Diversity; Wrt = Writing Experience.

								
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