AMERICAN CULTURE AND LITERATURE

Dennis Raymond Bryson, Ph.D., Chair

Academic Staff
Part-time Academic Staff
Courses

The Department of American Culture and Literature offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The department offers a course selection that examines the United States in all its complexity, integrating literature, culture, and history. This interdisciplinary program will not only introduce students to the study of the United States but will also develop critical and creative thinking skills that will enable students to reflect upon their own culture and its history and literature. The newly revised curriculum seeks to ground students in the skills of close reading and textual analysis. Further, it asks students to consider works in their historical and cultural contexts, illustrating the complicated social relations that exist between writer, text, history, and reader. In recognition of the demands of contemporary professional and academic life, the program now requires courses in the natural and social sciences. The program, as is true of most other programs in the humanities, does not offer vocational training per se but rather develops fluency in English, analytical skills, and ability in written expression that will prepare students for success in their professional lives and in further academic study.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

CURRICULUM

FIRST YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
AMER 115  Methods and Texts I  3    3  7
AMER 195  Introduction to American Studies I  3    3  7
CS 123  Introduction to Computing and Programming  3  2  3  6
ENG 101  English and Composition I  5    3  6
ENG 117  Advanced English Grammar I  3    3  4
GE 100  Orientation  1    1  1
TURK 101  Turkish I      2  2

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
AMER 116  Methods and Texts II  3    3  7
AMER 196  Introduction to American Studies II  3    3  7
ENG 102  English and Composition II  5    3  6
ENG 118  Advanced English Grammar II  3    3  4
TURK 102  Turkish II      2  2

SECOND YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
AMER 207  American Texts and Contexts I  3  1  4  6
AMER 293  American History I  3    3  6
GE 250  Collegiate Activities Program I      -  1
HIST 200  History of Turkey  4    4  8
HUM 111  Cultures Civilizations and Ideas I  3    3  6
MATH 103  Introductory Mathematics  3    3  6
SOC 101  Introduction to Sociology  3    3  6

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
AMER 208  American Texts and Contexts II  3  1  4  6
AMER 294  American History II  3    3  6
GE 251  Collegiate Activities Program II      1  1
HUM 112  Cultures Civilizations and Ideas II  3    3  6
PHYS 200  Physics for Poets  3    3  5
POLS 104  Introduction to Political Science II  3    3  6

THIRD YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
AMER 303  Film Studies in American Culture to 1960  3  1  4  8
AMER 343  American Theater  3    3  6
AMER 357  American Intellectual History I  3    3  6
AMER 383  American Novel to 1900  3    3  6
  Non Technical Elective      3  6

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
AMER 304  Film Studies in American Culture Since 1960  3  1  4  8
AMER 358  American Intellectual History II  3    3  6
AMER 374  American Poetry  3    3  6
AMER 384  American Novel From 1900  3    3  6
  Non Technical Elective      3  6

FOURTH YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
AMER 390  Summer Training      -  9
AMER 427  Topics in Theory for American Culture  3    3  6
AMER 459  Race and Ethnicity in American Culture  3    3  6
  Non Technical Elective      3  6
  Restricted Electives (2)      6  12

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
AMER 406  Senior Project      3  6
AMER 426  American Studies in a Global Context  3    3  6
AMER 492  Gender Studies in American Culture  3    3  6
  Non Technical Elective      3  6
  Restricted Elective      3  6

RESTRICTED ELECTIVES

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
AMER 430  The Thirties: the Great Depression and the New Deal  3    3  6
AMER 441  Culture in its Historical Contexts  3    3  6
AMER 447  Topics in Cultural Studies  3    3  6
AMER 448  American Pragmatism  3    3  6
AMER 458  History of American Presidential Campaigns  3    3  6
AMER 460  Contemporary Native American Writers  3    3  6
AMER 468  American Fiction in the 21. Century: Migration, Space, Identity  3    3  6
AMER 469  American Law Culture and Society  3  6  3  6
AMER 474  Colonialism and the Making of the New World  3    3  6
AMER 476  Selfhood and Emotional Life in American Culture and History  3    3  6
AMER 477  American Gothic  3    3  6
AMER 480  Hemispheric American Studies  3    3  6
AMER 481  Theories of American Culture: An Ethnographic Approach  3    3  6
AMER 482  Creative Writing Workshop  3    3  6
AMER 483  Freedom and Philosophy in Anglo-America  3    3  6
HIST 435  History of US Foreign Relations: the Cold War and Beyond  3    3  6
HUM 331  Humanities and Social Science Honors Seminar  3    3  6
IR 338  Politics of International Economy  3    3  6
IR 349  International Relations in Movies  3    3  6
POLS 488  Film and Politics  3    3  6
POLS 4204  Politics of The Balkans  3    3  6
POLS 4536  Turkish Politics in Comparative Perspective  3    3  6

MINOR PROGRAM

The Minor Program in American Culture and Literature takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the United States, its people, and its culture. The program allows students from any academic background to explore the main themes and ideas of American literature, film, theater, poetry, and history. Such ideas include gender, race, ethnicity, and other forms of identity. Moreover, the program will allow students to increase their fluency in English, as courses emphasize developing their reading, writing, and analytical skills. At the end, students should have a much better understanding of what the term "American" means, as courses and instructors seek to replace a superficial understanding of America with a deeper, more layered, and more nuanced understanding.

Prerequisite Courses:

  • A minimum grade of B- in ENG 102

CURRICULUM

Courses

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
AMER 195  Introduction to American Studies I  3    3  7
AMER 196  Introduction to American Studies II  3    3  7
AMER 207  American Texts and Contexts I  3  1  4  6
AMER 208  American Texts and Contexts II  3  1  4  6
  AMER Course Electives (2)      6  12


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