SOC 244
What They Saw in America Fall 2023
Division II
Cross-listed AMST 244 / HIST 366 / SOC 244

Class Details

This course traces the travels and writings of four important observers of the United States: Alexis de Tocqueville, Max Weber, G.K. Chesterton, and Sayyid Qutb. The course will consider their respective journeys: Where did they go? With whom did they talk? What did they see? The historical scope and varying national origins of the observers provide a unique and useful outsider’s view of America–one that sheds light on persisting qualities of American national character and gives insight into the nature and substance of international attitudes toward the United States over time. The course will analyze the common themes found in the visitors’ respective writings about America and will pay particular attention to their insights on religion, democracy, agrarianism, capitalism, and race.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 1661
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: A midterm examination, two short essays, and a final paper.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Priority given to Sociology, History, Anthropology, and American Studies majors.
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 244 Division II HIST 366 Division II SOC 244 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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