AMST 302
The United States and the Pacific (Junior Seminar in AMST)
Last Offered Fall 2008
Division II
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

The history and culture of the United States cannot be thought of separately from those of Asia and the Pacific. From the “City on the Hill” to Manifest Destiny and beyond, the momentum of expansion into the Pacific has catalyzed culture and politics in the U.S. This course examines the intertwined histories of the U.S. and the Pacific, focusing on regions, nations, and empires. We will explore the ways that these regions constituted each other over the course of their shared history, with an aim towards understanding the history of the U.S. as part of a larger history of the world. Through economic, diplomatic, military, cultural, and community histories, we will consider encounters and contestations between the U.S. and the Pacific, to explore the shifting, contradictory emergence of ideas and conceptions of “America.”
The Class: Format: seminar/discussion
Expected: 10
Class#: 1677
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, weekly response papers, a cumulative review essay (5-7 pages), and a final paper (10-15 pages)
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: American Studies majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
MAST Interdepartmental Electives

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