Spring 2013

 American Studies Courses


26:050:502:01 Research Seminar, W 5:30-8:10PM, CON-233, Feldstein, Email- feldst@andromeda.rutgers.edu.

Description: This research seminar is designed for graduate students to develop the skills needed to research and write a substantive, original, and interdisciplinary paper based on research in primary sources. During the first half of the semester, we will focus on sites in and around Newark that have been “jumping off points” for research—“traditional” archives, public institutions, neighborhoods, communities, and more; we will also read intensively to consider how scholars from various disciplines have drawn on a range of interdisciplinary methods and theoretical frameworks to “use” these or related sites in their own scholarship.

During the second half of the semester, we will focus on your own research and writing.  Through in-class workshops and small groups, we will consider how to develop research questions, how to define topics, how to find sources, and how to work with a range of primary sources while also engaging relevant scholarship.

A longer-term goal is that you will research and write papers that will be relevant to your own thesis or dissertation; that you could present at a conference; or that you could submit for publication.


26:050:550:01 Topics in Cultural History & Artistic Production: Oral History, H 5:30-8:10PM, CON-233, Snyder, Email- rwsnyder@andromeda.rutgers.edu 

Description: In “Oral History”, we'll explore interviewing, transcribing and editing and the uses of interviews in everything from historical research to documentaries. Students will read books, articles and reviews grounded in oral history; conduct their own interviews; and visit museums and archives that work with oral history. While our course will have a special focus on interviewing people who have lived, worked, or studied in Newark, students are welcome to pursue other themes in their interviews if they better fit their individual interests. We’ll also include a special unit dedicated to interviewing people about their experiences with Hurricane Sandy. In final projects, students will have a choice of writing a review essay, researching and writing a close analysis of an interview, or producing a documentary project. The American Studies Program has a limited number of digital recorders and auxiliary gear that will be made available to students. This course fills the public humanities requirement for American Studies graduate students at Rutgers-Newark.

26:050:521 Topics in American Studies I: Latino/a Literature, T 5:30-8:10PM, CON-233, Lomas, Email- llomas@andromeda.rutgers.edu.

Description: In this seminar, we will examine what Machado Sáez and Dalleo refer to as the “Latino/a Canon” in relation to longstanding traditions of Latino/a immigrant and nonmigrant literature, Latin American literature (available in translation), and mainstream U.S. literature.  We will illuminate key texts with recent Latino/a literary and cultural theory, recovered archives, emergent forms of Latino/a writing and performance art.  Through examination of the most influential contributors to this tradition—Chicano/a, Puerto Rican and Nuyorican literature—and a range of genres, including poetry, crónicas, short fiction, plays, novels, graphic novels and essay—we will consider the influence of the fastest growing minority upon the culture of the United States.  Authors may include, but are not limited to José Martí, Julia de Burgos, Tomás Rivera, Américo Paredes, Gloria Anzaldúa, Ernesto Galarza, Oscar Zeta Acosta, Piri Tomás, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Tato Laviera, Cristina García, Jaime and Gilbert Hernández, Julia Alvarez, Achy Obejas, Hector Tobar.

26:050:522:01 Topics in American Studies II: History of Urban Education, H 5:30-8:10PM, CPS-117, Diner, Email- sdiner@andromeda.rutgers.edu

Description: This course examines the history of urban education in the United States. It provides an historical foundation for understanding urban educational policy today. It is required for students in the PhD in Urban Systems, and open to students in the PhD in American Studies and the M.A. in History. Assigned readings explore the development of urban school systems in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; the rise of school reform movements and the development of urban educational policies designed to improve urban schools; the recruitment and training of urban school teachers; the role of race, immigration, ethnicity and class in educational performance; the rise of bureaucracy and scientific management; suburbanization and its effects on urban schools; desegregation and its impact; the effect of deindustrialization on urban schools; and the debate over  equity versus excellence. The course is taught as a colloquium, discussing an assigned book each week. Active participation in these discussions is required of all students. In addition, students will prepare a research paper based on secondary literature, and will present their findings orally during the last two weeks of the class. 


26:050:596:01 Advanced Individual Studies in Amer Studies. Hrs By Arr, Staff


26:050:597:01 Individual Research in American Studies. Hrs By Arr, Staff


26:050:598:01 MA Essay Ameican Studies. Hrs By Arr, Staff


26:050:619:01 Internship Amer. Studies. Hrs By Arr, Staff


26:050:702:01 Dissertation Research. Hrs By Arr, Staff


26:050:800:01 Matriculation Cont'd. Hrs By Arr, Staff


26:050:877:01 Teaching Assistant, Hrs By Arr, Staff


Relevant Courses in Other Departments

The following Spring 2013 courses has been identified as appropriate for students enrolling in the American Studies Program. See departmental listings for times, instructors and prerequisites.

21:352:350 The Vietnam War And American Literature - student must do extra work to get graduate credit

26:510:504  Narrative History: Non-Fiction Writing Workshop

26:510:532  American Diplomatic History: Media and American War Experience-Research Seminar

26:510:618  Seminar in Teaching History

To register for the following NJIT courses, simply complete a NJIT Cross Registration Form available at http://registrars.rutgers.edu/NW/NJIT-Cross RegForm2-16Apr2012.pdf and email it to history@neark.rutgers.edu.

48:510:634  Environmental History in No. America: US Environmental History-Reasearch Seminar  - NJIT Course

48:510:638 Social History of Communications - NJIT Course

26:561:502  Historiography II - especially for those who have had History I (but that's not absolutely required)

26:561:505  Grad Topics I: Songwriting - Absolutely requires the ability to write music. No exceptions!

26:561:506  Grad Topics II: Race and Jazz