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AMCON 202: Pursuits of Happiness, 1920-Present

Students in this course examine technology, the mass market and consumerism, and the increasingly complex relations between identity and material goods. They also explore the images, institutions, and stories of environmental, feminist, and Civil Rights activists in the context of Cold War America. Topics and texts range from Yosemite National Park and Japanese internment camps to Adrienne Rich's poetry and prose, Freedom Summer, Las Vegas, and the Mall of America. Offered annually in the spring semester. Counts toward American studies, race and ethnic studies, and women's and gender studies majors and management studies, race and ethnic studies, and women's and gender studies concentrations.
Prerequisite: AMCON 101, AMCON 102, and AMCON 201.

American Conversations

American Conversations is a learning community that introduces students in their first two years to the liberal arts through an integrated sequence of four courses. Over that time students pursue conversations that have shaped the history and culture of the United States and seek to live Thomas Jefferson’s dream that free and educated citizens should learn to understand what is going on in the world and to keep their part of it going right. Overview of the Program Like the college’s other conversations programs, American Conversations is open to students of all interests who like to read, discuss, write about ideas, and look at issues through the lenses of several disciplines at once. Each course combines the study of history, literature and other arts, race, ethnicity, and a variety of human and behavioral sciences to provide students with a starting point for gaining greater lifelong inquiry into American thought and values. One faculty member who teaches American Conversations remains with students through four courses in the sequence and teams with a second professor from a different area of study each semester. Students live in the same residence hall during their first year, enjoy some meals and special events together, and create a support system and learning community prior to the time when most students select a major.

American Studies

...1865 AMCON 102 Democratic Vistas, 1800-1900 AMCON 201 Remaking America, 1865-1945 AMCON 202...

Management Studies

...their varied learning experiences. Approved Elective Courses AMCON 202 Pursuits of Happiness, 1920-Present ART...

Media Studies

...approved when they have media-related content: AMCON 202 Pursuits of Happiness, 1920-Present AMST...

Race and Ethnic Studies

...Africa and the Americas: The Diaspora Experience AMCON 202 Pursuits of Happiness, 1920-Present (completion...