Statement of Purpose


This course is designed to introduce students to both the field of American Studies and the use of computing technology for research, analysis, and electronic publication of materials related to an understanding of American culture.


The format of this course should, in some ways, seem usual and familiar: we will meet three times a week in Pavilion VIII, you will be asked to do a significant amount of reading and writing, and there will be something like a final examination. At the same time, I hope that, in many ways, it will seem quite unlike any course you've done before. Each of these projects will be posted on your HomePage by the dates indicated in the syllabus.

The larger objective of this semester's work is to prepare ourselves to continue the development of the 1930s site begun last year by MA98.