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American Studies


American Studies courses provide an interdisciplinary study of American life. These courses introduce students to a thematic framework of analysis of the American value system and popular culture.


American Studies 7
History of American Popular Culture

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This interdisciplinary course examines how popular culture contributes to the search for meaning in everyday American life. Various forms of popular culture including music, film, television, advertising, sports, fashion, design, toys, magazines, comic books, and cyber culture will be analyzed. Students will assess how American popular culture reveals historical forces at work that influence our lives.