American Studies

413 Barnard Hall
212-854-5649
americanstudies.barnard.edu
Department Program Assistant: Kathryn McLean

American Studies Program

The Program in American Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the society and cultures of the United States. American Studies majors critically examine the changing narratives and practices of American life in a curriculum that emphasizes both historical breadth and theoretical depth.

Mission

The Program in American Studies is designed to teach students how to engage in the critical interdisciplinary study of United States cultures in both historical and transnational contexts.  Through lecture covering American history, literature, arts and culture, an intensive junior colloquium focusing on the theories and methods of American Studies archival research, a student-directed concentration and a culminating year-long senior thesis, the major aims to teach students to recognize, question and analyze American cultural practices in historical depth as well as as global breadth.

Student Learning Objectives

Barnard students graduating with a major in American Studies should be able to attain the following outcomes:

  1. Recognize the major events, peoples, and figures that shaped American history and culture.
  2. Discuss the varieties of American literature, in particular the contribution of each to the construction of American culture.
  3. Demonstrate a broad understanding of American culture and society and their complex inter-relationships.
  4. Identify the cultural influences that have shaped, and continue to shape, American society, including (but not limited to) art, politics, and religion.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the various theoretical methods that are used in at least two disciplines to study America.
  6. Construct a sustained argument in a piece of original scholarship.

As an American Studies major, you will have the opportunity to take courses in American history, literature and other related disciplines. In addition to the junior colloquium, you will work with your adviser to devise a four-course concentration organized around a topic (for example: immigration, migration and ethnicity) and a historical period (for example: Civil War and Reconstruction). This four-course cluster will serve as the intellectual foundation of your year-long senior thesis.

This program is supervised by the Committee on American Studies:

Director: Jennie Kassanoff (Associate Professor of English)
Professors:  Mark C. Carnes (History), Lynn Garafola (Dance), Lisa Gordis (English), Alfred Mac Adam (Spanish and Latin American Cultures), Robert A. McCaughey (History), Celia Naylor (History), Richard Pious (Political Science), Jonathan Rieder (Sociology), William Sharpe (English), Herbert Sloan (History), Neferti Tadiar (Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies), David Weiman (Economics), Alan Dye (Economics),
Associate Professors: Elizabeth Bernstein (Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies), Elizabeth Hutchinson (Art History), Kimberly S. Johnson (Political Science), Monica Miller (English),
Assistant Professors:Gergely Baics (History), Elizabeth Esch (History and American Studies), Severin Fowles (Anthropology), Peter Levin (Sociology)
Senior Associate:Katie Glasner (Dance)
Senior Lecturer:Pam Cobrin (English), Margaret Vandenburg (English)
Adjunct Professor: Nancy Woloch (History)
Director of the Center for Research on Women: Janet Jakobsen

Requirements for the Major

Points
Two semesters of the American History survey:
HIST BC1401
 - HIST BC1402
Survey of American Civilization to the Civil War
   and Survey of American Civilization Since the Civil War *
6
Two semesters of the American literature sequence:
Select one of the following:6
American Literature to 1800
   and American Literature, 1800-1870
American Literature, 1871-1945
   and American Literature since 1945
One course in any discipline that focuses on American culture before 1917. Examples include but are not limited to:
HIST BC3424Approached by Sea: Early American Maritime Culture3
AHIS BC3961Winslow Homer and American Realism4
Junior Colloquium:
AMST BC3401Colloquium in American Studies: Cultural Approaches to the American Past **4
Two semesters of the American Studies senior thesis seminar:
AMST BC3703
 - AMST BC3704
Senior Seminar
   and Senior Seminar
8
Select a four-course concentration organized around a theme and historical period (see below)
*

Majors are urged to complete this requirement by the sophomore year. This requirement may be waived for those with scores of 4 (waives one semester) or 5 (waives two semesters) on the Advanced Placement exam. Those students should substitute two upper-level American history courses, one that covers pre-Civil War material, and the other that covers post-Civil War material.

**

This course offers an introduction to the theoretical approaches of American Studies, as well as methods and materials used in the interdisciplinary study of American cultures and society.  Offered only in the fall. Students studying abroad in the fall of their junior year will be expected to take the colloquium in the fall of their senior year. 

Your Concentration

Themes

  • Gender and Race
  • Race
  • Class
  • Media and popular culture
  • Disability
  • Political theory and culture
  • Labor, production, and consumption
  • Transnational America
  • Natural and built environment
  • Family and kinship
  • Immigration, migration and ethnicity
  • Spirituality and belief
  • Proposed topic submitted via petition to the Chair

Historical Period

  • Aboriginal and Columbian period
  • Colonial, Revolutionary and Early Republic
  • Antebellum America
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • 1900-1945
  • 1945-present
  • Proposed time period submitted via petition to the Chair

Sample Concentration 1: Natural and Built Environment / 1900-1945

Points
ARCH V3114Making the Metropolis: Urban Design and Theories of the City since 18503
URBS V3830Eminent Domain and Neighborhood Change4
ENGL BC31843
HIST W3441Making of the Modern American Landscape3

Sample Concentration 2: Race / Civil War and Reconstruction

Points
AFRS BC3556Ethnography of Black America4
HIST BC3243The Constitution in Historical Perspective3
HIST W3432The United States In the Era of Civil War and Reconstruction3
AMST BC3300Topics in American Studies: The Wealth of Natives4

AMST BC1001 What is American Studies?. 3 points.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

What is America?  Who is American? How do we live in America?  This new lecture course will introduce you to the dynamic, inter-disciplinary field of American Studies.

Spring 2015: AMST BC1001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AMST 1001 001/03944 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Manu Vimalassery 3 15

AMST BC1510 The Profits of Race. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).

Does race appear in American life in the ways we make, distribute, and consume goods?  If so, how? Through film, literary criticism, history, ethnography and philosophy, this course will examine how race manifests as an economic relationship. We will focus on the legacies of chattel slavery, the interconnections of race and property, and ongoing struggles for racial justice. The course is grounded in what Cedric Robinson has referred to as the “Black radical tradition”: a centuries-long intellectual and political tradition oriented towards contesting the definition of a specific group of people (Black people) as property. We will examine ways that this central economic claim, which underpinned the chattel slavery system, continues to appear in our own society, in prisons, international migration system, residential segregation, underemployment, and other ways.

Fall 2014: AMST BC1510
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AMST 1510 001/04782 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
237 Milbank Hall
Manu Vimalassery 3 12

AMST BC3300 Topics in American Studies: The Wealth of Natives. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).

Indigenous people are often imagined in the distant past, or as living anachronisms in relation to contemporary life. Working against these assumptions, this course examines how Native peoples have survived colonialism, focusing on economic aspects of colonialism in North America. We will look at the long history of Native land struggles, and links between colonial economies and ecological destruction. Themes guiding our inquiry include: the development of wage labor, property law and economic production on Native lands, histories of political and economic dependency, "development" as defined and practiced over Native communities, and Native people's own economic choices. Our inquiry will be oriented towards deepening our ability to critically analyze the colonial situation we live in, and to see Indigenous survivals despite ongoing assaults against life and territory.

Fall 2014: AMST BC3300
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AMST 3300 001/09317 Th 12:00pm - 1:50pm
214 Milbank Hall
Manu Vimalassery 4 14

AMST BC3401 Colloquium in American Studies: Cultural Approaches to the American Past. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).

Introduction to the theoretical approaches of American Studies, as well as the methods and materials used in the interdisciplinary study of American society. Through close reading of a variety of texts (e.g., novels, films, essays), we will analyze the creation, maintenance, and transmission of cultural meaning within American society.

Fall 2014: AMST BC3401
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AMST 3401 001/01003 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
227 Milbank Hall
Jennie Kassanoff 4 14

AMST BC3703 Senior Seminar. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to senior majors.

Individual research on topic related to major thematic concentration and preparation of senior thesis.

Fall 2014: AMST BC3703
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AMST 3703 001/02181 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
409 Barnard Hall
Jennie Kassanoff 4 11
AMST 3703 002/00373 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
501 Milbank Hall
Manu Vimalassery 4 6

AMST BC3704 Senior Seminar. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to senior majors.

Individual research on topic related to major thematic concentration and preparation of senior thesis.

Spring 2015: AMST BC3704
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AMST 3704 001/01096 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Jennie Kassanoff 4 7
AMST 3704 002/00373 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Manu Vimalassery 4 8

AMST BC3999 Independent Research. 3-4 points.

Cross-Listed Courses

Africana Studies (Barnard)

AFRS BC2006 Introduction to the African Diaspora. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).

Interdisciplinary and thematic approach to the African diaspora in the Americas: its motivations, dimensions, consequences, and the importance and stakes of its study. Beginning with the contacts between Africans and the Portuguese in the 15th century, this class will open up diverse paths of inquiry as students attempt to answer questions, clear up misconceptions, and challenge assumptions about the presence of Africans in the 'New World.'

Spring 2015: AFRS BC2006
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AFRS 2006 001/07625 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Michael Ralph 3 21

AFRS BC3110 (Section 1) Africana Colloquium: Critical Race Theory. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).

Prerequisites: Students must attend first day of class and admission will be decided then. Enrollment limited to 18 students. Priority will be given to Africana majors and CCIS students (Africana Studies, American Studies and Women's Studies majors; minors in Race and Ethnic Studies). General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).

  Students will examine the origins and development of race-thinking in the Anglo‑American world with a particular focus on representation and reading practices.  Our conversations will draw upon a number of articulations of race theory, including specific post-1980s Critical Race Theory. The course examines "race" narratives as well as critical readings on race from psychoanalytic, post‑colonial, feminist, and critical legal perspectives. These readings will be framed by several interlocking questions:  how does representation both respond to and influence socioeconomic conditions? What is the relationship of race to color, ethnicity, and nation? How does race interact with other categories such as class, sexuality and gender?   What cultural work is performed by racial definitions and categories such as hybridity and purity?

Fall 2014: AFRS BC3110 (Section 1)
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AFRS 3110 001/06842 T 6:10pm - 8:00pm
404 Barnard Hall
Kim F Hall 4 14/18

AFRS BC3110 (Section 2) Africana Colloquium: Diasporas of the Indian Ocean. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

The Indian Ocean has been called the cradle of globalization. We consider the Indian Ocean and east African diasporas and their aesthetic histories by engaging literary and other cultural exchanges (including film, visual arts, music, and dance). This course considers the overlapping transnational vectors that have characterized Indian Ocean history and we do so specifically through questions about the creation of diasporic public space and cultural memory, while also considering material cultures. We ask, for example, how the lived experience is recorded within those long histories of trade and imperialism. We engage with memoirs, epistles, newspapers, music and performance. We turn to archives, contemporary novels, memoir and song, dance and other visual arts to read how they chronicle and transmit cultural memory. We focus on: Durban (South Africa), Bombay (India), Zanzibar (Tanzania) and the Mascarenes (Port Louis in Mauritius and Saint Denis in La Reunion) and the Seychelles. This year, our course will be taught simultaneously between Barnard in New York and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Students from both campuses will be encouraged to interact electronically and to establish a blog and website. The course will also have live-streamed guest speakers from chosen sites around the Indian Ocean. Because of time zones, we have chosen the most practical times (Cape Town is six, then seven hours ahead of New York). How does this influence the course methodology? Come and find out.

AFRS BC3120 History of African-American Music. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).
Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Survey interrogates the cultural and aesthetic development of a variety of interconnected musical genres - such as blues, jazz, gospel, soul, funk, R&B, hip-hop, classical and their ever changing same/names - viewed as complex human activities daringly danced at dangerous discourses inside and outside the American cultural mainstreams.

AFRS BC3121 Black Women in America. 4 points.

Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: Students must attend first day of class and admission will be decided then. Priority will be given to CCIS students (Africana Studies, American Studies and Women's Studies majors; minors in Race and Ethnic Studies). Enrollment limited to 20 students. \n \nGeneral Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).

  Examines the roles of black women in the U.S. as thinkers, activists and creators during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Focusing on the intellectual work, social activism and cultural expression of African American women, we examine how they understood their lives, resisted oppression and struggled to change society. We will also discuss theoretical frameworks (such as "double jeopardy," or "intersectionality") developed for the study of black women. The seminar will encourage students to pay particular attention to the diversity of black women and critical issues facing Black women today. This course is the same as WMST BC3121.

Anthropology (Barnard)

ANTH V2005 The Ethnographic Imagination. 3 points.

Discussion Section Required

Introduction to the theory and practice of ethnography, the intensive study of peoples' lives as shaped by social relations, cultural images, and historical forces. The course consists of critical reading of various kinds of texts (classic ethnographies, histories, journalism, novels, and films) and of the ways in which understanding, interpreting, and representing the lived words of people, at home or abroad, in one place or transnationally, and in the past or the present, can be accomplished.

Spring 2015: ANTH V2005
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ANTH 2005 001/17107 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Rosalind Morris 3 40

ANTH V3040 Anthropological Theory I. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).
Enrollment limited to 30.

Prerequisites: Required of all Barnard Anthropology majors; open to other students with instructor's permission only. * To be taken in conjunction with ANTH V3041, preferably in sequence.

First of a two semester sequence intended to introduce departmental majors to key readings in social theory that have been constitutive of the rise and contemporary practice of modern anthropology. The goal is to understand historical and current intellectual debates within the discipline. 

Fall 2014: ANTH V3040
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ANTH 3040 001/09257 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
324 Milbank Hall
Sarah Muir 4 20/30

ANTH V3041 Anthropological Theory II. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).
Enrollment limited to 40.

Prerequisites: Required of all Barnard Anthropology majors; open to other students with instructor's permission only.

The second of a two semester sequence intended to introduce departmental majors to key readings in social theory that have been constitutive of the rise and contemporary practice of modern anthropology. The goal is to understand historical and current intellectual debates within the discipline. To be taken in conjunction with ANTH V3040, preferably in sequence. 

Spring 2015: ANTH V3041
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ANTH 3041 001/05821 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Nadia Abu El-Haj 4 24/40

ANTH V3300 Pre-Columbian Histories of Native America. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement
Enrollment limited to 40.

This course explores 10,000 years of the North American archaeological record, bringing to light the unwritten histories of Native Americans prior to European contact. Detailed consideration of major pre-Columbian sites is interwoven with the insight of contemporary native peoples to provide both a scientific and humanist reconstruction of the past.

Spring 2015: ANTH V3300
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ANTH 3300 001/09444 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Adam Watson 3 40/40

ANTH BC3868 Ethnographic Field Research in New York City. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).

Prerequisites: Recommended for majors prior to the senior year. Open to non-majors by permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.

A seminar-practicum on field research in New York City. Exploration of anthropological field research methods followed by supervised individual field research on selected topics in urban settings.

ANTH V3907 Posthumanism. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).

Explores what a post-human anthropology might look like. Readings draw from anthropology, actor-network theory, science studies, media studies, and science fiction.

ANTH V3950 Anthropology of Consumption. 4 points.

Enrollment limited to 20.Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

Examines theories and ethnographies of consumption, as well as the political economy of production and consumption. Compares historic and current consumptive practices, compares exchange-based economies with post-Fordist economies. Engages the work of Mauss, Marx, Godelier, Baudrillard, Appadurai, and Douglas, among others. 

ANTH V3954 Bodies and Machines: Anthropologies of Technology. 4 points.

Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

Examines how bodies become mechanized and machines embodied. Studies shifts in the status of the human under conditions of capitalist commodification and mass mediation. Readings consist of works on the fetish, repetition and automaticity, reification, and late modern technoprosthesis.

ANTH V3960 The Culture of Public Art and Display In New York City. 4 points.

Enrollment limited to 16.Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: Students must sign-up in the Anthropology Department prior to registering for this course.

A field course and seminar considering the aesthetic, political, and sociocultural aspects of selected city museums, public spaces, and window displays.

ANTH V3966 Culture and Mental Health. 4 points.

Enrollment limited to 20.Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission. Limited to juniors & seniors.

This course considers mental disturbance and its relief by examining historical, anthropological, psychoanalytic and psychiatric notions of self, suffering, and cure. After exploring the ways in which conceptions of mental suffering and abnormality are produced, we look at specific kinds of psychic disturbances and at various methods for their alleviation. 

ANTH V3969 Specters of Culture. 4 points.

Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

Pursues the spectral effects of culture in the modern. Traces the ghostly remainders of cultural machineries, circuitries of voice, and representational forms crucial to modern discourse networks through a consideration of anthropologically significant, primarily nonwestern sites and various domains of social creation - performance, ritual practice, narrative production, and technological invention. 

ANTH V3974 Lost Worlds, Secret Spaces: Modernity and the Child. 4 points.

Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

Examines the figure of the child in modernity. Study of children and the delineation of a special time called childhood have been crucial to the modern imagination; for example, the child tended to be assimilated to the anthropological notion to the "primitive" (and vice versa), with repercussions ranging from psychoanalysis to painting, from philosophy to politics. Engages the centrality of the child through interdisciplinary readings in anthropology, history, children's literature, art criticism, educational theory, and psychology.

ANTH V3976 Anthropology and Science. 4 points.

Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

ANTH V3980 Nationalism. 4 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission. Intended for seniors, but not necessarily anthropology majors.

This course will cover the basic readings in the contemporary debate over nationalism. It will cover different disciplinary approaches and especially look at recent studies of nationalism in the formerly colonial world as well as in the industrial West. The readings will offer a mix of both theoretical and empirical studies. The readings include the following: 1) Eric Hobsbawm's Nationalism since 1780; 2) Ernest Gillner's Nations and Nationalism; 3) Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities; 4) Anthony Smith's The Ethnic Origins of Nations; 5) Linda Coley's Britons; 6) Peter Sahlins's Boundaries; and 7) Partha Chatterjee's The Nation and Its Fragments

Fall 2014: ANTH V3980
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ANTH 3980 001/64289 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Partha Chatterjee 4 16

Architecture (Barnard)

ARCH V3114 Making the Metropolis: Urban Design and Theories of the City since 1850. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Introduces the project of understanding modern cities, focusing on theories, practices and examples in Europe and North America since 1850. The global reach of Euro-American ideas will also be examined. There are two primary goals: to investigate diverse strategies of urban development and to evaluate the social implications of built form. Course material includes built projects as well as unbuilt and theoretical work, all of which shaped how architects and planners interpreted the city.

Comparative Literature (Barnard)

CLIA V3660 Mafia Movies: From Sicily to The Sopranos. 3 points.

Examines representations of the mafia in American and Italian film and literature.  Special attention to questions of ethnic identity and immigration.  Comparison of the different histories and myths of the mafia in the U.S. and Italy.  Readings include novels, historical studies, and film criticism.

Spring 2015: CLIA V3660
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLIA 3660 001/01766 W 6:10pm - 10:00pm
Room TBA
Nelson Moe 3 30

CPLS V3950 Colloquium in Literary Theory. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 18.

Examination of concepts and assumptions present in contemporary views of literature. Theory of meaning and interpretation (hermeneutics); questions of genre (with discussion of representative examples); a critical analysis of formalist, psychoanalytic, structuralist, post-structuralist, Marxist, and feminist approaches to literature.

Spring 2015: CPLS V3950
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CPLS 3950 001/02345 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Masha Mimran 4 11

Dance (Barnard)

DNCE BC2565 World Dance History. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Investigates the multicultural perspectives of dance in major areas of culture, including African, Asian, Hispanic, Indian, Middle Eastern, as well as dance history of the Americas through reading, writing, viewing, and discussion of a wide range of resources. These include film, original documents, demonstration, and performance.

Spring 2015: DNCE BC2565
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
DNCE 2565 001/06751 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Uttara Coorlawala 3 41

DNCE BC2570 Dance in New York City. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Study of the cultural roots and historical contexts of specific communities using New York City's dance scene as a laboratory. Students observe the social environments in which various modes of dance works are created while researching the history of dance in New York City. Course includes attendance at weekly events, lecture-demonstrations, and performances.

Fall 2014: DNCE BC2570
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
DNCE 2570 001/03542 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
302 Barnard Hall
Marjorie Folkman 3 35
DNCE 2570 002/04251 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
302 Barnard Hall
Kate Glasner 3 29
Spring 2015: DNCE BC2570
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
DNCE 2570 001/08372 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Siobhan Burke 3 56

DNCE BC2575 Choreography for the American Musical. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Prerequisites: Suggested DNCE BC2560, BC2566, BC2570

Explores the history and evolution of American Musical Theater dance, a uniquely American art form, with special focus on the period known as "The Golden Era." Analysis of the genre's most influential choreographers (including Balanchine, de Mille, Robbins), their systems, methodologies and fusion of high and low art on the commerical stages.

DNCE BC2580 Tap as an American Art Form. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Prerequisites: DNCE BC1446 or equivalent experience.

Studio/lecture format focuses on tap technique, repertory, improvisation, and the development of tap explored through American history, jazz music, films, videos, and biographies.

DNCE BC3001 Western Theatrical Dance from the Renaissance to the 1960s. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Focuses on the history of theatre dance forms originating in Europe and America from the Renaissance to the present. Includes reading, writing, viewing, and discussion of sources such as film, text, original documentation, demonstration, and performance.

Fall 2014: DNCE BC3001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
DNCE 3001 001/02201 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
409 Barnard Hall
Lynn Garafola 3 21

DNCE BC3570 Latin American and Caribbean Dance: Identities in Motion. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Examines the history and choreographic features of Latin American and Caribbean dance forms. Dances are analyzed in order to uncover the ways in which dancing shapes national, racial, and gender identities. Focuses on the globalization of these dances in New York City.

DNCE BC3574 Inventing the Contemporary: Dance Since the 1960s. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Explores modern/contemporary dance in the United States and Europe since the 1960's. Major units are devoted to the Judson Dance Theater and its postmodernist aftermath, Tanztheater and European dance revisionism, and African-American dance and the articulation of an aesthetic of cultural hybridity.

DNCE BC3578 Traditions of African-American Dance. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Traces the development of African-American dance, emphasizing the contribution of black artists and the influence of black traditions on American theatrical dance. Major themes include the emergence of African-American concert dance, the transfer of vernacular forms to the concert stage, and issues of appropriation, cultural self-identification, and artistic hybridity.

DNCE BC3583 Gender and Historical Memory in American Dance of the 1930's to the Early 1960's. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Prerequisites: One course in dance history/studies or permission of the instructor.

Explores the question of why so many women dancer/choreographers of the 1930's - to the early 1960's, including relatively well-known ones, have ended up as peripheral rather than central players in what has become the master narrative of a crucial era of the recent dance past. 

DNCE BC3980 Performing the Political: Embodying Change in American Performance. 4 points.

Prerequisites: An introductory course in dance or theatre history or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 12 students.

Exploration into the politics of performance and the performance of politics through the lens of 20th-century American dance.

Economics (Barnard)

ECON BC2010 The Economics of Gender. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).

Examination of gender differences in the U.S. and other advanced industrial economies. Topics include the division of labor between home and market, the relationship between labor force participation and family structure, the gender earnings gap, occupational segregation, discrimination, and historical, racial, and ethnic group comparisons.

Spring 2015: ECON BC2010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ECON 2010 001/04161 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Homa Zarghamee 3 211/200

ECON BC3011 Inequality and Poverty. 3 points.

Prerequisites: ECON BC3035 or ECON BC3033, or permission of the instructor.

Conceptualization and measurement of inequality and poverty, poverty traps and distributional dynamics, economics and politics of public policies, in both poor and rich countries.

Fall 2014: ECON BC3011
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ECON 3011 001/09446 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
328 Milbank Hall
Ashley Timmer 3 47

ECON BC3012 Economics of Education. 3 points.

Prerequisites: ECON BC3035 and ECON BC2411 or permission of the instructor.

Analyzes education policies and education markets from an economic perspective. Examines challenges that arise when researchers attempt to identify the causal effects of inputs. Other topics: (1) education as an investment, (2) public school finance, (3) teacher labor markets, (4) testing/accountability programs, (5) school choice programs, and (6) urban public school reforms.

Fall 2014: ECON BC3012
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ECON 3012 001/04244 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Ll104 Diana Center
Randall Reback 3 23

ECON BC3013 Economic History of the United States. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).

Prerequisites: ECON BC3035 or ECON BC3033, or permission of the instructor.

Economic transformation of the United States from a small, open agrarian society in the late colonial era to the leading industrial economy of the 20th century. Emphasis is given to the quantitative, institutional, and spatial dimensions of economic growth, and the relationship between the changing structures of the economy and state.

Spring 2015: ECON BC3013
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ECON 3013 001/02981 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Andrew Bossie 3 64

ECON BC3019 Labor Economics. 3 points.

Prerequisites: ECON BC3035, or permission of the instructor.

Factors affecting the allocation and remuneration of labor; population structure; unionization and monopsony; education and training, mobility and information; sex and race discrimination; unemployment; and public policy.

ECON V3265 The Economics of Money and Banking. 3 points.

Prerequisites: ECON BC3033 and ECON BC3035 or the equivalent.

Introduction to the principles of money and banking. The intermediary institutions of the American economy and their historical developments, current issues in monetary and financial reform.

Fall 2014: ECON V3265
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ECON 3265 001/05362 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
202 Altschul Hall
Perry Mehrling 3 124
Spring 2015: ECON V3265
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ECON 3265 001/73755 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Jennifer La'O 3 110/110

Education (Barnard)

EDUC BC2032 Contemporary Issues in Education. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).

Prerequisites: Open to all students, preference given to Urban Teaching, Ed Studies and Urban Studies. Enrollment limited to 12 students for each section. Permission of instructor required.

Contemporary Issues in Education is an introduction to the range of intellectual dilemmas that are a part of American schooling through the illumination of the various social, philosophical, economic, and institutional forces that shape the learning environment. The topics serve to promote critical thought of educational dilemmas stemming from issues such as power and authority, the intersection of race, gender, socio-economic inequity, and challenges that confront students such as identity, marginalization and resiliency. This course is open to all students interested in investigating one’s best “fit” in the education realm, which may include classroom teaching, educational policy, reform, and NGO-based involvement.

Fall 2014: EDUC BC2032
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EDUC 2032 001/06162 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
502 Diana Center
Linda Cole-Taylor 4 19
Spring 2015: EDUC BC2032
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EDUC 2032 001/06110 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Linda Cole-Taylor 4 22
EDUC 2032 002/06405 T 11:00am - 12:50pm
Room TBA
Linda Cole-Taylor 4 24

EDUC BC3050 Science in the City. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

In partnership with the American Museum of Natural History students investigate science, science pedagogical methods, and ways to use New York City as a resource for science teaching and learning. Sessions will be held at Barnard and the museum. Field trips and fieldwork required. Non-science majors pre-service elementary students and first year students, welcome. Note: Students in the Childhood Urban Teaching Program may use this course as a second foundations course. 

Spring 2015: EDUC BC3050
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EDUC 3050 001/04696 Th 4:30pm - 6:20pm
Room TBA
Maria Rivera Maulucci 4 10

English (Barnard)

ENGL BC3129 Explorations of Black Literature: Early African-American Lit. 1760-1890. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 18 students. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups

Poetry, prose, fiction, and nonfiction, with special attention to the slave narrative. Includes Wheatley, Douglass, and Jacobs, but emphasis will be on less familiar writers such as Brown, Harper, Walker, Wilson, and Forten. Works by some 18th-century precursors will also be considered.

Fall 2014: ENGL BC3129
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3129 001/08519 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
403 Barnard Hall
Quandra Prettyman 3 9

ENGL BC3130 The American Cowboy and the Iconography of the West. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 14 students.

We will consider the image and role of the cowboy in fiction, social history, film, music, and art. Readings will include Cormac McCarthy's "The Border Trilogy.

Spring 2015: ENGL BC3130
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3130 001/00434 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Margaret Ellsberg 3 14/14

ENTH BC3144 Black Theatre. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 16 students. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups

Exploration in Black Theatre, specifically African-American performance traditions, as an intervening agent in racial, cultural and national identity. African-American theater artists to be examined include Amiri Baraka, Kia Corthron, W.E.B. Du Bois, Angelina Grimke, Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Adrienne Kennedy, Suzan-Lori Parks, Adrian Piper and August Wilson. (Also listed as AFRS 3144.)

ENGL BC3179 American Literature to 1800. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.
Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Early American histories, autobiographies, poems, plays, and novels tell stories of pilgrimage and colonization; private piety and public life; the growth of national identity; Puritanism, Quakerism, and Deism; courtship and marriage; slavery and abolition. Writers include Bradford, Shepard, Bradstreet, Taylor, Rowlandson, Edwards, Wheatley, Franklin, Woolman, and Brown.

ENGL BC3180 American Literature, 1800-1870. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).

Texts from the late Republican period through the Civil War explore the literary implications of American independence, the representation of Native Americans, the nature of the self, slavery and abolition, gender and woman's sphere, and the Civil War. Writers include Irving, Emerson, Poe, Fuller, Thoreau, Douglass, Stowe, Jacobs, Whitman, and Dickinson.

Spring 2015: ENGL BC3180
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3180 001/04294 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Lisa Gordis 3 35

ENGL BC3181 American Literature, 1871-1945. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).

American literature in the context of cultural and historical change. Writers include Twain, James, DuBois, Wharton, Cather, Wister, Faulkner, Hurston.

Fall 2014: ENGL BC3181
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3181 001/02341 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
328 Milbank Hall
Jennie Kassanoff 3 28

ENGL BC3182 American Fiction. 3 points.

Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

American fiction from the 18th to the early 20th centuries.  Writers include Rowson, Hawthorne, Melville, Alcott, Twain, James, Wharton, Faulkner, Wright.

ENGL BC3183 American Literature since 1945. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 40 students.

This course presents a survey of American fiction, literary and cultural criticism since 1945, with special attention paid to interrogating the concept of "Americanness" as both a subject for fiction and as a category around which "canon" formation takes place. Topics and questions we will consider include: Is there a "great" contemporary American novel? What does/would it look like and who decides? Are there recognizable "American" characters, genres, aesthetics, subjects? Authors may include Bellow, Ellison, Nabokov, Kerouac, Didion, Pynchon, and Morrison.

Spring 2015: ENGL BC3183
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3183 001/00217 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Monica Miller 3 40/40

ENGL BC3196 Home to Harlem: Literature of the Harlem Renaissance. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).

Explores the cultural contexts and aesthetic debates surrounding the Harlem or New Negro literary renaissance, 1920-30s. Through fiction, poetry, essays, and artwork, topics considered include: modernism, primitivism, patronage, passing and the problematics of creating racialized art in/for a community comprised of differences in gender, class, sexuality, and geographical origin.

Fall 2014: ENGL BC3196
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3196 001/04371 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
302 Barnard Hall
Monica Miller 3 38/40

ENGL BC3997 (Section 1) Senior Seminars: Home & Away: Encounters With the Self in Other Places. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.

This course draws upon a range of narrative forms, official and archival materials, film and other visual arts and record to consider how explorers, colonial settlers and officials, colonized peoples, refugees and migrants articulate the encounter between what they think they know of themselves and what they are forced to confront in themselves when away from home, or when home is disrupted by strangers who arrive with sets of presumptions and assumptions that become law and policy. Our readings will engage questions about dominance, resistance, hegemony and narration.

Fall 2014: ENGL BC3997 (Section 1)
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3997 001/06130 Th 11:00am - 12:50pm
403 Barnard Hall
Yvette Christianse 4 12

ENGL BC3997 (Section 2) Senior Seminars: John Donne. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.

This course is devoted to one of the greatest writers of love poetry and devotional poetry, John Donne His intense, witty writing has had a long afterlife, influencing writers from George Herbert and John Suckling (in the seventeenth century) to Coleridge in the nineteenth)  to T.S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, Anthony Hecht, and A. S. Byatt (in the twentieth).  We will read Donne’s poetry (The Songs and Sonets, and Holy Sonnets and other poems)—his exploration of sex and love, death and God, doubt and faith-- but also his later Devotions, his prose meditations  on his near-fatal sickness, a text still relevant as he struggles to understand the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of illness.  We also will read “friends” of Donne—other writers who have been influenced by Donne, and whose writing is in conversation with him.  Among those we might read are:  George Herbert (along with Donne, the best seventeenth-century writer of religious lyrics),  other seventeenth-century poets taken by Donne’s erotic poetry (Suckling, Rochester, both of whom tend towards the obscene), a few poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Hass, late twentieth-century plays Wallace Shawn (The Designated Mourner) and Margaret Edson (Wit)--plays that “stage” Donne in different ways);  A. S. Byatt’s novel Possession.   We can’t cover all these in the senior seminar, but this list gives an idea of the rich possibilities of the topic.  The course aims to get students to understand Donne’s poetry, and have a sense of how later writers have understood Donne and been in conversation with him.

Fall 2014: ENGL BC3997 (Section 2)
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3997 002/01133 T 11:00am - 12:50pm
102 Sulzberger Annex
Achsah Guibbory 4 11

ENGL BC3997 (Section 3) Senior Seminars: Poets & Correspondences. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.

How do poets' letters inform our understanding of their poetry? From the eighteenth to the twentieth century, poets have used their intimate correspondence to "baffle absence," as Coleridge remarked. This course will examine the ways several masters of the letter (including Cowper, Keats, Dickinson, Eliot, Bishop, and Lowell, among others) shaped their prose to convey spontaneity in paradoxically artful ways, illuminating their major work as poets and making the private letter a literary form in its own right.

Fall 2014: ENGL BC3997 (Section 3)
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3997 003/01676 W 9:00am - 10:50am
306 Milbank Hall
Saskia Hamilton 4 11

ENGL BC3997 (Section 4) Senior Seminars: Charles Dickens. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.

Charles Dickens: the life, the works, the legend, in as much detail as we can manage in one semester.  Reading will include Pickwick Papers, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Bleak House, and selections from his friend John Forster's Life of Charles Dickens, as well as other works to be chosen by the class.  Special emphasis will be given to Dickens's literary style and genius for characterization, in the context of Victorian concerns about money, class, gender, and the role of art in an industrializing society.  Students will be expected to share in creating the syllabus, presenting new material, and leading class discussion.  Be prepared to do a LOT of reading--all of it great!--plus weekly writing on Courseworks.

Fall 2014: ENGL BC3997 (Section 4)
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3997 004/05804 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
404 Barnard Hall
William Sharpe 4 12

ENGL BC3997 (Section 5) Senior Seminars Studies in Literature: Masterpieces. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.

In light of grand narratives and their discontents, this course questions whether tragic inevitability is really inevitable.  Authors include Aeschylus, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Stoppard, Barthelme, Baldwin, Didion, Coetzee, Robinson, Kincaid, Rushdie, Bishop, and Hejinian.

Fall 2014: ENGL BC3997 (Section 5)
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3997 005/03064 W 11:00am - 12:50pm
407 Barnard Hall
Margaret Vandenburg 4 6

ENGL BC3997 (Section 6) Senior Seminars:. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.

In 1855, Nathaniel Hawthorne complained that American publishing was "wholly given over to a d--d mob of scribbling women," and that he could not hope to compete with women writers for popularity or sales.  Yet Hawthorne's texts were canonized as American classics, while texts by nineteenth-century women writers were largely ignored by the academy until late in the twentieth century.  This course considers a variety of texts by nineteenth-century American women, including novels, short fiction, poetry, and journalism. We'll consider women's writing and women's reading through a variety of lenses, including domesticity and women's sphere, political action and suffrage, the economics of writing and publishing, sentimentality and anger, and canon formation and literary merit.  Authors include Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Louisa May Alcott, Fanny Fern, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Susan Warner, Harriet Jacobs, Elizabeth Drew Stoddard, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Nellie Bly, and Emily Dickinson.

Fall 2014: ENGL BC3997 (Section 6)
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3997 006/03692 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
102 Sulzberger Annex
Lisa Gordis 4 8

ENGL BC3998 (Section 1) Senior Seminars: On Happiness. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.

Concepts of happiness as they apply to various novels and novellas from the 18th century to the present.

Spring 2015: ENGL BC3998 (Section 1)
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3998 001/04353 M 12:00pm - 1:50pm
Room TBA
Maire Jaanus 4 10

ENGL BC3998 (Section 2) Senior Seminars: The Family in Fiction & Film: The Poetics of Growing Up. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors or Barnard senior Film majors. Priority given to Barnard Film majors and English majors with a Film concentration.

This course is designed to generate fresh takes on the family and on its multitude of representations, and to help each of you toward a thesis topic that is vital and has urgency for you. We will look closely at novels, memoirs and films that center on the child in the home, adult children and siblings, and at styles of parenting, from Salinger's Glass family to Hirokazu Koreeda's Yokoyama family. The operations of narrative, memory, imagination and play will interface with considerations of family psychodynamics (by way of readings in psychoanalysis) and the social history of this complex and polymorphous institution. Authors include Gaston Bachelard, Alison Bechdel, Jonathan Franzen. Vivian Gornick, Lorraine Hansberry, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Arthur Miller, J.D. Salinger, Tennessee Williams, D.W. Winnicott, Richard Yates; films by Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach, Ingmar Bergmann, Lance Hammer, Azazel Jacobs, Tamara Jenkins, Elia Kazan, Ang Lee, Andrei Zvyagintsev and others.

Spring 2015: ENGL BC3998 (Section 2)
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3998 002/02320 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Maura Spiegel 4 10

ENGL BC3998 (Section 3) Senior Seminars: Sense and Disability. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.

American narratives of disability at the turn of the twentieth century with special attention to gender, race, class, technology and law. Authors include L. Frank Baum, Helen Keller, Booker T. Washington, Henry James, Ernest Hemingway and Eudora Welty.

Spring 2015: ENGL BC3998 (Section 3)
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3998 003/02193 T 11:00am - 12:50pm
Room TBA
Jennie Kassanoff 4 9

ENGL BC3998 (Section 4) Senior Seminars: Words and Pictures: The Intersection of Literary and Visual Art. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.

In this class we will explore literary texts that focus on visual experience, especially painting and sculpture. What kinds of questions do these texts raise about the nature of aesthetic experience? How does what we mean by aesthetic experience change through time? Our readings will range from ancient to modern: Homer, Ovid, Catullus, Chaucer, Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Diderot, Balzac, Zola, Woolf, Sebald, among others. We will also read widely in the history of aesthetic philosophy and critical theory.

Spring 2015: ENGL BC3998 (Section 4)
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3998 004/01763 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Rachel Eisendrath 4 7

ENGL BC3998 (Section 5) Senior Seminars: Romance. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.

Romance is the most persistent and widespread kind of writing in the west, from high culture to low, from Shakespeare to the grocery store checkout line, yet it fits awkwardly into the critical modes we encounter in the university. This seminar explores the form from antiquity to recent film, including Ovid's Metamorphoses, medieval romance, Spenser's Faerie Queene, Shakespeare's Winter's Tale, Aphra Behn's Oroonoko, and the film Priscilla Queen of the Desert. One brief paper (two to three pages) per week in the first six weeks of term, followed by a substantial seminar paper on a text of each student's choosing.

Spring 2015: ENGL BC3998 (Section 5)
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3998 005/06866 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Christopher Baswell 4 6

ENGL BC3998 (Section 6) Senior Seminars: Gender, Sexuality and the American Stage: Performing the Body Politic. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.

This seminar investigates how American theatre/performance, as read through the lens of gender and sexuality, operates as a cultural force. Simply put, the U.S. is obsessed with sex; theatre/performance has proven a fertile medium for America's expression of this obsession. Exploring texts from the seventeenth through the twenty-first centuries, we will consider how performance intersects with the nation state's desire to regulate how we "practice" gender both publicly and behind closed doors. How is performance, which always includes gendered/raced/classed/sexualized bodies, situated in relationship to ideas of a national body politic? How does the American nation state hinge on how gender and sexuality are performed both on-stage and off? Authors include John Winthrop, Dion Boucicualt, Lillian Hellman, Tennessee Williams, David Henry Hwang, Michel Foucault, Jose Munoz, Jill Dolan, Suzan-Lori Parks, Holly Hughes, Tony Kushner, Lisa Kron, Margaret Cho and performance groups Split Britches, Five Lesbian Brothers, Pomo Afro Homos.

Spring 2015: ENGL BC3998 (Section 6)
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3998 006/04674 Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Room TBA
Pamela Cobrin 4 9

Environmental Science (Barnard)

EESC BC3040 Environmental Law. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).

Process-oriented introduction to the law and its use in environmental policy and decision-making. Origins and structure of the U.S. legal system. Emphasis on litigation process and specific cases that elucidate the common law and toxic torts, environmental administrative law, and environmental regulation through application and testing of statutory law in the courts. Emphasis also on the development of legal literacy, research skills, and writing. 

Spring 2015: EESC BC3040
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EESC 3040 001/06952 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Peter Bower 3 37

Human Rights Studies (Barnard)

HRTS BC1025 Human Rights in Theory and Practice. 3 points.

Provides a broad overview of the rapidly expanding field of human rights. Lectures on the philosophical, historical, legal and institutional foundations are interspersed with weekly presentations by frontline advocates from the U.S. and overseas.

Spring 2015: HRTS BC1025
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HRTS 1025 001/05170 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
J. Paul Martin 3 49/55

HRTS V3001 Introduction To Human Rights. 3 points.

International human rights is a powerful idea in our time, but also the focus of numerous controversies: it not only embodies a set of ideals but also functions as a political tool, which different forces try to bend to their own ends. The result of this struggle is a process of norm contestation and norm change that the course seeks to understand. The course looks at the laws and institutions that define human rights as an international regime, in the context of key intellectual controversies and political puzzles surrounding human rights theory and practice. It discusses how human rights norms change, and it analyzes some of the challenges of contemporary human rights advocacy.

Fall 2014: HRTS V3001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HRTS 3001 001/27287 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
501 Schermerhorn Hall
Andrew Nathan 3 115/130

History (Barnard)

HIST BC1402 Survey of American Civilization Since the Civil War. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).

Examines the major intellectual and social accommodations made by Americans to industrialization and urbanization; patterns of political thought from Reconstruction to the New Deal; selected topics on post-World War II developments.

Spring 2015: HIST BC1402
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 1402 001/02332 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Premilla Nadasen 3 43

HIST BC3413 The United States, 1940-1975. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).
Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Emphasis on foreign policies as they pertain to the Second World War, the atomic bomb, containment, the Cold War, Korea, and Vietnam. Also considers major social and intellectual trends, including the Civil Rights movement, the counterculture, feminism, Watergate, and the recession of the 1970s.

HIST BC3424 Approached by Sea: Early American Maritime Culture. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).
Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Thematically and chronologically ordered narrative of the impact of the Atlantic Ocean and its tidal tributaries upon the beginnings and subsequent development of the American colonies and of the Early American Republic. Special stress will be placed upon the physical givens and cultural implications of the coastal environment in which early Americans went about their lives.

Music

MUSI V2010 Rock. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Prerequisite: HUMA W1123 or the equivalent. Historical survey of rock music from its roots in the late 1940s to the present day.

MUSI V2016 Jazz. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

The musical and cultural features of jazz, beginning in 1900. 

Spring 2015: MUSI V2016
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 2016 001/74925 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Christopher Washburne 3 73/104

MUSI V2020 Salsa, Soca, and Reggae: Popular Musics of the Caribbean. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART)., CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

A survey of the major syncretic urban popular music styles of the Caribbean, exploring their origins, development, and sociocultural context. 

MUSI V3420 The Social Science of Music. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Prerequisites: HUMA W1123 or the equivalent.

An introduction to the field of ethnomusicology in the context of the intellectual history of music scholarship.  IN FALL 2011, THIS COURSE WILL BE OFFERED TR 6:10-7:25 IN RM 622 DODGE.

MUSI W4420 Music and Property. 0 points.

Prerequisites: Approval of the instructor.

        This courses raises the questions 1) What does it mean to "own" music? 1) In what senses can music be conceptualized as "property?" How do divergent understandings of music's status as "property" shape contemporary debates and discourses in the particular areas of disputes over "illegal downloading" of copyrighted music and the "repatriation" of Native American musical recordings as "cultural property?" Several relevant major recent statements will be considered and responses discussed. Case studies from ethnomusicological, anthropological, media studies and legal literatures engage issues of appropriation, the role of new technologies in shifting the terrain of musical ownership will be studied. Hands-on look at the Columbia Center for Ethnomusicology's ongoing projects to repatriate historic recordings of Native American music (currently 'owned' by Columbia University) to the Navajo and Iñupiat tribes.

MUSI W4507 The New Thing": Jazz 1955-1980. 0 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

An examination of the new jazz that emerged shortly after the middle of the 20th century.  The seminar will include the work of musicians such as Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Anthony Braxton, Carla Cley, Albert Ayler, and the Arts Ensemble of Chicago; the economics and politics of the period; parallel developments in other arts; the rise of new performance spaces, recording companies, and collectives; and the accomplishments of the music and the problems it raised for jazz performance and criticism.

MUSI W4540 Histories of Post-1960's Jazz. 3 points.

Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: HUMA W1123 or the equivalent.

Historiographical issues surrounding the performance of jazz and improvised musics after 1960. Topics include genre and canon formation, gender, race, and cultural nationalisms, economics and infrastructure, debates around art and the vernacular, globalization, and media reception. Reading knowledge of music is not required.

Philosophy (Barnard)

PHIL V2110 Philosophy and Feminism. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.

Is there an essential difference between women and men? How do questions about race relate to questions about gender? Is there a 'normal' way of being 'queer'? An introduction to philosophy and feminism using historical and contemporary texts, art, and public lectures. Focus includes essentialism, difference, identity, knowledge, objectivity, and queerness.

Fall 2014: PHIL V2110
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 2110 001/68026 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
309 Havemeyer Hall
Christia Mercer 3 116

Political Science (Barnard)

POLS W1201 Introduction To American Government and Politics. 3 points.

Discussion Section Required

Lecture and discussion. Dynamics of political institutions and processes, chiefly of the national government. Emphasis on the actual exercise of political power by interest groups, elites, political parties, and public opinion.

Fall 2014: POLS W1201
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 1201 002/11243 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
417 International Affairs Bldg
Justin Phillips 3 111/125
Spring 2015: POLS W1201
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 1201 001/14537 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
501 Schermerhorn Hall
Judith Russell 3 175/175

POLS V3212 Environmental Politics. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).
Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: None. Some knowledge of American politics and government (i.e. prior high school or college coursework) is recommended. Barnard syllabus. \n \n "L" sign-up through eBear.

The political setting in which environmental policy-making occurs. The course will focus on grassroots and top-down policy-making in the United States with some comparative examples.Topics include the conservation movement and national agenda politics, pollution control and iron triangle politics, alternative energy policy and subsidy politics, climate change and issue networks, and transnational environmental issues and negotiation of international policy regimes. (Cross-listed by the American Studies Program.)

POLS BC3254 First Amendment Values. 3 points.

Prerequisites: POLS W1201 or the equivalent. Not an introductory-level course. Not open to students who have taken the colloquium POLS BC3302. Enrollment limited to 25 students; L-course sign-up through eBear. Barnard syllabus.

Examines the first amendment rights of speech, press, religion and assembly. In-depth analysis of landmark Supreme Court rulings provides the basis for exploring theoretical antecedents as well as contemporary applications of such doctrines as freedom of association, libel, symbolic speech, obscenity, hate speech, political speech, commercial speech, freedom of the press and religion. (Cross-listed by the American Studies Program.)

Spring 2015: POLS BC3254
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3254 001/01940 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Paula Franzese 3 27/25

POLS V3313 American Urban Politics. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)., Discussion Section Required

Prerequisites: This course counts as an introductory-level course in American Politics. L-course sign-up through eBear. Enrollment is limited to 80, including 20 incoming Barnard first-year students. Barnard syllabus.
Corequisites: Required discussion section POLS V3314.

A study of cities in the US focusing on local government structures and relationships with other levels of government. Themes include power and decision-making; the leadership and administration of cities; and present day problems and strategies to deal with them. Topics include urban political economy, political machines and urban reform, race and ethnicity in urban politics, and urban problems such as fiscal strain, poverty, the burden of growth and attracting economic investment, the costs and consequences of urban terror and disaster, and the global city. (Cross-listed by the American Studies Program.)

Fall 2014: POLS V3313
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3313 001/68887 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
717 Hamilton Hall
Carlos Vargas-Ramos 3 44/70
Spring 2015: POLS V3313
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3313 001/06748 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Room TBA
Carlos Vargas-Ramos 3 70/70

POLS BC3331 * Colloquium on American Political Decisionmaking. 4 points.

Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: POLS W1201 or the equivalent. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Enrollment limited to 16 students. Barnard syllabus.

Readings on decisionmaking, policy analysis, and the political setting of the administrative process. Students will simulate an ad hoc Cabinet Committee assigned to prepare a presidential program to deal with aspects of the foreign aid program involving hunger and malnutrition. (Cross-listed by the American Studies Program and by the Athena Center for Leadership Studies.)

POLS BC3332 * Colloquium on Exploring Political Leadership in the U.S.. 4 points.

Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: POLS W1201 or the equivalent. Admission by application through the Barnard department only. Enrollment limited to 16 students. Barnard syllabus.

Exploration of the effect of political leadership on political outcomes in the United States, with special attention to how individual characteristics, like personality, political style, ideology, gender, race and class, interact with the political environment in shaping political outcomes. (Cross-listed by the American Studies Program and by the Athena Center for Leadership Studies.)

POLS BC3521 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. 3 points.

Prerequisites: POLS W1201 or the equivalent. Not an introductory-level course. Not open to students who have taken the colloquium POLS BC3326. Enrollment limited to 25 students; L-course sign-up through eBear. Barnard syllabus.

Explores seminal caselaw to inform contemporary civil rights and civil liberties jurisprudence and policy.  Specifically, the readings examine historical and contemporary first amendment values, including freedom of speech and the press, economic liberties, takings law, discrimination based on race, gender, class and sexual preference, affirmative action, the right to privacy, reproductive freedom, the right to die, criminal procedure and adjudication, the rights of the criminally accused post-9/11 and the death penalty. (Cross-listed by the American Studies and Human Rights Programs.)

Fall 2014: POLS BC3521
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
POLS 3521 001/04891 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
328 Milbank Hall
Paula Franzese 3 39/45

POLS W4316 The American Presidency. 3 points.

Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: POLS W1201 or any course that qualifies for the the introductory-level American Politics course. Barnard syllabus. \n \n "L" sign-up through eBear.

Growth of presidential power, creation and use of the institutionalized presidency, presidential-congressional and presidential-bureaucratic relationships, and the presidency and the national security apparatus. (Cross-listed by the American Studies Program.)

Religion (Barnard)

RELI V2505 Intro to Judaism. 3 points.

A historical overview of Jewish belief and practice as these have crystallized and changed over the centuries. Special attention to ritual and worship, the forms of religious literature, central concepts, religious leadership and institutions, Israel among the nations.

Fall 2014: RELI V2505
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RELI 2505 001/06829 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Ll104 Diana Center
Beth Berkowitz 3 16

RELI V2645 Religion in Black America: An Intro. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

This is an undergraduate lecture course introducing students to the study of African American religion. While there are no required prerequisites for the course, prior coursework in religious studies or African American history is helpful. This course progresses as a historical survey and is intended to introduce students to important themes in African-American (thus American) religious history (i.e. migration, urbanization, nationalism) through a rich engagement with the religious practices and traditions of black communities. Primary attention is given to Afro-Protestantism in North America; however, throughout the course, attention is directed to religious diversity and varying religious traditions/practices in different diasporic locales. While this is a lecture course, students are expected to arrive each week having completed assigned readings and prepared to make informed contributions to class discussions (as class size allows). By the end of the semester, students will be expected to possess a working knowledge of major themes/figures/traditions in African American religious life, as well as key questions that have shaped the study thereof.

RELI V3602 Religion in America I. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).

Survey of American religion from the Civil War to the present, with the emphasis on the ways religion has shaped American history, culture, identity.

Fall 2014: RELI V3602
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RELI 3602 001/06273 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
903 Altschul Hall
Gale Kenny 3 32

RELI V3603 Religion in America II. 3 points.

Survey of American religion from the Civil War to the present, with an emphasis on the ways religion has shaped American history, culture, and identity.

Spring 2015: RELI V3603
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RELI 3603 001/07023 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Gale Kenny 3 29

RELI V3604 Religion in the City. 3 points.

This course will use the city to address and investigate a number of central concepts in the study of religion, including ritual, community, worldview, conflict, tradition, and discourse.  We will explore together what we can learn about religions by focusing on place, location, and context.

RELI V3610 Religion in American Film. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Exploration of relationships between religion and popular film with particular attention to the way religious narratives and symbols in film uphold and critique norms of race, class and gender in the formation of American societal institutions (political structures, economy, family and community organization).

Spring 2015: RELI V3610
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RELI 3610 001/07200 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Gale Kenny 3 25

RELI V3650 Religion and the Civil Rights Movement. 3 points.

An examination of the role of religion in the drive for civil rights during the 1950s and 1960s. The course will look at the role of activists, churches, clergy, sermons, and music in forging the consensus in favor of civil rights.

RELI V3651 Evangelicalism. 3 points.

A survey of evangelicalism, "America's folk religion," in all of its various forms, including the holiness movement, fundamentalism, pentecostalism, the charismatic movement, neoevengelicalism, the sanctified tradition, and various ethnic expressions. The course will examine the origins of evengelicalism, its theology, and the cultural and political involvement of American evangelicals.

RELI W4610 Science, Nature, and Religion in 20th Century America. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).

Examination of the relationship between scientific and religious ideas, with particular reference to American culture in the twentieth century. Explores the impact of such events as the Scopes trial and the popular faith in science and technology of the religious attitudes and beliefs of 20th-century Americans.

RELI W4614 Defining Marriage. 4 points.

This seminar examines the changing purpose and meaning of marriage in the history of the United States from European colonization through contemporary debates over gay marriage. Topics include religious views of marriage, interracial marriage, and the political uses of the institution.

RELI W4620 Religious Worlds of New York. 4 points.

This seminar teaches ethnographic approaches to studying religious life with a special focus on urban religion and religions of New York. Students develop in-depth analyses of religious communities using these methods. Course readings address both ethnographic methods and related ethical and epistemological issues, as well as substantive topical issues of central importance to the study of urban religion, including transnationalism and immigration, religious group life and its relation to local community life, and issues of ethnicity, race and cosmopolitanism in pluralistic communities.

RELI W4630 African-American Religion. 4 points.

Explores a range of topics in African-American Religion, which may include the African background and the transmission of African cultures, religion under slavery, independent black churches, religion and race relations, and modern theological movements. In Spring 2008, the course will focus on the religious lives of African immigrants to the US, emphasizing field and documentary methods.

RELI W4640 Religion in the American Public Sphere. 4 points.

Introduction to questions surrounding the relationships between religion and the public sphere in the United States. Approaches topics of civil religion, church-state relations, religious pluralism in the public sphere, and the role of congregations in local communities using sociological theories and methods.

RELI W4645 American Protestant Thought. 4 points.

In this seminar we will look at the relation between inquiry and imagination in selected religious writers and writers on religion in the American Protestant tradition.  How does imagination serve inquiry?  What are the objects of inquiry in these writings?  Most of these authors reflect explicitly on imagination and inquiry, in addition to providing examples of both at work on religious topics.

RELI W4660 Religious History of New York. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).

Survey of religious life in New York City, from the English conquest of 1684 through changes to the immigration laws in 1965.

RELI W4670 Native American Religions. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Limited to 20 students.

Examines the varieties of Native American religions and spirituality, from contact to the present, including a look at the effects of European religions on Native American traditions.

RELI W4721 Religion and Social Justice. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Sophomore standing.

Examines current debates on three topics (religious reasons in public discourse, human rights, and democracy). Also looks briefly at some uses of the Exodus story, focusing on Michael Walzer's study of its political uses, Edward Said's criticism of Walzer's use of it in connection with contemporary Israel, and its role in debates among African Americans in the nineteenth century.

RELI W4803 Religion Vs. The Academy. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Sophomore Standing. At least one course in Religion.

Today we hear heated debates about the proper aims of education in relation to those of religion. The impact of the David Project's "Columbia Unbecoming" on the Department of MESAAS and the university as a whole (2008) is a case in point. More recently (2014), in response to threatened legal action from the Hindu right, Penguin Press of India has withdrawn Wendy Doniger's book "The Hindus" from circulation, generating an international controversy. This course focuses on case studies from India and the United States-sometimes parallel, sometimes divergent, sometimes overlapping. Wendy Doniger and Gurinder Singh Mann will be guests.

Fall 2014: RELI W4803
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RELI 4803 001/08247 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
214 Milbank Hall
John Hawley 4 6

RELI W4805 Secular and Spiritual America. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Majors and concentrators receive first priority

Are Americans becoming more secular or more spiritual (not religious), or both?  What are the connections between secularism and what is typically called non-organized religion or the spiritual in the United States?  We will address these questions by looking at some of the historical trajectories that shape contemporary debates and designations (differences) between spiritual, secular and religious.

Spring 2015: RELI W4805
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RELI 4805 001/13612 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
201 80 Claremont
Courtney Bender 4 16/20

Sociology (Barnard)

SOCI V2208 Culture in America. 3 points.

Corequisites: General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).

The values and meanings that form American pluralism. The three sections explore taste, consumption, and art; moral conflict, religion and secularism; identity, community and ideology. Examples range widely: Individualism, liberalism and conservatism; Obama's "transracial" endeavor; the food revolution; struggles over family and sexuality; multiculturalism; assimilation and immigration.

Fall 2014: SOCI V2208
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 2208 001/05710 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
202 Altschul Hall
Jonathan Rieder 3 127

SOCI V3208 Unity and Division in the Contemporary United States: A Sociological View. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).
Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Conflict and unity in the U.S: the tensions of individualism and communalism; the schism between blue and red states; culture war; the careers of racism and anti-Semitism; identity politics and fragmentation; immigration and second eneration identities; the changing status of whiteness and blackness; cultural borrowing and crossover culture.

SOCI V3220 Masculinity: A Sociological View. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).

Prerequisites: One introductory course in Sociology is suggested.

Examines the cultural, political, and institutional forces that govern masculinity. Focuses on various meanings of "being a man" and the effects these different types of masculinity have on both men and women. Explores some of the variation among men and relationships between men and women.

SOCI V3227 The Sociology of U.S. Economic Life. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).
Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: One introductory course in Sociology is suggested.

Examines the social forces that shape market behavior: ideologies of liberalism and conservatism; the culture of commodities and consumption; income, class, and quality of life; the immigrant economy; life in financial institutions; the impact of the global economy.

SOCI V3235 Social Movements: Collective Action. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).
Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: One introductory course in Sociology suggested.

Social movements and the theories social scientists use to explain them, with emphasis on the American civil rights and women's movements.  Topics include theories of participation, the personal and social consequences of social movements, the rationality of protest, the influence of ideology, organization, and the state on movement success, social movements, and the mass media.

SOCI V3247 The Immigrant Experience, Old and New. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).
Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

The immigrant experience in the United States. Topics include ideologies of the melting pot; social, cultural, and economic life of earlier immigrants; the distinctiveness of the African-American experience; recent surge of "new" immigrants (Asians, Latinos, West Indians); and changing American views of immigration.

SOCI W3264 The Changing American Family. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)., Discussion Section Required

Worries and debates about the family are in the news daily.   But how in fact is "the family" changing?  And why?  This course will study the family from a sociological perspective with primary emphasis on continuity and change and variation across different historical eras.  We’ll examine how the diversity of family life and constellations of intimacy and care are shaped by gender roles and expectations, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and sexuality.

Spring 2015: SOCI W3264
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3264 001/11334 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Angela Aidala 3 27

SOCI W3277 Post-Racial America?. 3 points.

Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

What is race? Is the U.S. a post-racial society? Is such a society desirable? Is a post-racial society necessarily a just and egalitarian one? We consider these questions from ethnographic, historical, and theoretical perspectives. Topics discussed include intersectionality, multiracial identity, colorism, genetics, and the race and/or class debate. 

SOCI W3302 Sociology of Gender. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).

Prerequisites: One introductory course in Sociology suggested.

Examination of factors in gender identity that are both universal (across time, culture, setting) and specific to a social context. Social construction of gender roles in different settings, including family, work, and politics. Attention to the role of social policies in reinforcing norms or facilitating change.

Spring 2015: SOCI W3302
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3302 001/03204 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
3 19/70

SOCI V3318 The Sociology of Sexuality. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.

Prerequisites: Introductory course in Sociology is suggested.

Social, cultural and organizational aspects of sex in the contemporary United States, stressing the plural in sexualities: sexual revolution and post-Victorian ideologies; the context of gender and inequality; social movements and sexual identity; the variety of sexual meanings and communities; the impact of AIDS.

SOCI V3324 Poverty, Inequality, and Policy: A Sociological Perspective. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Introductory course in Sociology is suggested.

Examination of poverty, the "underclass," and inequality in the United States. Part 1: The moral premises, social theories, and political interests shaping current debates about the poor. Part 2: A more concrete analysis of the lives of the poor and the causes of family breakdown, the drug economy, welfare, employment, and homelessness.

SOCI V3901 The Sociology of Culture. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).
Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: SOCI BC1003 or equivalent social science course and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Drawing examples from popular music, religion, politics, race, and gender, explores the interpretation, production, and reception of cultural texts and meanings. Topics include aesthetic distinction and taste communities, ideology, power, and resistance; the structure and functions of subcultures; popular culture and high culture; and ethnography and interpretation.

Spring 2015: SOCI V3901
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SOCI 3901 001/01717 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Jonathan Rieder 4 48

SOCI BC3903 Work and Culture. 4 points.

Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: Preference for Barnard Leadership Initiative participants, Juniors and Seniors. Permission of the instructor.

Sociological approaches to understanding work and culture. Theoretical underpinnings of workplace interactions, with attention to ethnographies of work across a range of organizations. Examines changes in work due to technological advances and globalization. Special emphasis on gender.

SOCI BC3909 Ethnic Conflict and Unrest. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Sophomore Standing. SOCI BC1003 or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Post-1965 immigration in the U.S. has prompted conflicts between new immigrant groups and established racial and ethnic groups. This seminar explores ethnic conflict and unrest that takes place in the streets, workplace, and everyday social life. Focus is on sociological theories that explain the tensions associated with the arrival of new immigrants.

SOCI W3936 Sociology and the Public. 4 points.

Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: Sociological Imagination (SOCI V1202)or The Social World (SOCI W1000) (not required)

This course explores how sociologists address pressing public concerns. With a focus on contemporary American issues, we will discuss: (1) how particular problems are identified; (2) what resolutions are put forth, who is likely to achieve them, and how; (3) what the audience is (and should be) for such work.

Spanish and Latin American Cultures (Barnard)

SPAN BC3120 Twentieth-Century Puerto Rican Literature. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Third-year bridge course (W3300), and introductory surveys (W3349, W3350).

A study of Puerto Rican authors (Ferre, Sanchez, Pedreira, Julia de Burgos, Gonzalez, Marques) and their interpretation of socio-historical development in Puerto Rico. The relationship of these texts to historical writing (e.g., Quintero Rivera), and the revisionist trend in Puerto Rican historiography.

SPAN W3350 Hispanic Cultures II: Enlightenment to the Present. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

This course surveys cultural production of Spain and Spanish America from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Students will acquire the knowledge needed for the study of the cultural manifestations of the Hispanic world in the context of modernity. Among the issues and events studied will be the Enlightenment as ideology and practice, the Napoleonic invasion of Spain, the wars of Spanish American independence, the fin-de-siècle and the cultural avant-gardes, the wars and revolutions of the twentieth century (Spanish Civil War, the Mexican and Cuban revolutions), neoliberalism, globalization, and the Hispanic presence in the United States. The goal of the course is to study some key moments of this trajectory through the analysis of representative texts, documents, and works of art. Class discussions will seek to situate the works studied within the political and cultural currents and debates of the time. All primary materials, class discussion, and assignments are in Spanish. This course is required for the major and the concentration in Hispanic Studies.

Fall 2014: SPAN W3350
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SPAN 3350 001/70076 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201 Casa Hispanica
Gustavo Perez-Firmat 3 12/15
SPAN 3350 002/23146 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
316 Hamilton Hall
Adrian Espinoza Staines 3 15/15
Spring 2015: SPAN W3350
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SPAN 3350 001/64719 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Adrian Espinoza Staines 3 15/15
SPAN 3350 003/74227 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Anne Freeland 3 15/15
SPAN 3350 004/01239 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Ronald Briggs 3 15/15

Theatre (Barnard)

THTR V2002 New York Theatre. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited. Permission given by instructor only at first meeting.

Students attend a variety of performances as well as a weekly lab meeting. Emphasis on expanding students' critical vocabulary and understanding of current New York theatre and its history. Section on contemporary New York theatre management and production practices.

Fall 2014: THTR V2002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 2002 001/04317 Th 5:10pm - 7:00pm
323 Milbank Hall
Stacey McMath 3 19
THTR 2002 001/04317 Th 8:00pm - 11:00pm
323 Milbank Hall
Stacey McMath 3 19
Spring 2015: THTR V2002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 2002 001/01666 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Linda Bartholomai 3 51
THTR 2002 001/01666 W 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Room TBA
Linda Bartholomai 3 51

ENTH BC3139 Modern American Drama and Performance. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).
Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 16 students. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups

Modern American drama in the context of theatrical exploration, cultural contestation, performance history, and social change. Playwrights include Crothers, Glaspell, O'Neill, Odets, Wilder, Stein, Williams, Miller, Hansberry, Albee, Fornes, Kennedy, Mamet, Parks, and Ruhl.

ENTH BC3144 Black Theatre. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 16 students. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups

Exploration in Black Theatre, specifically African-American performance traditions, as an intervening agent in racial, cultural and national identity. African-American theater artists to be examined include Amiri Baraka, Kia Corthron, W.E.B. Du Bois, Angelina Grimke, Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Adrienne Kennedy, Suzan-Lori Parks, Adrian Piper and August Wilson. (Also listed as AFRS 3144.)

THTR V3151 Western Theatre Traditions: Modern. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Dialectical approach to reading and thinking about the history of dramatic theatre in the west, interrogating the ways poetry inflects, and is inflected by, the material dynamics of performance. We will undertake careful study of the practices of performance, and of the sociocultural, economic, political, and aesthetic conditions animating representative plays of the Western tradition from the late eighteenth century to today; course will also emphasize development of important critical concepts for the analysis of drama, theatre, and performance. Specific attention will be given to the ideology of realism and naturalism, the development of epic theatre, the theatre of cruelty, postcolonial performance, and the continuing invention of dramatic forms (theatre of the absurd, speechplays, postdramatic theatre), as well as to the political and theoretical impact of race, gender, sexuality in modern performance culture. Writing: 2-3 papers; Reading: 1-2 plays, critical and historical reading per week; final examination. Fulfills one (of two) Theatre History requirements for Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors.

Spring 2015: THTR V3151
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
THTR 3151 001/03990 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Piia Mustamaki 3 35

Urban Studies

URBS V3420 Introduction to Urban Sociology. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).

Prerequisites: Students must attend first class.

Examines the diverse ways in which sociology has defined and studied cities, focusing on the people who live and work in the city, and the transformations U.S. cities are undergoing today. Sociological methods, including ethnography, survey research, quantitative studies, and participant observation will provide perspectives on key urban questions such as street life, race, immigration, globalization, conflict, and redevelopment.

Spring 2015: URBS V3420
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
URBS 3420 001/02613 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Aaron Passell 3 45

URBS V3545 Junior Colloquium: The Shaping of the Modern City. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Non-majors admitted by permission of instructor. Students must attend first class. Enrollment limited to 16 students per section. General Education Requirement: Historical Studies.

Introduction to the historical process and social consequences of urban growth, from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present.

Fall 2014: URBS V3545
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
URBS 3545 001/01098 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
421 Lehman Hall
Meredith Linn 4 13
URBS 3545 002/09802 Th 11:00am - 12:50pm
421 Lehman Hall
Meredith Linn 4 8
URBS 3545 003/09945 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
202 Milbank Hall
Gergely Baics 4 15
URBS 3545 004/04779 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
102 Sulzberger Annex
Aaron Passell 4 10

URBS V3546 Junior Colloquium: Contemporary Urban Issues. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Non-majors admitted by permission of instructor. Students must attend first class. Enrollment limited to 16 students per section.

Evaluation of current political, economic, social, cultural and physical forces that are shaping urban areas.

Fall 2014: URBS V3546
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
URBS 3546 001/04411 W 11:00am - 12:50pm
421 Lehman Hall
Liz Abzug 4 15
Spring 2015: URBS V3546
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
URBS 3546 001/09660 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Kathryn Yatrakis 4 15
URBS 3546 002/01509 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Sevin Yildiz 4 23

URBS V3550 Community Building and Economic Development. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Must attend first class for instructor permission. Preference to Urban Studies majors.

Community building has emerged as an important approach to creating an economic base, reducing poverty and improving the quality of life in urban neighborhoods. In this course, students examine the methods, strategies, and impact of community building on the economic, social, and political development of urban neighborhoods.

Fall 2014: URBS V3550
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
URBS 3550 001/00185 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
501 Diana Center
Liz Abzug 4 16
Spring 2015: URBS V3550
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
URBS 3550 001/04866 W 11:00am - 12:50pm
Room TBA
Liz Abzug 4 57

URBS V3920 Social Entrepreneurship. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).

Prerequisites: Must attend first class for instructor permission. Preference to Urban Studies majors. General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC). Only 16 admitted.

Introduction to the main concepts and processes associated with the creation of new social enterprises, policies, programs, and organizations; criteria for assessing business ventures sponsored by non-profits and socially responsible initiatives undertaken by corporations; specific case studies using New York City as a laboratory. To be offered Fall 2011.

Fall 2014: URBS V3920
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
URBS 3920 001/04844 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
421 Lehman Hall
Thomas Kamber 4 14

Women's Studies (Barnard)

WMST V1001 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.

Prerequisites: Students registering for this course are expected to attend the lecture on Tuesdays at 11:40am-12:55pm, and one of the four discussion sections for 11:40am-12:55pm on Thursday. The course instructors will assign students to discussion sections in the first few weeks of the semester.

An interdisciplinary introduction to key concepts and analytical categories in women's and gender studies.  This course grapples with gender in its complex intersection with other systems of power and inequality, including: sexuality, race and ethnicity, class and nation.  Topics include: feminisms, feminist and queer theory, commodity culture, violence, science and technology, visual cultures, work, and family.

Spring 2015: WMST V1001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
WMST 1001 001/07651 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Laura Ciolkowski, Rebecca Young 3 110/125

WMST BC3121 Black Women in America. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).
Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: Students must attend first day of class and admission will be decided then. Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Examines roles of black women in the U.S. as thinkers, activists and creators during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Focusing on the intellectual work, social activism and cultural expression of African American women, we examine how they understood their lives, resisted oppression and struggled to change society. We will also discuss theoretical frameworks (such as "double jeopardy," or "intersectionality") developed for the study of black women. The seminar will encourage students to pay particular attention to the diversity of black women and critical issues facing Black women today. This course is the same as AFRS BC3121 Black Women in America.

WMST BC3131 Women and Science. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 18 students.

History and politics of women's involvement with science. Women's contributions to scientific discovery in various fields, accounts by women scientists, engineers, and physicians, issues of science education. Feminist critiques of biological research and of the institution of science.

Spring 2015: WMST BC3131
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
WMST 3131 001/05173 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Laura Kay 4 39

WMST V3311 Colloquium in Feminist Theory. 4 points.

Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisite: Feminist Texts I, or II, and permission of the instructor. An exploration of the relationship between new feminist theory and feminist practice, both within the academy and in the realm of political organizing.

WMST V3312 Theorizing Activism. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Critical Approaches or Feminist Theory or permission of instructor.

Helps students develop and apply useful theoretical models to feminist organizing on local and international levels.  It involves reading, presentations, and seminar reports.  Students use first-hand knowledge of the practices of specific women's activist organizations for theoretical work.

Spring 2015: WMST V3312
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
WMST 3312 001/26200 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Christia Mercer 4 0

WMST W4301 Early Jewish Women Immigrant Writers: 1900-1939. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).
Enrollment limited to 15.

Prerequisites: students must attend first day of class and admission will be decided then.

Covers significant pre-Holocaust texts (including Yiddish fiction in translation) by U.S. Ashkenazi women and analyzes the tensions between upholding Jewish identity and the necessity and/or inevitability of integration and assimilation. It also examines women's quests to realize their full potential in Jewish and non-Jewish communities on both sides of the Atlantic.

Fall 2014: WMST W4301
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
WMST 4301 001/02215 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
201 Lehman Hall
Irena Klepfisz 4 5

WMST W4302 The Second Wave and Jewish Women's Artistic Responses: 1939-1990. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 13 students.

A study of  Jewish women’s fiction, memoirs, art and film in response to the feminist/gender issues raised by the Second Wave. The seminar includes analysis of the writings and artwork of Jo Sinclair, Tillie Olsen, Judy Chicago, Helene Aylon, Elana Dykewomon, Rebecca Goldstein, E.M. Broner and others.

Spring 2015: WMST W4302
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
WMST 4302 001/03612 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Irena Klepfisz 4 12

WMST W4304 Gender and HIV/AIDS. 4 points.

Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 15 students.

An interdisciplinary exploration of feminist approaches to HIV/AIDS with emphasis on the nexus of science and social justice.

WMST W4308 Sexuality and Science. 4 points.

Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Examines scientific research on human sexuality, from early sexology through contemporary studies of biology and sexual orientation, surveys of sexual behavior, and the development and testing of Viagra. How does such research incorporate, reflect, and reshape cultural ideas about sexuality? How is it useful, and for whom?

WMST W4309 Sex, Gender and Transgender Queries. 4 points.

Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Sex, sexual identity, and the body are produced in and through time.  “Trans” – as an identity, a set of practices, a question, a site, or as a verb of change and connection – is a relatively new term which this course will situate in theory, time, discipline, and through the study of representation.

WMST W4320 Queer Theories and Histories. 4 points.

The course will cover a range of (mostly U.S. and mostly 20th-Century) materials that thematize gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender experience and identity. We will study fiction and autobiographical texts, historical, psychoanalytic, and sociological materials, queer theory, and films, focusing on modes of representing sexuality and on the intersections between sexuality and race, ethnicity, class, gender, and nationality. We will also investigate connections between the history of LGBT activism and current events. Authors will include Foucault, Freud, Butler, Sedgwick, Anzaldua, Moraga, Smith. Students will present, and then write up, research projects of their own choosing. Enrollment limited to 20 students.