This yearlong interdisciplinary course for juniors combines the study of U.S. History and American Literature. In this course, students will explore American culture and history through the use of historical documents and readings from a wide range of classic authors, from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Toni Morrison. In addition, the course incorporates the art, music, film, fashion, and popular culture of the 20th century in American society. Through field trips, students have the opportunity to explore the rich history of the Bay Area. American Studies offers five units of U.S. History and five units of English credit per semester. If recommended for honors English, students may complete honors-level work for one semester.
Concurrent enrollment in American Studies in the History/Social Studies "American Studies" course (#1694) is required.