Comparative American Studies
Department Chair:
Wendy Kozol, Chair

Administrative Assistant:
Linda Pardee

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-5290
Fax: (440) 775-8644

King 141
10 N. Professor Street
Oberlin, OH, 44074-1095

Non-CAS Program courses that count for the major and Courtesy Faculty

Non-CAS Program courses that count for the major and Courtesy Faculty

Comparative American Studies Courses in Various Disciplines:

Students majoring or minoring in Comparative American Studies may count certain courses in other departments and programs toward their program requirements. The following list of cross-referenced courses are either current as of October 2013 or are previously cross-referenced courses but still count toward program requirements. The list will be updated as relevant courses appear in the curriculum. Students may apply to the Program Director to count courses not currently on the list.

FYSP 039 Women Behaving Badly
FYSP 051 Soundscapes:  Listening to the Past and Present
FYSP 072 Bodies in Play: Athletics, Identity and Culture in America
FYSP 093 Disability
FYSP 110 Black Women and Liberation
FYSP 115 The Literature of Atlantic Slavery
FYSP 118 The Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender with Social Class in Contemporary America
FYSP 119 The First Amendment and the Internet
FYSP 122 Contested Sites:  The Politics of Public Art & Space
FYSP 127 Race-ing the Environment: Historical Approaches to Race and Environmental History
FYSP 134 Crossing Borders: Mysteries of Identity
FYSP 136 Ways of Seeing, Ways of Knowing
FYSP 143 Deconstructing Technology
FYSP 144 Malcom X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
FYSP 163 She Works Hard for the Money: Women, Work, and the Persistence of Inequality
FYSP 185 The Blues Detective:  Riffing on a Literary Formula
FYSP 191 Social Justice in the United States

AAST 072: Blues Aesthetic (also ARTS 072)
AAST 100: What is Black? Comparative Identity, History and Struggle in Cuba and the US
AAST 101 Introduction to the Black Experience
AAST 117 Immigrant and Second-Generation American Literature
AAST 118 Ritual and Performance I: The World According to the Yoruba and their Descendants in the New World
AAST 141 The Heritage of Black American Literature
AAST 171 Introduction to African American Music I
AAST 172 Introduction to African American Music II
AAST 201 African American History to 1865
AAST 202 African American History Since 1865
AAST 219 Freedom Movements: Civil Rights and Black Power
AAST 220 Doin' Time: A History of Black Incarceration
AAST 226 Slave Revolts in Atlantic World
AAST 228 Katrina and the Black Freedom Struggle in Louisiana
AAST 231 African American Politics
AAST 245 The Harlem Renaissance
AAST 247 Black Popular Literature
AAST 240 How to Win a Beauty Pageant: Race, Gender, Culture, and U.S. National Identity
AAST 248 Resistance and Voice: Literature of the African Diaspora
AAST 258 Talking Book
AAST 261 Framing Blackness I: African Americans and Film In The United States, 1915 to the Present
AAST 264 African American Drama
AAST 268 Black Arts Workshop
AAST 282: Black Nationalism
AAST 285 African American Women's History
AAST 320 Practicum in Social Justice Education: Oberlin-Grafton Education Exchange
AAST 321 Black Feminist Thought
AAST 345 Narratives of Passing
AAST 361 Framing Blackness: African Americans and Cinema in the Late 20th and Early 21st Centuries
AAST 368 Black Arts Workshop II: African Diasporan Culture in Performance from Blues to Hip Hop

ANTH 278 Human Rights, Universalism and Cultural Relativism
ANTH 353 Cultural Theory
ANTH 413 From Comanches to Aztecs: Cultural Transformations in Native North America

ARTS 046 - Thievery for Artists

CRWR 227 Asian Pacific American Writing 

DANC 214 Moving into Community

EAST 362- The Korean War

ECON 219 Labor-Management Relations

ECON 231 Environmental Economics
ECON 242 Financial Economic History

ECON 245 Health Economics
ECON 320 Labor Economics
ECON 321 Poverty and Affluence
ECON 322 Public Economics
ECON 325 Economics of Education
ECON 450 Seminar:  US Monetary Policy
ECON 452 Seminar on Financial Crises in the United States

ENGL 142 Highlights in the Black Novel
ENGL 223 Meaning and Being: Nature in 19th Century American Narrative
ENGL 238 Contemporary American Fiction
ENGL 242 Asian American Literature at the Crossroads
ENGL 250 What was a book?  What is a book?
ENGL 254 19th Century New York: Writing the Modern City
ENGL 255 In Search of America:  The Concept of Nature in Early American Writing
ENGL 256 Creole Crosscurrents: Early Caribbean Literature and Culture
ENGL 257 American Literature at the Turn into the Twentieth Century: Making and Re-Making "Americans”
ENGL 258 August Wilson: The Century Cycle
ENGL 260 Black Humor and Irony: Modern Literary Experiments
ENGL 261 Constructing the Subject: African American Women and the Auto-text
ENGL 267 Ethnic American Literature
ENGL 277 American Drama
ENGL 330 Modernist Chicago: Urban Literature and Sociology
ENGL 343 American Gothic
ENGL 344 Race, Gender, Uncle Tom's Cabin
ENGL 349 Contemporary Drama: 1980-Present
ENGL 356 New Orleans, New England, and the Question of Postbellum U.S. Regionalism
ENGL 357 The Archive:  Theories and Practices
ENGL 359 "Race-ing" Studies in Classic American Literature
ENGL 360 Globalization and Diaspora
ENGL 363 Gaines, Morrison, Wideman: Textualizing Orality and Literacy
ENGL 366 Nature and Transcendentalism
ENGL 372 Contemporary Literary Theory: Post-Modernity and Imagination
ENGL 373 American Literature, Movies, and Culture in the 1930s: Art and Social Value

ENVS 201 Nature, Culture, and Interpretation
ENVS 208 Environmental Policy
ENVS 219: Climate Change: Ethics, Equity, Narrative
ENVS 225 Native Peoples and Climate Change
ENVS 302 American Agricultures
ENVS 304 Seminar: Environmental Justice Literature

HISP 312 Latino and Latin American Folklore
HISP 402 Avant-Garde in America: Golems, Anarchists & Dreamgirls of Popular Theory
HISP 438 Don Quijote in Contemporary Hollywood
HIST 103 American History to 1877
HIST 104 American History, 1877 to the Present: Major Problems of Interpretation
HIST 201 Brutal Borders: US and Mexico in an Era of Globalization
HIST 213 First Wave American Feminism
HIST 226 World War II and the Making of the 20th Century
HIST 227 The History and Practice of Whiteness in the United States
HIST 243 Race Gender, and American Social Movements
HIST 244 The United States in the Second World War
HIST 251 U.S. Foreign Policy
HIST 252 American Environmental History
HIST 253 Roosevelt to Reagan: American Political History, 1933-1989
HIST 253 The US Since 1945
HIST 256 Im/migration in U.S. History
HIST 257 Westward Bound: The West in American History
HIST 260 Asian American History
HIST 265 American Sexualities
HIST 268 Oberlin History as American History
HIST 270 Latina/o History
HIST 279 Civil War and Reconstruction
HIST 282 The Invention of Asia
HIST 285 American Indians: Pre-Columbus to the Present
HIST 291 Latin America in the US Imagination
HIST 308 Seminar: Gender & the Suburbs
HIST 318 American Orientalism
HIST 327 Borderlands
HIST 328 American Mixed Blood
HIST 331 Race and Sexuality in United States History
HIST 332 Historical Memory in the United States
HIST 333 The Cold War
HIST 337 American Democracy
HIST 339 Motion Picture Censorship
HIST 342 Race, Gender, and American Social Movements
HIST 344 Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Icon and Archive
HIST 396 Seminar: US Foreign Policy and MENA
HIST 398 Seminar: Archiving Sex: Research America’s Sexual Pasts
HIST 406 Colloquium: Motion Picture Censorship
HIST 427 Colloquium: Borderlands
HIST 451 Rebellion in the 17th Century
HIST 473 Colloquium: Race, Religion, and Violence in Early American
HIST 479 Colloquium: Readings in 20th Century Urban History

POLT 100 Introduction to American Politics
POLT 200 Mass Politics in a Media Age
POLT 202 American Constitutional Law
POLT 203 The First Amendment
POLT 206 The Politics of Sexual Minority Communities
POLT 207 American Political Development
POLT 208 Environmental Policy
POLT 209 Public Policy in America
POLT 213 The Political Economy of Gender in Advanced Capitalism 
POLT 215 The Political Economy of Labor
POLT 216 The Political Economy of Advanced Capitalism
POLT 219 Work, Workers and Trade Unions in Advanced Capitalist Societies
POLT 227 War, Weapons, and Arms Control
POLT 228 US Foreign Policy Making
POLT 238 Modern American Political Thought
POLT 271 Gender, Sexuality, and the Law
POLT 301 Seminar: Constitutional Law: First Amendment
POLT 302 Parties, Partisanship and Ideology in America
POLT 306: Gender and Migration
POLT 308 Constitutional Interpretation and Individual Rights
POLT 315 Seminar: Future of Organized Labor
POLT 317 The Transformation of the Welfare State 
POLT 325 America's Alliances in East Asia
POLT 329 Globalization
POLT 334 Seminar: Theories of Justice and Democracy in Contemporary America
POLT 402 American Democracy: Law and Policy

POLT 409 Public Education Policy and Law

RELG 262 Religious Identity in Multicultural Perspective
RELG 263 Roots of Religious Feminism in North America 
RELG 282 Survey of American Christianity
RELG 284 The History of the African-American Religious Experience
RELG 285 Evangelicalism in the United States
RELG 366 Seminar: Feminist Interpretations of Evil
RELG 384 Seminar: The Black Theology Movement
RELG 387 Seminar: Religion and U.S. Social Welfare Policy and Social Work: A Historical Perspective

RHET 204: Writing for Social Justice

SOCI 203 Desire to be Modern: Sociology of Sexuality
SOCI 214 Social Movements
SOCI 215 Contemporary Asian American Experience
SOCI 224 Sociology of Sport
SOCI 227 Sociology of Gender
SOCI 229 New Immigrant Destinations
SOCI 235 Gender Stratification
SOCI 243 Urban Sociology: The City as a Growth Machine
SOCI 250 Sociology of Popular Culture
SOCI 262 Making Race & Ethnicity in the United States
SOCI 264 American Families: Comfort, Conflict, and Criticism
SOCI 270 Race & Ethnicity in the Americas: The Comparative Social Significance of Skin Color, Culture, and Descent
SOCI 277 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOCI 314 Unequal Educations
SOCI 321 Racializing the City: the Political Economy of Equality & Exclusion in the U.S. Urban Context
SOCI 335 Sociology of Globalization
SOCI 342 Immigration and Globalization: Spaces, Places and Crossings
SOCI 348 Constructing Immigrant Communities
SOCI 378 Sociology of the African-American Community
SOCI 403 Seminar in Social Psychology: African-American Personality
SOCI 420 Social Inequalities: Class, Race, and Gender
SOCI 443 Generations of Youth:  Relationship, Work, Culture, and Communication
SOCI 445 Seminar in Urban Sociology: Housing America

THEA 264 African American Drama
THEA 268 Black Arts Workshop
THEA 275 African American Performance Theater
THEA 368 Black Arts Workshop II