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HIST 421/521 Hollywood’s America

Prerequisites: Twelve credits in history and junior or senior standing; or by permission of instructor. (Course is offered every three years/3 credits) 

This course examines American culture and society through film. The primary text for this course will be American films such as “Gone With the Wind,” “The Birth of a Nation,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” “Casablanca,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “The Graduate,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Wall Street” and “American Beauty.” Students will critically analyze how American cultural and social conflicts are portrayed and worked out in popular films, and explore how motion pictures create a window into modern American society. Students will learn how to read films as cultural texts and write critical film reviews as the principal primary form of cultural and historical analysis.