IMAGES AND REALITIES
Reading and Writing about American Culture
American Studies 105
In American Studies 105: Popular Culture and Folk Life, you will study the ways Americans talk about what matters to them. We will critically examine popular culture topics that speak to us as individuals, as a community, and as a nation.
- What roles do media, like television, radio, movies, and the Internet, play in fostering a sense of American identity?
- What might a monster movie, a baseball game, an election, or a meal have to say about the sort of civilization that exists in the United States?
- How does the history of our country interact with the marketplace to create an American popular culture?
Monday–Thursday, 8:30 - 10:15 a.m.
English 015: Rhetoric and Composition, a required course for all Penn State University students, will engage you in the writing process.
You will learn how to write your own stories about the contemporary culture that surrounds all of us. Be on the edge of technology as we explore using Kindles, our Media Commons, and blogs.
To enrich this experience, an holistic approach to college life will be available in the afternoons including workshops on wellness theory and practice in Tai chi and yoga.
Monday–Thursday, 10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
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