American Studies

The following 2022-2023 courses count for concentration credit in the American Studies field.

In most cases, this means that at least 50% of the material in the course relates directly to the student’s field. If you find a course that you think is well-suited to your own particular course of study, but that does not appear on the list, please petition the Committee on Instruction for credit, keeping in mind the 50% guideline.

Please note that this list is subject to change through the start of the semester. Make sure you check back before registering for classes. Look to the key below to determine which courses can count towards specific field requirements. Click on the requirement term to see a short list of courses that fulfill that field requirement. If you have any questions, please direct them to Assistant Director of Studies Lucy Caplan.

"F" indicates a course offered during the fall semester. "Sp" indicates a course offered during the spring semester.

Key to Requirements:

AAAS 10. Introduction to African American Studies. Gates. (1865-1945) (B) Sp

AAAS 112. Black Humor: Performance, Art, and Literature. Carpio. (B) Sp

AAAS 119x. Chocolate, Culture, and the Politics of Food. Martin. (A) (B) Sp

AAAS 123z. American Democracy. Unger. (B) Sp

AAAS 134x. How Sweet it is to be Loved By You: Black Love and the Emotional Politics of Respect. Morgan. (B) (C) F

AAAS 170y. Black Classicisms: Adaptations of Ancient Greek & Roman Classics in Africa, the Caribbean, & the US. Greenwood. (A) (B) Sp

AAAS 180z. Freedom Writers: Race and Literary Form. McCarthy. (B) Sp

AAAS 184x. Jim Crow: Histories and Revivals. Eatmon. (1865-1945) (B) F

AAAS 186x. Childhood in African America. Bernstein. (1865-1945) (B) F

AAAS 191x. African American Lives in the Law. Higginbotham. (B) Sp


AFVS 70. The Art of Film. Frahm. Sp

AFVS 107. Studies of the Built North American Environment since 1580. Stilgoe. F

AFVS 160. Modernization in the Visual United States Environment, 1890-2035. Stilgoe. Sp

AFVS 166. North American Seacoasts and Landscapes, Discovery to Present. Stilgoe. F

AFVS 194. David Lynch and the American Imaginary. Lim. F


Classical Studies 170. Black Classicisms: Adaptations of Ancient Greek & Roman Classics in Africa, the Caribbean, & the US. Greenwood. (A) (B) Sp


Comparative Literature 170a. Black Classicisms: Adaptations of Ancient Greek & Roman Classics in Africa, the Caribbean, & the US. Greenwood. (A) (B) Sp


English 90ah. Asian American Theater and Performance. Kim. (B) Sp

English 90cp. Contemporary American Plays. Miller. (B) Sp

English 90dr. Digital Race Studies: Storytelling, Power, Community. Dikcis. (B) F

English 90eb. Elizabeth Bishop and Others. Ravinthiran. Sp

English 90ex. The Exorcist. Levine. Sp

English 90ln. Harvard and Native Lands Deloria and Niles. (pre-1865) (B) F

English 90rc. Re-mediating Colonialism. Klassen. (B) Sp

English 90rj. Race and Jurisprudence. Menand. (B) F

English 178x. The American Novel: Dreiser to the Present. Fisher. (1865-1945) Sp

English 181a. Introduction to Asian American Literature: What Is Asian American Literature? Kim. (B) F

English 182. Science Fiction. Burt. F

English 187aa. The Aesthetics of Athletics. Stauffer. F


EMR 123. Issues in the Study of Native American Religion. Braude. (B) F

EMR 131. Love's Labors Found: Uncovering Histories of Emotional Labor. Light. (B) (C) F

EMR 148. Indigeneity and Latinidad. Mendoza-Mori. (A) (B) Sp

EMR 149. Latinx Representation in Media, Films, and Pop Culture. Mendoza-Mori. (B) Sp

EMR 155. "A Place called Home": Histories of Spatial Discrimination and Ethnic Migration in the United States. Wakeley-Smith. (1865-1945) (B) F

EMR 1010. Topics in Latinx Studies: Imagining Latinidad. Mendoza-Mori. (B) F

EMR 1020. Topics in AAPI Studies. Craig. (A) (B) Sp


Folklore and Mythology 172. Quilts and Quiltmaking. Lufkin. (1865-1945) (C) Sp

Folklore and Mythology 176. Tattoo: Histories and Practices. Lufkin. F


General Education 1133. Is the U.S. Civil War Still Being Fought? Stauffer. (pre-1865) (B) Sp

General Education 1130. Power to the People: Black Power, Radical Feminism, and Gay Liberation. Bronski. (C) F

General Education 1113. Race, Gender, and Performance. Bernstein. (B) (C) Sp


German 199. Freedom: A Transatlantic Affair. Carranza. (A) (1865-1945) Sp


History 12g. Atlantic Slave Wars. Brown. (pre-1865) (A) (B) F

History 12y. Capitalism, Crime, and Punishment in American History. Bekemeyer. (B) F

History 12z. The History of American Conservatism from William F. Buckley, Jr., to Donald Trump. Bekemeyer. Sp

History 15b. Quad Lab: Histories of Technology, Society, and Everyday Life at Harvard. Miller. F

History 15g. Resistant Maculinity: Evolving Notions of Black Masculinities in U.S. History. Blakeslee. (1865-1945) (B) (C) F

History 15h. Harvard and Native Lands Deloria and Niles. (pre-1865) (B) F

History 15j. Suburban Wars: The American Suburb in the Twentieth Century. Anbinder. Sp

History 15k. Race & US Empire Since 1898. Yalzadeh. (A) (B) Sp

History 15l. US Labor and Working Class History, 1886-1967. Lossin. (1865-1945) Sp

History 15m. Disability in American History. Williams. F

History 74n. U.S. History: Major Themes in the Twentieth Century. McGirr. (1865-1945) Sp

History 84h. The Northern Side of the Civil Rights Movement. Higginbotham. (B) F

History 89j. The United States and China: Opium War to the Present. Manela. (A) Sp

History 1002. The 20th Century United States: Politics, Society, Culture. McGirr. Sp

History 1006. Native American and Indigenous Studies: An Introduction. Deloria. (B) F

History 1014. Afro-Indigenous Intersections in Early America. Miles. (pre-1865) (B) Sp

History 1025. The Black American Experience since 1865. Eatmon. (B) Sp

History 1222. The Great Migration: The Exodus that Transformed Black America and the United States. Bekemeyer. (1865-1945) (B) Sp

History 1223. The American Century?: A History of the United States since World War II. Bekemeyer. F

History 1412. African Diaspora in the Americas. Brown. (pre-1865) (A) (B) F

History 1465. The United States and World Order Since 1900. Manela. (1865-1945) (A) F

History 1945. Slavery and Public History. Miles. (pre-1865) (B) F

History 2473. The Constitution in American History. Lepore and Mack. Sp


History and Literature 10. Introduction to American Studies. Deloria. Sp

History and Literature 90ev. Sound and Color: Music, Race, and US Cultural Politics. Caplan. (1865-1945) (B) F

History and Literature 90fb. Asian America in Popular Culture. Huang. (B) F

History and Literature 90eo. The Reinvention of New York City. King. (B) F

History and Literature 90eq. Nuclear Imperialisms. Hogue. (A) Sp

History and Literature 90fi. Race and Empire in the Americas. Waits. (1865-1945) (A) (B) F

History and Literature 90fl. Indigenous in the City. Ridgway. (B) F

History and Literature 90fq. Con Artist Nation: Scams, Schemes, and American Dreams. Allan. (pre-1865) F

History and Literature 90fr. Latinx, 1492 to 2022. Conners. (A) (B) Sp

History and Literature 90es. Prison Abolition. Dichter. (B) Sp

History and Literature 90dr. American Speeches. Faust. Sp

History and Literature 90fm. Tasting Place: Food and Culture in America. Kirby. F

History and Literature 90fw. Carceral Empire. Gill. (A) (B) Sp

History and Literature 90fp. Atlantic Narratives and the Making of the Modern World. Glassie. (pre-1865) (A) F

History and Literature 90fy. Culture Wars. Biel and Kaminsky. (C) 


History of Art and Architecture 170g. Harvard Square. Blier. F


History of Science 1820. An American Way of War: Technology and Warfare. Hersch. F


Music 188r. Music Makers of Asian America. Iyer. (B) F


Religion 120. Religion and Nationalism in the United States: A History. Brekus. Sp

Religion 1472. The Ethical and Religious Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. Williams. (B) Sp

Religion 1497. Evangelicalism in America. Brekus. F

Religion 1557. Unitarian and Universalist History in the United States. McKanan. (pre-1865) F

Religion 1562. Alternative Spiritualities in the United States. McKanan. Sp

Religion 1590. Issues in the Study of Native American Religion. Braude. F

Religion 1599. Asian American Religion. Eck. (B) Sp


Theater, Dance, and Media 180l. Before and Beyond Angels: The AIDS Epidemic in Live Arts, Culture, and Protest. Levine. (C) F


WGS 1216. Women's Voices in Asian and Asian American Literature. Choi. (A) (B) (C) Sp

WGS 1225. Leaning In, Hooking Up: Visions of Feminism and Femininity in the 21st Century. Thompson. (C) Sp

WGS 1283. Love's Labors Found: Uncovering Histories of Emotional Labor. Light. (B) (C) F