CUST: Cultural Studies (Undergraduate)

CUST 1005  Frank Sinatra: His Influence in American Popular Music & Culture  (4 Credits)  

The centennial of the birth of Frank Sinatra in 2015 has sparked renewed interest in the life and career of one of the most admired and influential entertainers of the twentieth century. This study examines the extraordinary contributions of Sinatra to music and to film, and his influence in American culture, politics, and civil rights.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

CUST 1010  Humor in the Workplace  (2 Credits)  

Examine the nature of humor and the uses of humor as a communication strategy in the workplace, whether office, hospital, or home. Consider the psychological and physiological benefits of humor and learn effective strategies for incorporating humor into workplace settings. Examine culture and gender considerations as well as appropriate uses of humor in communication situations. Assignments include a humor journal and a plan of action to incorporate humor into a recurring workplace situation. This course was previously CUL-222342 Humor in the Workplace.

Attributes: Liberal

CUST 1015  Research & Library Essentials  (2 Credits)  

This course is designed to help students develop essential research and information skills that support lifelong learning. Through reading, writing, and online discussions, culminating with an annotated bibliography, students will explore the research process, including: knowledge creation, evaluation and dissemination processes; techniques to brainstorm interesting and manageable topics; how to find and effectively use a wide variety of information sources and search tools, including those from the College’s Online Library and open web; and strategies to cite and integrate sources for writing and research purposes. This course may be used to fulfill educational planning credit with mentor approval This course was previously CUL-232012 Research and Library Essentials.

Attributes: Liberal

CUST 1020  Digital Literacies  (3 Credits)  

In this course students learn a variety of skills and techniques that enable academic language development and success at the college level by the utilization of technology. Students will learn concrete ways to improve advanced college-level reading, writing, communication skills, self-management, college-level learning and autonomous learning strategies, as well as time management skills. Students assess their current strengths and weaknesses and focus on specific areas they want to improve.

Attributes: Liberal

CUST 1122  Gender Race Media and Healthcare  (4 Credits)  

This interdisciplinary course focuses on how gender, race and other group identifications such as class, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability intersect in media representations, with a specific focus on health care, in relation to social relations. How do representations of gender and race impact our lives and the lives of others with regard to diversity, justice, and power? We will examine primary, research, and theoretical texts from a variety of disciplines in order to evaluate how and why gender and race are influenced by culture, and how they influence culture. Students will learn to interpret media in relation to its larger social, cultural, and historical context, including considering media ownership and influence, in order to become more discerning interpreters of our own culture. Students will also create original media content. This course is only open to CAHE students.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Liberal

CUST 1127  Baseball in America  (4 Credits)  

The game of baseball has influenced American culture from its nineteenth century origins to the present day. Studying texts, music, and films, students learn how the game earned its well-deserved place as the “national pastime.”

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Liberal

CUST 1998  Individualized Studies in Cultural Studies (CUST)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Cultural Studies (CUST). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

CUST 2010  An Introduction to Culture  (4 Credits)  

An introduction to the concept of 'culture,' and some ways we might learn about 'culture(s),' from one or more academic perspectives. This course was previously CUL-242404 .

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Liberal

CUST 2015  Critical Reading  (4 Credits)  

Critical reading is an active experience of engagement with ideas and information. This course involves the reader in several stages of the reading process. Students will work to clearly understand the ideas in the text and the strategies the writer uses to communicate them. Students will evaluate and question those ideas and form their own opinions. Finally, students will work to communicate their own ideas and opinions with clarity and conviction.

Attributes: Liberal

CUST 2020  Critical Thinking & Writing  (2-4 Credits)  

This course provides an introduction to concepts basic to critical thinking and writing, such as clear communication, persuasion, argument, fact and opinion. Critical thinking will be applied to various texts and in real-world problem-solving contexts, and critical writing skills will be developed through constructing well-reasoned written assignments that will include the evaluation and use of scholarly sources. Students cannot take both CUST 2020 and CUST 2030.

Attributes: Basic Communication Gen Ed, Liberal

CUST 2025  Food & Drink in Cultural Context: Introductory  (4 Credits)  

Learn to consider food and/or drink as examples of cultural practice and cultural expression at an introductory level. Important Note: students should not include Food and Drink in Cultural Context twice in an ESC degree program. This course can only be taken once, either at the lower-level or at the upper-level. This course was previously CUL-222604 Food and Drink in Cultural Context: Introductory.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Liberal

CUST 2030  Introduction to Critical Thinking  (2 Credits)  

Learn concepts basic to critical thinking (clear communication, persuasion, argument, fact and opinion, etc.) in a real-world, problem-solving context. This course was previously CUL-232312 Introduction to Critical Thinking. Students cannot take both CUST 2020 and CUST 2030. This course may be used to fulfill educational planning credit with mentor approval.

Attributes: Liberal

CUST 2035  Mythology & Modern Life  (4 Credits)  

Mythologies are part of collective communication and shared memories that give meaning to human experience. They may instruct in cultural norms, reveal lessons derived from nature, describe mystical experiences, or reflect historical events, illuminating individual identity as well as cultural views, practices, beliefs and values. We will investigate their continuing relevance to contemporary issues. This course was previously CUL-223104 Mythology and Modern Life.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Liberal

CUST 2040  Protest Culture-Resistance in U.S. Media: 1776 - present  (4 Credits)  

Is the U.S. a nation of rebels? Should it be? Popular dissent has long been cast both as a form of civic betrayal and as a quintessentially 'American' activity. In this class, we’ll explore the rhetoric and representation of political resistance in literature, music, art, and other forms of popular media. We’ll also examine the ways various protest movements have been appropriated from the margins and integrated into the mainstream. This course begins with foundational texts from the revolutionary era, then examines the Native American resistance to the national project before moving onto key abolitionist works. The latter part of the course follows the trajectory of the intersecting (and sometimes conflicting) antiwar, civil rights, LGBTQ, and feminist movements as they developed over the course of the twentieth century. It concludes with a discussion of protest media in our present moment. : Although a course in writing is not a prerequisite, it would benefit students to have taken one before this course.

Attributes: Liberal

CUST 2050  Reading & Interpretive Strategies  (4 Credits)  

This course will explore the ways in which readers make meaning of texts. It considers reading as a social practice, rather than as an isolated activity. In a departure from the traditional model of meaning as something embedded in the text by a writer, this course considers the ways in which readers make meaning as they read. It also emphasizes the ways in which cultural practices in which readers are engaged produce meaning. Students in this course will read texts closely, and express their readings in discussion and writing.

Attributes: Liberal

CUST 2055  The Pursuit of Happiness in American History  (4 Credits)  

Learn about American history in relation to questions of 'happiness' or 'the good life.' This course was previously CUL-222114 The Pursuit of Happiness in American History. This course may be used to fulfill educational planning credit with mentor approval.

Attributes: American History Gen Ed, Liberal

CUST 2998  Individualized Studies in Cultural Studies (CUST)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Cultural Studies (CUST). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

CUST 3015  Food & Drink in Cultural Context: Advanced  (4 Credits)  

Learn to consider food and/or drink as examples of cultural practice and cultural expression at an advanced level. Important Note: students should not include Food and Drink in Cultural Context twice in an ESC degree program. This course can only be taken once, either at the lower-level or at the upper-level. This course was previously CUL-223604 Food and Drink in Cultural Context: Advanced.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Liberal

CUST 3020  Language & Culture  (4 Credits)  

This course explores an intertwined relationship between language and culture. It is designed to help students become familiar with the theory and research related to issues such as the ways in which language behavior reflects diverse cultural patterns; the role of language in the processes through which children and adolescents become members of particular groups in society; and the relationship between class, race, gender. Prerequisites: Advanced writing skills This course was previously CUL-224364 Language and Culture.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Liberal

CUST 3021  Women and Humor  (4 Credits)  

What is women's humor? Why has humor by women been largely resisted or overlooked? This study will examine women's use of humor as a form of social protest. In particular, we will look at the movement away from domestic humor of 19th century writers toward the use of satire by writers of the interwar period to the return of domestic humor in the 1950s and the revisioning of female and feminist humor today. Students will gain knowledge of theories of humor and satire as well as an understanding of the changing role of women in America from the 1850s to the present.

Attributes: Liberal

CUST 3030  Topics in Cultural Studies  (4 Credits)  

This course offers students the opportunity to study an array of topics in Cultural Studies. Students should consult the term guides for specific offerings. This course may be repeated for credit with different topics.

Attributes: Liberal

CUST 3035  American Culture & Media  (4 Credits)  

This course examines the evolution of American culture over time and how it has and continues to be shaped through various media outlets. Students will reflect upon their individual perspectives and its influences through viewing media representations, readings and case studies of American culture, in order to critically examine the American culture concept. Students will also create and evaluate topic-relevant projects that demonstrate their understanding of media and communication concepts.

Attributes: Liberal

CUST 3040  Documentary Films in Social Discourse  (4 Credits)  

The documentary is a distinct genre of film that explores and presents cultural, political, and historical topics and issues. Documentary Films in Social Discourse will present the documentary as an evolutionary genre in distinct time and social contexts. The representations of these topics and issues include distinct points-of-view and meanings based on various environmental factors. The purpose of this course is to explore documentaries in order to further our understandings and critical analysis of this form of film genre. The course will examine the history and concept of documentary film as a form of non-fiction cinema. Students will review and analyze past and contemporary documentaries that address cultural, political, and historical topics and issues. We will assess the distinct ways that past and current documentaries present topics and issues based on influences of the eras, filmmakers’ dispositions, and varied audiences.

Attributes: Liberal

CUST 3045  Mass Communications & Society  (3-4 Credits)  

This course brings together many of the essential approaches which have been developed to explain the processes and structures of ‘mass communication’. The modern world is highly complex and individuals have become powerful consumers of media content. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the ubiquitous role of various media utilized by the public and its evolution over the last decades. The course examines the processes and streams of digital communications and its potential impact and patterns of communication flow. The course also explores selected themes and issues concerning the media environment in contemporary democratic societies.

Attributes: Liberal

CUST 3050  Identity in Literature & Film  (4 Credits)  

This course begins with a question: Is there an essential self? If not, then are our identity and gender are simply products of cultural determinants? Are they performance, rather than expressions of a core, personal selfhood? In this course, we will study texts, films and other cultural artifacts that seem to provoke these questions, even as they offer insights that may lead us to productive conclusions. We will pay particular attention to the status of literature in our own cultural context, and to its viability in a technological, consumer culture.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Liberal

CUST 3062  Jazz Age Literature Culture  (4 Credits)  

This course is an exploration of the literature and culture of America in the 1920s, and its relation to other manifestations of the material culture of the time, such as music, film, affluence and celebrity. By the end of the course, students should be more astute as a readers, viewers and listeners, more proficient as writers and should have enhanced their insight into the ways in which the literature of the ‘20s was a product of the cultural, social and political context.

Attributes: Liberal

CUST 3132  Baseball and American Culture  (4 Credits)  

The game of baseball has influenced American culture from its nineteenth century origins to the present day. Studying texts, music, and films, students learn how the game earned its well-deserved place as the “national pastime.

Attributes: Liberal

CUST 3147  Creativity Across the Disciplines  (4 Credits)  

In recent years, the relevance of creative thought has become a significant factor for success in business, education, life, technology, psychology, et al., as well as within the context of arts and culture, where creativity has traditionally been placed. The elements of the creative process across all disciplines include inspiration/need, sorting, juxtaposition, limitation, and justification/articulation. Students in this residency will explore the creative process across several disciplines utilizing multiple modes of learning. Through experiential workshops and assigned reading, students will make connections between perception, process, and implementation of creative thought. The ultimate goal is for students to develop an ability to recognize, understand, respect, articulate and use for their own creativity across disciplines. Despite being held in an arts venue, no background in the arts is necessary or required. Lerning Objectives: 1. demonstrate the ability to recognize, understand, respect, articulate and use their own creative process in personal and professional contexts. 2. demonstrate how the creative process works in different disciplines examining the questions: How does the influence of creative thought on a discipline change its form or function? How do the needs of a discipline influence creative thought?

Attributes: Liberal

CUST 3152  Queering American Culture  (4 Credits)  

Examine recent and historical forms of cultural representation in the U.S. (e.g., plays, novels, autobiographies, movies, television programming, comic strips, and/or other cultural texts) for what they say about LGBTQ+ lives in America. Questions that may be considered include: How are LGBTQ+ people represented in American culture? How do LGBTQ+ people seek to represent themselves? How has American culture always been queer? This course was previously CUL-243204. This course is cross listed with GSST 3152

Cross-listed with GSST 3152.

Attributes: Liberal

CUST 3157  Globalization: Business and Society in the Information Age  (4 Credits)  

Examine international trends and the nature of socio-technological change over the past 25 years. Develop skills to forecast current and future trends in business, employment, trade, capital and labor flows, human rights issues and politics.

Attributes: Liberal

CUST 3162  Frank Sinatra  (4 Credits)  

From his rise to stardom in the early 1940s, Frank Sinatra has been widely regarded by worldwide audiences and critics as the most admired and influential performer of the past century. This course explores his artistry in music and film, and his influence in American culture.

Attributes: Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

CUST 3165  Pop Culture & Childhood  (3 Credits)  

This course explores the impact of popular culture on children and adolescents. Attention will be paid to examining dominant themes in visual media, advertising, music, literature, video games and technology and the implications for the socialization processes of children. Specifically, this course will address the ways in which race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender and, socio-economic status are represented in popular culture and how these representations translate into identity development and the conceptualizations that youth have of themselves and others. Students will learn about the critical issues, institutions and “cultural gatekeepers” involved in the production, circulation and management of popular culture, and the ways in which young people engage with popular culture as part of a deeply meaningful shared culture experience.

Attributes: Social Science Gen Ed, Liberal

CUST 3167  African History & Culture  (4 Credits)  

This multidisciplinary approach to Africa studies the history of colonization and its impacts, case studies on different geographic regions of the continent, and such topical issues as AIDS, the environment, family and kinship, women and development, religion, and literature. Students engage in discussions, prepare case studies, and write short essays and a research paper. Prerequisites: Introductory coursework in world history, advanced level research and writing skills. This course was previously HIS-243344 African History and Culture.

Cross-listed with HIST 3010.

Attributes: Other World Civilization Gn Ed, Liberal

CUST 3172  Mythology & Modern Life  (4 Credits)  

Mythologies are part of collective communication and shared memories that give meaning to human experience. They may instruct in cultural norms, reveal lessons derived from nature, describe mystical experiences, or reflect historical events, illuminating individual identity as well as cultural views, practices, beliefs and values. We will investigate their continuing relevance to contemporary issues. This course was previously CUL-223104 Mythology and Modern Life.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Liberal

CUST 3177  Water: Local & Global Perspectives  (4 Credits)  

Water is the heart of life; its control is at the crux of ethical questions: can nature be owned? Are water rights human rights? We will analyze how these approaches to water play out in various ways, such as: ecologically, economically, and/or politically. We will investigate solutions and alternative ways of thinking about water and consider how to apply them locally and globally. This course was previously CUL-253424 Water: Local and Global Perspectives.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Liberal

CUST 3182  Exploring Place History: Advanced  (4 Credits)  

This advanced level research course gives students an opportunity to propose and carry out a semester long, self-directed, in-depth research agenda. The focus of the research is on place as a community in a geographical location or physical environment. Students can explore the local history of the place where they live (or some other place of interest and research, among other things, a particular topic or period of local history by engaging with historical scholarship, consulting local archives and historical societies and/or interviewing community members who have witnessed local history. Students also will collaborate with others interested in history, the arts, and culture to learn concepts for thinking about place as process, a coming together of nature and culture, the local and global and of issues ranging from gender, class, ethnicity and the environment to modernization, conservation, and preservation. This course was previously HIS-244774 Exploring Place: History.

Attributes: Liberal

CUST 3350  Modern China  (4 Credits)  

This study explores the modernization of China's culture, social relations, economy and politics during the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Students may investigate topics such as the collapse of China's imperial order in the face of alien invasion and internal rebellions; political, cultural and economic revolutions inspired by Western models; the history and evolution of the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party leadership of China since 1949; contemporary controversies regarding expanding democracy and human rights; etc. Prerequisites: Introductory level coursework in modern world history or Pacific Asia history is recommended.

Cross-listed with HIST 3350.

Attributes: Other World Civilization Gn Ed, Liberal

CUST 3380  Nature in American History  (4 Credits)  

This course explores the history of changing relationships between American culture and its environment, as that relationship has been manifest physically as well as conceptually. Students will gain familiarity with the main eras and episodes of American history as they relate to American culture’s grounding in nature: the European encounter with a (supposedly) virgin wilderness; the rapid exploitation of resources that accompanied westward and industrial expansion; the closing of the frontier and the development of resource conservationism; continued industrialization of the nature-culture relationship through nearly a century of war; the modern tension between economics and a concern for ecological health and balance. This course was previously HIS-243544 Nature in American History.

Cross-listed with HIST 3380.

Attributes: American History Gen Ed, Liberal

CUST 3425  Sex & Sexuality in Western Civilization  (4 Credits)  

Sex is a matter of intense interest, both personally and academically. This course is about sexuality and the way it has been represented, perceived, and experienced from the nineteenth century through to the present. Students will consider the ways that sexuality has been defined and how it defines categories of identity. Using history, literature, and theory, students will come to a clearer understanding of the ways that sexuality, as a category, has changed over time. Through readings and discussion, students will consider the cultural history of sexuality and its impact on the current sexual climate. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: the ability to think, read, and write at an advanced level. A course in gender, sexuality, or psychology would be helpful but there are no specific prerequisite courses. This course was previously HIS-244534 Sex and Sexuality in Western Civilization.

Attributes: Western Civilization Gen Ed, Liberal

CUST 3800  Internship with the Disabled  (4 Credits)  

The purpose of this Internship is to provide tutoring services to students from “Lifestyles for the Disabled”. Interns will be expected to assist these students from our Community Partnership with their analyses of the literature and with the writing they will be doing in order to decode the meaning of literary works. A Special Education teacher and an Assistant teacher will accompany the students each week.

Attributes: Liberal

CUST 3996  Special Topics in Cultural Stu  (1-8 Credits)  
CUST 3998  Individualized Studies in Cultural Studies (CUST)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Cultural Studies (CUST). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

CUST 4005  Exploring Place: Arts  (4 Credits)  

Learn about arts, crafts, and/or artistic or artisanal practices of the place you live (or some other place of interest), whether you define that place as a neighborhood, a whole village or town or city, a geographical region, or a watershed. Important Note: this course overlaps with Exploring Place: Humanities and Exploring Place: History. No more than one of these three should be included in a degree program. This course was previously ART-224754 Exploring Place: Arts.

Attributes: Arts Gen Ed, Liberal

CUST 4010  Exploring Place: Humanities  (4 Credits)  

Learn about the culture of the place you live (or some other place of interest), whether you define that place as a neighborhood, a whole village or town or city, a geographical region, or a watershed. Note: this course overlaps with Exploring Place: Arts and Exploring Place: History. Students interested more in the artistic cultural aspects (including visual culture, say, or music) of place should take Exploring Place: Arts. No more than one of these three should be included in a degree program. This course was previously CUL-224764 Exploring Place: Humanities.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Liberal

CUST 4020  Medical Humanities  (4 Credits)  

This class-which should be of interest to Humanities students, but also to Pre-Med, Nursing, and Health Sciences students, as well as students in other health-related fields-will explore critically important questions about health, illness, and the practice of medicine. We will consider the ways that medical practitioners and patients tell their stories, and locate these in their social, cultural, and historical contexts. We will also consider the ethical questions to which these narratives lead. This course was previously CUL-254154 Medical Humanities.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Liberal

CUST 4122  Crossing Boundaries: Space Place and Identity in Black Women's Writings  (4 Credits)  

This study provides students with an opportunity to explore how Black women's experiences distinctively articulate negotiations of identity and belonging within transnational contexts. Using literary and cultural narratives, the study will pursue analyses of the construction of female subjectivity and draw attention to specialized knowledge created by Black women's experiences in political, cultural, social and economics terms - whether they occur in Africa, the Caribbean, North/Central/South America or Europe.

Attributes: Liberal

CUST 4998  Individualized Studies in Cultural Studies (CUST)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Cultural Studies (CUST). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.