Open to all students without prerequisite. This course is an in-depth study of a subject chosen from topics dealing with American culture, varying from year to year. The course is interdisciplinary in nature, combining material across traditional areas of knowledge, such as science and history, art and archaeology, or technology and literature. In addition, it teaches the art of close reading and analytical writing. The course will be a study of selected topics in American Studies focusing on one or more of the following subjects in the United States and/or its sphere of influence: culture, sense of place, institutions, identity, performance, history, etc. The course may be repeated for credit if the topic differs.