Perspectives and methods for making sense of mainstream middle-class American society; American ways of being-in-the-world, of believing, behaving, and belonging; American cultural themes.
- Develop an enhanced understanding of what it means to be American.
- Learn how to use the stories Americans tell about themselves as portholes through which to peer into the ordinarily invisible world of American culture.
- Be able to describe the values, beliefs, and attitudes that shape and color how Americans perceive and act in the world, that inform American social and political life as well as individual psychology.
- Demonstrate theability to think soundly, to communicate effectively, and to write a clear and convincing memoir of a specific American experience that reveals a particular, readily identifiable aspect of American culture.