Goucher College 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalogue 
    Jul 18, 2024  
Goucher College 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalogue PLEASE NOTE: This is an archived catalog. Programs are subject to change each academic year.

AMS 497 - Capstone in American Studies (2 Cr.)

This course is organized around the idea that moving forward begins with looking backward. It asks you to engage deeply and complexly with your undergraduate careers as American Studies Majors in preparation for life and work after graduation. The first half of the semester will focus on developing your awareness of your own path through American Studies as a distinctive path and being able to situate this path in the context of the field. We will use eportfolios to collect, study, and share these reflections. This part of the course will culminate in an intellectual autobiography. Through conversations with alumni, presentations by employers, and informational interviews, the second half of the course will invite you to think about and see your futures more clearly. This half of the course will culminate in a cover letter you can use for job or graduate school applications and a modified version of the elevator pitch: a 3-minute video where you demonstrate your skill at answering the inevitable question - - “What can you do with an American Studies Major?” – with a crisp, clear, summary of the specific skills you’ve acquired and the paths you see open to you. Prerequisites: AMS 205 - Issues in American Studies (2 Cr.)  and senior standing. Spring. Marchand.