The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

BLS 361: American Dreams

American Dreams

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired many Americans with his "I have a dream" vision of American identity. The question confronting this seminar is: Today, do we have an American Dream? During the past few decades, this question of American identity has emerged all around us in the series of debates about immigration, racial preference, education, family values, and the writing of American history. Are we citizens of the United States now, or have we ever been a nation? Multiculturalists have argued that American identity or nationhood is a repressive political myth. Opponents of multiculturalism have responded that Americanism is a timely or timeless set of ideals embodied in the principles at work in our federal republican democracy. Though they differ in their characterization of this issue, parties to it agree that both American cultural unity and diversity present us with both promises and problems. Readings will include historical, novelistic, and dramatic explorations of American identity.

Textbook Requirements

BLS Program Notes

Spring 2014 Class Dates
BLS Session 1 (POT A)
• 13 Jan: Session Begins
• 15 Jan: Add/Drop Ends
• 05 Feb: W Deadline
• 28 Feb: Session Ends
BLS Session 2 (POT B)
• 03 Mar: Session Begins
• 05 Mar: Add/Drop Ends
• 03 Apr: W Deadline
• 38 Apr: Session Ends
Full Semester (POT 1)
• 13 Jan: Session Begins
• 17 Jan: Add/Drop Ends
• 07 Mar: W Deadline
• 29 Apr: Session Ends
• 07 May: Exams End

Congratulations to our December 2014 Graduates!
Aaron Baldwin
Beverly Brownlee
Lauren Casey
Roy Collie ***
Corrine Collinson
Brianna DeCarmine
Holli Duke
Laura Frantz *
Laura Hibberts
Kristina Hill **
Amanda Johnson
Amy Lomellini ***
Tracy Matthews
Jacquelyn McKenna ***
Christina Merrill
Pamela Myers
Bridgette Noll ***
Mackenzie Ratledge
Krystal Reynolds
Eva Richardson-Rivers
Shela Smiley
Jessica Trotman
Kelly Vogel-Dye

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