The Department of American Culture exposes students to the interdisciplinary study of U.S. society and culture. Our courses integrate a rich array of materials, themes, and approaches from many fields: not only historical and literary study, but also visual studies, musicology, film and media, anthropology, and others. The curriculum of the Department emphasizes the multicultural diversity of American society, paying particular attention to ethnic, gender, and other forms of social difference and inequality. At the same time, it stresses the importance of studying U.S. nationhood, including Americans’ (sometimes conflicting) ideals and experiences of what it means to be American. Our courses are designed to explore these issues in both historical and contemporary settings.
Policy Regarding Waitlists and Overrides
- All American Culture (AMCULT) courses will have electronic waitlists on Wolverine Access. Students interested in an American Culture course that has filled should add their name to the appropriate waitlist online.
- From the first day of registration until the last business day before the first day of classes, a member of the AC staff will monitor enrollments and note any waitlisted courses that have spaces available.
- When available, a member of the AC staff will issue an override for each open space in a waitlisted course. Students who are officially declared AC-affiliated majors or minors will be given priority for overrides in 300-level and higher courses. If there are no officially declared AC-affiliated majors or minors on the waitlist, overrides will be issued according to waitlist order.
- For AMCULT 100 and 200-level courses, priority for overrides will be given to freshmen and sophomores, unless otherwise noted by the instructor.
- The overrides issued will have an expiration date of 48 hours (including weekends). If the student does not accept the override within that time frame, it will expire. This will allow the staff member to offer the space to the next eligible student on the waitlist, who will then have 48 hours to enroll.
Please note: the expiration date will be one week (including weekends) when classes are not in session.
- If all students on a given waitlist have been given an opportunity to enroll, but do not do so, a member of the AC staff will ask the Registrar’s Office to drop them from said waitlist. This will allow the class to reopen for registration.
- Once classes begin, no overrides will be issued without the consent of the instructor for the course. S/he has final authority on whether or not to issue overrides. Students may print off a request for electronic override form and return it with the required information and signatures to 3700 Haven Hall for processing.
Students should also be advised of the following:
- Registration on an American Culture waitlist does not guarantee that
- the student will be given an override into the class at any time, or
- the student who is first on the waitlist will be the first person offered an override.
- Students can only waitlist for one section of a particular class. In other words, if there are multiple discussion sections for a lecture/discussion course, the student must waitlist for the section s/he wants the most.
- Prior to the start of classes, we will not give special consideration for overrides based on seniority, as upperclassmen already have priority to enroll or join waitlists because their registration appointments are early in the add/drop period.
Questions? E-mail the undergraduate assistant.
Unless otherwise stated, the permission required for the repetition for credit of specifically designated courses is that of the student's department or BGS advisor.
Courses in Ojibwe
A full sequence of Ojibwe cannot be guaranteed. Students must consult with the American Culture main office before undertaking Ojibwe to satisfy the College language requirement. Students interested in enrolling in the first-year elementary Ojibwe course, AMCULT 222, must submit an application for admission to the course. Applications are available in the Department of American Culture office, 3700 Haven Hall.