Syllabi and Assignments

Since the publication of the first edition in 2007, thousands of students have read Keywords for American Cultural Studies in courses across a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields, and at every level from first-year writing courses to advanced graduate seminars.

The materials on this page supplement our “Note on Classroom Use” by providing examples of how instructors have used Keywords for American Cultural Studies and, in some cases, the Keywords Collaboratory in their courses.

If you have found a way to use the publication or Collaboratory in your courses, please send your syllabus or assignment to, along with the information included in other sample syllabi and sample assignments on this site.

Course Planning: Questions and Considerations

Sample Syllabi and Assignments

“Major Developments in American Culture,” Fordham University, Glenn Hendler

“Reading Fiction (Survey Literature Course),” University of Washington Seattle, Deborah Kimmey

“Diversity and Power; Gender, Race, and Class in the United States,” University of Iowa, Naomi Greyser, Aniruddha Dutta, and Aimee Carrillo Rowe

“Formations of Cultural Studies,” University of Washington Bothell, Bruce Burgett and Ron Krabill

Additional Samples Available in the Keywords Collaboratory

“Virtual Worlds and Video Games,” University of Washington Seattle, Ed Chang

“Examining Whiteness/The Power of the Page,” Cornell University, Brigitte Fielder and Jonathan Senchyne

“American Literature: Texts and Contexts,” Ursinus College, Patricia Schroeder

“Slavery, Empire, and the Black Atlantic,” UCLA, Steve Tobias


Special thanks to Deborah Kimmey who developed or compiled many of the materials published on this page, including the note on course planning and several of the sample syllabi and assignments.