University of Chicago Course Options

Karla Scherer Multidisciplinary Graduate Seminar

Since 2008, the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture has sponsored an annual seminar course that surveys the rich and varied study of American culture as it is currently practiced at the University of Chicago. It provides a unique forum for the interaction of students and faculty from different departments and disciplines. In previous years, the Scherer seminar has enrolled a dynamic mix of students from graduate programs in the Humanities, the Social Sciences, the Divinity School, and the Law School. (The course is cross-listed in those divisions, as well as in Divinity and Law.) Each year, seminar students discuss eight recently published books with Chicago faculty who hold appointments across the University, including Anthropology, Art History, the Booth School of Business, Cinema and Media Studies, the Divinity School, English, Economics, History, the Law School, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Thought, and Sociology. Our guests have included path-breaking junior faculty who have just published first books, field-defining senior faculty, scholars, artists, Nobel Prize winners and a former University president.


American Studies Courses

In addition to the annual Scherer Center Seminar course, the Center helps students coordinate programs of study on American topics. 

Please note: the course numbers for all American Studies classes are the same as the parent department, but simply substite the AMER prefix.