Origins—Beginnings, Events, and Trajectories Study cultural texts related to the making of the U.S. and the Americas in their myriad beginnings, turning points, and orientations toward the future. Possible topics include indigeneity, imperialism, settlement, political founding, property, war, religion, slavery, abolition, suffrage, civil rights, and free speech.
Identities—Places, Communities, and Environments Study narratives about people and places across the diverse geographies of the Americas, both local and global. Possible topics include cities, suburbs, rural life, regions, borders, immigration, migration, oceans, wilderness, ecosystems, schools, churches, and prisons.
Media—Aesthetics, Genres, and Technologies Study the creative process as it manifests itself in aesthetic forms, artistic movements, and information systems. Possible topics include romanticism, transcendentalism, realism, modernism, post-modernism, science fiction, architecture, music, visual arts, performance, film, television, and the internet.