Young Americans

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Young Americans
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139: W 5:00 - 7:30 PM
Fall 2017
The Arts

From the Lost Generation through Generation Y, this course will chronologically cover youth culture in modern America.  Students will study the adolescent behaviors, styles, and values of a variety of generations and subcultures in order to gain an understanding of the teenagers' expressions of identity as well as the impact left on the mainstream adult culture.  We will consider novels, short stories, films, historical documents, and articles concerning the subject or representation of children and teenagers growing up in the United States of America during the 20th and early 21st centuries.

Throughout the course we will be covering a wide range of topics in youth culture and, we will strive to understand the issues from the perspectives of the young Americans.  Students will be expected to complete a variety of writing assignments responding to assigned texts, as well as engage in discussions on the materials

KC Clemens is a Senior Lecturer in her home department, English, where she has taught courses in film and writing since 2010.  Her focuses include Youth Culture, Children's and Young Adult Films and Literature, Global Kids, Generational Theory, Latina/o Literature, and Popular Culture.  Within the First Year Seminar program, she has designed and taught a course called "Young Americans" which focuses on 100 years of youth culture and utilizes films, articles, historical documents, graphic novels, and stories.  
In her free time she advises the Film Club on ASU's campus and the International English Honors Society (Sigma Tau Delta).  Formerly, she has cared for severely special needs dogs (with liver, kidney, bladder, and seizure issues), but is now taking a break.  She is still part of a Global community that raises awareness about pets with chronic diseases.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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