Beck has taught in a variety of disciplines: American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, African-American Studies, and English. While she uses varying pedagogical strategies, there is always an emphasis on her holy trinity of teaching: experience, application, and creation. A firm believer in combining theory with action, she incorporates service-learning work into courses when appropriate and creates assignments that develop research and technological literacies.
AM 374: Senior Seminar
This required course for senior majors in American Studies, offers an exploration of primary and secondary sources in the interdisciplinary examination of a particular topic of your choosing in American culture. Students will pursue a major research project and write a thesis that may serve as the preparation for an honors thesis project. Pursuant to this, students will build an annotated bibliography of extant literature, determine suitable methodological approaches to their subject(s) of inquiry, develop a literature review, and craft original arguments in a thesis-length analytic paper (45-55 pages).