FYS 101 L112 & L113 Baseball & American Society
This seminar will focus on the prominent role the national pastime has played in American society. Through an interdisciplinary approach, we will explore how the history of baseball, writings about baseball, and the playing of the national pastime reflect and shape American values, social conflicts and identity. Additionally, we will look at how the game has touched each one of us, whether we think it has or not. Students do not need to understand the rules or strategies of the game; the course is intended for both novices and die-hard fans. Baseball will be the lens through which we examine history, class, race, assimilation, labor, language, scandal, fashion, the changing notion of "hero," and more.