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CAT 87 and CAT 192

UC San Diego offers one-unit first-year and senior seminars to provide students with an opportunity to meet with faculty in a small class environment. They are taught by senior UC San Diego faculty and researchers and are limited to twenty students. The seminars are taught by faculty in their fields of expertise and explore topics of intellectual importance. Students participate in critical discussion with a small group of peers and faculty. Topics differ every quarter. Students must request departmental approval through the Enrollment Authorization System in order to enroll in CAT 87 or CAT 192.

Winter 2023 Courses

Sing Your Song: Movie Musicals and American Popular Culture

Phoebe Bronstein

Associate Teaching Professor, CAT
Monday 12:00-12:50 p.m.

From Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (1930s) to School Daze (1988), Bride and Prejudice (2004), and more recent live-action movie musicals like The Little Mermaid (new) and Into the Woods, musicals have long held an important space in American popular culture. Their songs have topped pop charts and they have been huge box office successes, even as the genre itself has evolved and developed. This discussion-based seminar will explore the history of the genre, its adaptation over the last century of filmmaking, and its lasting impact in American popular culture.