Graduate course to take students 'On the Road Again'

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Graduate course to take students 'On the Road Again'

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Office of Graduate Studies has added a new class to the Spring 2015 schedule for its Master of Arts in American Studies degree program that will take the students “On the Road Again.”

“The Road as Icon in and for the American Experience,” AMST 5180, will be taught by Dr. Clarence Johnson, an adjunct instructor at Northwestern who also teaches undergraduate courses in English. The three-credit-hour class will originate from the Alva campus in Industrial Education 126 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:25 to 4:40 p.m. starting Jan. 12, 2015. The class also is available via ITV in Enid, Woodward, Ponca City and at Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

Johnson describes this class to be “a raucous, and sometimes startling, exploration of the road as the standard for the American Experience from Willie Nelson and Jack Kerouac to William Faulkner and the “Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

Students in the class will read and discuss six novels including “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy, “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac, “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner and “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck.

Three movies also will be shown and discussed including “Thelma and Louise,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Nebraska.”
Johnson said poetry by Robert Frost, Walt Whitman and selected prose from Jack London and Washington Irving will be a part of the class, as well as music from the 1920s to the present, including contemporary country and the tunes of Max Stalling and Oklahoma’s own Woody Guthrie.

For more information on other academic requirements for this class contact Johnson at or in Vinson Hall 116. Questions about the American Studies degree or the graduate program at Northwestern should be directed to Dr. Shawn Holliday, associate dean of graduate studies, at, (580) 327-8589 or in Education Center 103.

Other courses in the undergraduate and graduate areas can be found online at Enrollment is now open through Jan. 21. Spring semester classes begin Jan. 12, 2015.