AMST - American Studies

AMST101 Introduction American Studies (3 Credits)

Introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of American Studies by examining concepts such as culture, identity, cultural practices, and globalization, as well as theories underlying these concepts. Engages key themes, especially constructions of difference and identity, cultures of everyday life, and America and the world.

Credit Only Granted for: AMST101 or AMST201.

Formerly: AMST201.

AMST120 Race, Gender, and the Global Economy (3 Credits)

An exploration of the building blocks of the global economy (e.g. free trade, financial institutions) in relation to racial and gender difference, hierarchies, and ideologies.

AMST202 Cultures of Everyday Life in America (3 Credits)

Examine the structures and patterns of everyday life in the U.S., utilizing methods such as ethnography, oral history, survey research, and textual, visual, and material cultural analysis.

AMST203 Popular Culture in America (3 Credits)

An introduction to American popular culture, its historical development, and its role as a reflection of and influence on our culture and society.

AMST204 Film and American Culture Studies (3 Credits)

Exploration of the American film from a historical perspective, illustrating the motion picture's role as an institutional phenomenon, as a form of communication, and as a source of cross-cultural study.

AMST205 Material Aspects of American Life (3 Credits)

Historical survey of American material culture. Ways of describing and interpreting accumulated material evidence (e.g., buildings, town plans) introduced by stressing relationship between artifact and culture.

AMST207 Contemporary American Cultures (3 Credits)

World views, values, and social systems of contemporary American cultures explored through readings on selected groups such as middle-class suburbanites, old order Amish, and urban tramps.

AMST212 Diversity in American Culture (3 Credits)

Exploration of the role of diversity in the shaping of American culture. Special emphasis will be placed on the multicultural origins of American popular and material culture, such as foodways and entertainment, and on the experience of "Americanization."

AMST260 American Culture in the Information Age (3 Credits)

Examines the ways in which content and form of public information interact with the culture, families & individuals.

Credit Only Granted for: AMST260 or AMST298I.

Formerly: AMST298I.

AMST269 Special Topics in Study Abroad II (1-6 Credits)

Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

Repeatable to: 15 credits if content differs.

AMST298 Selected Topics in American Studies (3 Credits)

Cultural study of a specific theme or issue involving artifacts and documents from both past and contemporary American experience.

Repeatable to: 6 credits if content differs.

AMST328 Perspectives on Identity and Culture (3 Credits)

Analysis of the cultural aspect of identity formation and the role of individual or community identities in cultural production. Examination of cultural texts such as film, literature, fashion, artifacts, archival records, architecture, monuments, sports, and paintings.

Repeatable to: 9 credits if content differs.

AMST340 Introduction to History, Theories and Methods in American Studies (3 Credits)

Introduction to the process of interdisciplinary research, including research literatures, questions, first-hand sources and library and analytic methods in American Studies. Each student will craft a prospectus for original research.

Prerequisite: Must have completed AMST201; and 2 courses in AMST.

Restriction: Must be in American Studies program; and sophomore standing or higher.

AMST369 Special Topics in Study Abroad III (1-6 Credits)

Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

Repeatable to: 15 credits if content differs.

AMST386 Experiential Learning (3-6 Credits)

AMST388 Honors Thesis (3-6 Credits)

Individual research, thesis and oral defense. The research project will be conducted under the supervision of a faculty member.

Restriction: Must be admitted to AMST honors program; and permission of ARHU-American Studies department; and senior standing.

Repeatable to: 6 credits if content differs.

AMST398 Independent Studies (1-3 Credits)

Provides the student with the opportunity to pursue independent, interdisciplinary research and reading in specific areas of American culture studies.

Restriction: Permission of ARHU-American Studies department.

Repeatable to: 6 credits if content differs.

AMST418 Cultural Themes in America (3 Credits)

Examination of structure and development of American culture through themes such as "growing up American," "culture and mental disorders," "race," "ethnicity," "regionalism," "landscape," and "humor."

Repeatable to: 6 credits if content differs.

AMST428 American Cultural Eras (3 Credits)

Investigation of a decade, period, or generation as a case study in significant social change within an American context. Case studies include "Antebellum America, 1840-1860" and "American culture in the Great Depression."

Repeatable to: 6 credits if content differs.

AMST429 Perspectives on Popular Culture (3 Credits)

Topics in popular culture studies, including the examination of particular genres, themes, and issues.

Repeatable to: 6 credits if content differs.

AMST450 Seminar in American Studies (3 Credits)

Developments in theories and methods of American Studies scholarship, with emphasis upon interaction between the humanities and the social sciences in the process of cultural analysis and evaluation.

Prerequisite: AMST201 and AMST340; and 1 course in AMST.

Restriction: Senior standing; and must be in American Studies program.

AMST498 Special Topics in American Studies (3 Credits)

Topics of special interest.

Repeatable to: 9 credits if content differs.

AMST499 Independent Studies (1-3 Credits)

Provides the student with the opportunity to pursue independent, interdisciplinary research and reading in specific areas of American culture studies.

Restriction: Permission of ARHU-American Studies department; and must be in American Studies program.

Repeatable to: 6 credits if content differs.