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Courses - Fall 2018
AMST
American Studies Department Site
AMST101
Introduction American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Credit only granted for: AMST101 or AMST201.
Formerly: AMST201.
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.
AMST202
Cultures of Everyday Life in America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
GenEd: DSHS
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
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
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
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
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
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HA
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
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.
AMST289A
Shifting Sands: Constructing Cultural Mainstreams and Margins in the U.S.
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO, D
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP, SCIS
AMST298C
Introduction to Asian American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
CORE: SB, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as AAST200. Credit granted for AAST200 or AMST298C.
AMST298Q
Selected Topics in American Studies; U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as ENGL235. Credit granted for ENGL235 or AMST298Q.
AMST328E
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Afro-Latinx Diasporas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as USLT320. Credit only granted for AMST328E or USLT320.

Examines the history of the African diaspora and the Afro-Latinx populations in the United States. Explores transnational migrations, comparative slave systems, labor, community formation, gender, sexuality, popular culture, and the changing meanings of blackness and latinidad.
AMST328J
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Filipino American History and Biography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered ad AAST398D. Credit granted for AAST398D or AMST328J.

Focus is placed on Filipino American experiences with an emphasis on identity, community building and organizing to influence public policy We will cover pertinent events from the US and Philippine history in order to understand the impact of colonialism, migration, immigration and assimilation on Filipino Americans.
AMST340
(Perm Req)
Introduction to History, Theories and Methods in American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Must have completed AMST201; and 2 courses in AMST.
Restriction: Must be in American Studies program; and sophomore standing or higher.
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.
AMST386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-American Studies department; and junior standing or higher.
AMST388
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AMST398
(Perm Req)
Independent Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AMST418H
(Perm Req)
Cultural Themes in America; Cultural Themes in America-Honors
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: At least three credit hours of prior coursework in AMST.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AMST450
(Perm Req)
Seminar in American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: AMST201 and AMST340; and 1 course in AMST.
Restriction: Senior standing; and must be in American Studies program.
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.
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.
AMST498C
Special Topics in American Studies; Central Americans and the United States: Culture, Politics, and Community
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as USLT498D. Credit granted for USLT498D or AMST498C.
AMST498E
Special Topics in American Studies; Race and Reproduction
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as AASP499C, SOCY498F, and WMST428C. Credit only granted for AASP499C, AMST498E, SOCY498F, or WMST428C.
AMST498L
Special Topics in American Studies; Native Americans and U.S. Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
AMST498Q
Special Topics in American Studies; Asian American Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as AAST498J and PSYC489Z. Credit only granted for AAST498J, AMST498Q, or PSYC489Z.

This course provides students with an understanding of the ecological influences on Asian American psychological well-being. It begins with the individual, covering topics relating to various social identities pertaining to Asian Americans. Moving outward, it highlights family and peer relationships. At the community and cultural level, the course focuses on the process of migration and acculturation. Finally, it concludes with a discussion of social advocacy, service provisions and cultural competency. Also offered as AAST498J. Credit granted for AMST498Q or AAST498J.
AMST498W
Special Topics in American Studies; Globalization and the Diversifying US
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as USLT498N and IMMR419J. Credit granted for USLT498N, AMST498W, or IMMR419J. Prerequisite: At least three credit hours of prior coursework in AMST.
AMST601
Introductory Theories and History in American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must not be a Graduate Advanced Special Student.
Explores the formative literature, theories, research approaches, and history of American Studies.
AMST628T
Seminar in American Studies; Queer Theories
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Examines queer theory as both a specific set of philosophical and literary-critical approaches as well as a broader mode of critique that has emerged out of diverse intellectual, activist, and cultural contexts. At the core of the class is an examination of the pressure queer places on identity, normativity, and liberalism. This includes looking at the relationship between queer theory and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identities; adopting an intersectional approach to the study of norms; and tracing theories of the self and the group. The class includes both foundational and new scholarship from across the inter-disciplines.
AMST655
Introduction to Museum Scholarship
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as: HIST610, ANTH655.
Credit only granted for: AMST655, ANTH655, or HIST610.
Provides students a basic understanding of museums as cultural and intellectual institutions. Topics include the historical development of museums, museums as resources for scholarly study, and the museum exhibition as medium for presentation of scholarship.
AMST698
(Perm Req)
Directed Readings in American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AMST798
Non-Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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AMST799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
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AMST856
Museum Research Seminar
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: AMST655.
Also offered as: ANTH856, HIST810.
Credit only granted for: AMST856, HIST810, or ANTH856.
A research seminar focusing on the practice and presentation of cultura and historical scholarship in museums and historical sites. Students will complete an original research project on the challenges and opportunities of public exhibition and interpretation of cultural and historical research.
AMST857
Museum Scholarship Practicum
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: AMST856; and permission of Museum Scholarship Program required.
Also offered as: ANTH857, HIST811.
Credit only granted for: AMST857, ANTH857, or HIST811.
Students devise and carry out a research program using the collections at the Smithsonian Institution or some other cooperating museum, working under joint supervision of a museum professional and a university faculty member.
AMST878A
(Perm Req)
American Studies Pedagogy Mentoring; Mentoring for First Year Teaching in American Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
Prerequisite: permission of department and must be a current AMST teaching assistant.
AMST878B
(Perm Req)
American Studies Pedagogy Mentoring; Mentoring for Second Year Teaching in American Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
Prerequisite: permission of department and must be a current AMST teaching assistant.
AMST878C
(Perm Req)
American Studies Pedagogy Mentoring; Mentoring for Third Year Teaching in American Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
Prerequisite: permission of department and must be a current AMST teaching assistant.
AMST898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
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AMST899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.