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Courses - Spring 2019
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.
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.
AMST212
Diversity in American Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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."
AMST298C
Introduction to Asian American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as AAST200. Credit granted for AMST298C or AAST200. The aggregate experience of Asian Pacific Americans, from developments in the countries of origin to their contemporary issues. The histories of Asian Pacific American groups as well as culture, politics, the media, and stereotypes, viewed from an interdisciplinary perspective.
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.
AMST340
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
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AMST398
(Perm Req)
Independent Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
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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.
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AMST418K
Cultural Themes in America; Film and American Landscape
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
AMST428P
American Cultural Eras; Power, Paranoia, and Politics in Postwar Film and Popular Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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.
AMST498P
Special Topics in American Studies; Race and Nation in Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as USLT498C. Credit only granted for USLT498C or AMST498P.
AMST603
Current Approaches to American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (American Studies (Master's); American Studies (Doctoral)) . Or permission of ARHU-American Studies department; and permission of instructor.
Builds on AMST601 and explores contemporary literature, theory, and intellectual issues in American Studies.
AMST628D
Seminar in American Studies; Feminist Cultural Criticism of Diasporic Texts
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
AMST629K
Seminar in American Studies; Gentrification and the Politics of Displacement
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
AMST698
(Perm Req)
Directed Readings in American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
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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
(Perm Req)
Museum Scholarship Practicum
Credits: 3 - 6
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
American Studies Pedagogy Mentoring; Mentoring for First Year Teaching in American Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F, Aud
AMST878B
American Studies Pedagogy Mentoring; Mentoring for Second Year Teaching in American Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F, Aud
AMST878C
American Studies Pedagogy Mentoring; Mentoring for Third Year Teaching in American Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F, Aud
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
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