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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.
AMST210
Introduction to Ethnography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Repeatable to 3 credits.
A qualitative research method course used to study social worlds communities, cultures, institutions, and other social groups from the perspectives of the people who inhabit those social worlds. Ethnographic research involves understanding cultural traditions from an insider's perspective by studying the everyday lives of people steeped in those traditions.
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."
AMST262
Houses, Schools, and Prisons in American Life
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
This interdisciplinary course explores the role of property, discipline, and punishment in American life. By exploring the ideological underpinnings in property, discipline, and punishment and their manifestations in houses, schools, and prisons we will explore how these entities reflect American society and its values.
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.
AMST328G
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; The Art of Black Social Movements: Marcus Garvey to Black Lives Matter
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as ENGL368K. Credit granted for AMST328G or ENGL368K.
AMST328K
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Gender, Labor, and Racial Identity in Diaspora Communities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AASP398G. Credit only granted for AASP398G or AMST328K.
AMST328M
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Black Baltimore in the Post Racial U.S.: African American Urban Culture in the Age of Obama
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AASP398Q. Credit only granted for AASP398Q or AMST328M.
AMST328N
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Introduction to American Indian Cultures of the U.S.
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as ANTH468F and RELS319N. Credit granted for AMST328N, ANTH468F or RELS319N. This course surveys the cultures and the historical and contemporary struggles of indigenous peoples of the United States, with a focus on understanding and contrasting the sacred worldviews of indigenous peoples of the U.S. and beyond with the worldviews of both western science and Christianity. It challenges participants to learn more about these worldviews--and about their own worldviews and identities-- through a life-history-based, ethnographic research approach as well as through course readings and class activities and discussions
AMST328T
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Make Some Noise: Black Protest Music Since 1964
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AMST328U
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; African American Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AASP398C and ENGL317. Credit granted for AASP398C, AMST328U, or ENGL317.
AMST328V
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Growing Up Asian American: The Asian Immigrant Family and the Second Generation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AAST398E. Credit granted for AMST328V or AAST398E.
AMST328Y
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; The Lion and the Man: Frederick Douglass's Life and Times
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST319I. Credit granted for AMST328Y or HIST319I.
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
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.
AMST418F
Cultural Themes in America; Asian American Oral History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AAST498F. Credit granted for AMST418F or AAST498F.
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.
AMST418K
Cultural Themes in America; Film and American Landscape
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
AMST418N
Cultural Themes in America; Asian American Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DVCC
Also offered as AAST498M. Credit granted for AAST498M or AMST418N.
AMST428P
American Cultural Eras; Power, Paranoia, and Politics in Postwar Film and Popular Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AMST429D
Perspectives on Popular Culture; Black Masculinities in Art, Music, and Dance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AASP498K. Credit only granted for AASP498K or AMST429D.
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.
AMST498J
Special Topics in American Studies; Asian American Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as AAST443. Credit granted for AMST498J or AAST443.
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
AMST629U
Seminar in American Studies; Introduction to Digital Studies in the Arts and Humanities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as MITH610. Credit granted for AMST629U or MITH610. Digital Studies is an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and teaching that combines the critical study of new forms of digital media, culture, and identity with creative practices and the application of computational tools to areas of humanistic study. While it is often hands-on or applied, Digital Studies also demands approaches that are primarily critical, theoretical, speculative, or experimental- imaginative-in nature. Broadly speaking then, Digital Studies is a response to the widespread influence of digital media across nearly every aspect of contemporary life; more specifically, it recognizes that teaching, research, and scholarship in the arts and humanities cannot and will not remain isolated from the networks, platforms, and media providers all around us. This course is designed to introduce you to several different (and divergent) topics and practices in this diverse, complex, and rapidly changing area.
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
(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
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AMST899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.