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Courses - Summer 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.
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.
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
AMST328W
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Asian American Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AAST398L. Credit granted for AMST328W or AAST398L.

This course explores how Asian Americans have historically been represented in the U.S. by Hollywood, and in turn, how independent and Hollywood Asian American filmmakers have represented themselves. It covers the history of racial, gendered, and sexualized representations of Asian Americans in Hollywood, as well as Asian American filmic responses within and outside Hollywood. It also introduces how four basic tools of film analysis mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing and sound work together to create meaning in moving images. It examines how these elements are put together in three different types of films by Asian American filmmakers: narrative, documentary, and experimental. How films function in society to circulate ideas that reproduce and challenge stereotypes about Asian Americans.
AMST386
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-American Studies department; and junior standing or higher.
AMST498Z
Special Topics in American Studies; Globalization and Gendered Migrations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as AMST498Z. Credit only granted for USLT498X or AMST498Z.

This course will explore how scholars have theorized and defined the process of contemporary globalization and its consequences. Students will look at the relationship between local communities and the global economic and political forces that affect the daily lives of many Latina/os in the United States. Although this class has a United States and Latina/o focus, we will also move beyond the U.S. borders and talk about other immigrant and refugee groups that live and work in the same neighborhoods and workplaces in which Latina/os live and toil. Themes of the course include, but are not limited to, theories and approaches to globalization, refugees, sexuality and family along the border, transnational families, gendered migrations, sweatshops, intimate labor, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
AMST798
(Perm Req)
Non-Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AMST799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
AMST899
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.