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Courses - Fall 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.
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.
AMST262
Houses, Schools, and Prisons in American Life
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
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
CORE: SB, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with: AAST200.
Credit only granted for: AAST200 or AMST298C.
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.
AMST298D
Selected Topics in American Studies; Martin Luther King, Jr.
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Jointly offered with HIST189D and AASP298M. Credit granted for HIST189D, AASP298M, or AMST298D.
AMST298I
Selected Topics in American Studies; Islam in/and America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with AAST298A and HIST219V. Credit granted for AMST298I, AAST298A, or HIST219V.
AMST298Q
U.S. Latinx Literature and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with: ENGL235.
Credit only granted for: ENGL235 or AMST298Q.
Examines the poetry, prose, and theater of Latinx communities in the United States from their origins in the Spanish colonization of North America to their ongoing development in the 21st century. Considers how authors use literary form to gain insight into human experience, including mortality, religious belief, gender and sexuality, war and peace, family, language use, scientific inquiry, cultural tradition, ecology, and labor. Also studies how Latinx literary traditions have shaped and been shaped by broader currents in American literature, as well as what connections exist between Latinx literature and social and artistic developments in other parts of the world, particularly Latin America and the Caribbean. Authors may include Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, Eulalia Perez, Juan Nepomuceno Seguin, Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Jose Marti, Arthur A. Schomburg, Jesus Colon, Julia de Burgos, Cesar Chavez, Ariel Dorfman, Gloria Anzaldua, Junot Diaz, and Cristina Garcia.
Cross-listed with ENGL235. Credit granted for ENGL235 or AMST298Q.
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.
AMST328L
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with AAST398F. Credit granted for AMST328L or AAST398F.

Introduces students to the study of race and ethnicity in the United States. Through readings, film clips, and presentations, we explore how the concept of race has developed and endured over time through institutions and policies. This course will also help students to better understand how race is associated with other forms of difference, such as class, gender and ethnicity. We identify and confront prevailing myths about race and ethnicity in the United States. Finally, we examine the ways in which contemporary issues reveal the dynamics of race and ethnicity.
AMST328X
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; (Dis)ability in American Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP, DVUP
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.
AMST429M
Perspectives on Popular Culture; True Storytelling and Narratives of Cultural Identity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ANTH429M and THET408I. Credit granted for THET408I, ANTH429M or AMST429M.
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.
AMST498B
Special Topics in American Studies; Revolutions and Diasporas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Cross-listed with USLT498R. Credit granted for AMST498B or USLT498R.
AMST498C
Special Topics in American Studies; Central Americans and the United States: Culture, Politics, and Community
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Cross-listed with USLT498D. Credit granted for USLT498D or AMST498C.
AMST498E
Special Topics in American Studies; Race and Reproduction
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Cross-listed with AASP499C, SOCY498F, SOCY699B and WMST428C. Credit only granted for AASP499C, AMST498E, SOCY498F, SOCY699B or WMST428C.
AMST498G
Special Topics in American Studies; Latinas/os on the Silver Screen
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Cross-listed with USLT498A. Credit granted for AMST498G or USLT498A.
AMST498W
Special Topics in American Studies; Globalization and the Diversifying US
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: At least three credit hours of prior coursework in AMST. Cross-listed with USLT430 and IMMR419J. Credit granted for USLT430, USLT498N, AMST498W, or IMMR419J.
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.
AMST628B
(Perm Req)
Seminar in American Studies; US Intellectual History Ideas: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: permission of department.
AMST628M
(Perm Req)
Seminar in American Studies; "Whatchu Lookin' At?" Blackness and Visuality
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: permission of department.
AMST629M
Seminar in American Studies; True Storytelling and Narratives of Cultural Identity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with THET608I and ANTH629M. Credit granted for THET608I, ANTH629M, or AMST629M.
AMST629P
Seminar in American Studies; Ethnography and Performance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with THET614 and ANTH88OP. Credit granted or THET614, ANTH688O, or AMST629P.
AMST655
Introduction to Museum Scholarship
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with 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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AMST857
Museum Scholarship Practicum
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: AMST856, ANTH856, or HIST810.
Restriction: Permission of Museum Scholarship Program required.
Cross-listed with 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
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.