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Courses - Spring 2020
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, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
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."
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, Aud
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.
AMST328K
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Gender, Labor, and Racial Identity in Diaspora Communities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with 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
Cross-listed with AASP398Q. Credit only granted for AASP398Q or AMST328M .
AMST328N
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Introduction to Native American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Jointly offered with ANTH468F and RELS319N. Credit granted for AMST328N, ANTH468F or RELS319N.
AMST328Q
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Social Innovation, Change, and Justice: Do Good Now
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for AMST 328Q, ARHU 380, BSOS 388B, or PLCY388D.
AMST328U
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; African American Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with AASP398C and ENGL317. Credit granted for AASP398C, AMST328U, or ENGL317.
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
Cross-listed with HIST319I. Credit granted for AMST328Y or HIST319I.
AMST340
Introduction to History, Theories and Methods in American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
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, P-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AMST398
(Perm Req)
Independent Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
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AMST418H
(Perm Req)
Cultural Themes in America; Cultural Themes in America-Honors
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: At least three credit hours of prior coursework in AMST.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AMST418K
Film and American Landscape
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
AMST418N
Asian American Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DVCC
Cross-listed with: AAST498M.
Credit only granted for: AAST498M or AMST418N.
AMST450
(Perm Req)
Seminar in American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
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
Asian American Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with: AAST443.
Credit only granted for: AAST498T, AAST443, GVPT368C or AMST 498J.
Formerly: AAST498T.
Students will gain a greater understanding of 1)the role of Asian Americans in US politics, 2) the political attitudes and behaviors of Asian Americans and 3)how to conduct research on Asian American politics. Though the class will concentrate on Asian Americans, issues related to Asian American politics will be examined within the larger context of America's multicultural political landscape.
AMST498K
Special Topics in American Studies; Indigenous Thought in the Americas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Cross-listed with RELS419B. Credit only granted for: AMST498K or RELS419B.

Relying exclusively upon indigenous authors, this course examines the philosophical-religious-intellectual views of the indigenous peoples of what Europeans call the New World -- and what indigenous peoples variously call "Abya Yala,""Anahuac,""Turtle Island," and "Mapu". We examine a variety of topics including: what it is like to be discovered, anthropologically studied, and scientifically objectified; genocide of native peoples; destruction and commodification of native cultures; internal colonialism; globalization; religion; philosophy; environmentalism; and the ethics of sports mascots. Authors will include Vine Deloria, Jr., Leroy Little Bear, V.F. Cordova, Huanani-Kay Trask, Evo Morales, Fausto Reinaga, George Tinker, Anne Waters, Kyle Powys Whyte, Brian Yazzie Burkhart, and Winona LaDuke (among others).
AMST498M
Special Topics in American Studies; Latinas/os and U.S. Popular Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
AMST498N
Special Topics in American Studies; Citizens, Refugees, and Immigrants &
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
AMST498V
Special Topics in American Studies; Sex and the City
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Cross-listed with LGBT448C. Credit only granted for AMST498V or LGBT448C.
AMST602
Interdisciplinary Research Methods and Bibliographic Instruction
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Advanced instruction interdisciplinary research strategies, bibliography, and the structure of systems of scholarly communication in the fields and subfields of American Studies.
AMST603
Current Approaches to American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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.
AMST629U
Seminar in American Studies; Introduction to Digital Studies in the Arts and Humanities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Cross-listed with 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 applicati onof 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 yo u 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, S-F
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AMST798
Non-Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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AMST799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
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AMST856
Museum Research Seminar
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: AMST655, ANTH655, or HIST610.
Cross-listed with ANTH856, HIST810.
Credit only granted for: AMST856, ANTH856, or HIST810.
A research seminar focusing on the practice and presentation of cultural 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, S-F
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
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: S-F
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