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AMST101
Introduction American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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
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
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
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
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, P-F
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, Aud
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
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AMST298Q
U.S. Latinx Literature and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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.
AMST312
Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Credit only granted for: AMST328N, ANTH468F, RELS319N, or AMST312.
Formerly: AMST328N, ANTH468F, or RELS319N.
Key concepts and theories in Native American Studies beginning with an overview of the field and some of its foundational readings and history, then will move into an understanding of Native American identity and representation and a discussion of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination. The course will outline past and present genocidal practices that seek to eliminate Native people and Indigenous responses to those structures such as the concept of survivance, Native feminisms, and theories of Indigenous resurgence. The course seeks to move students through an understanding of past and present structures affecting Native American people in the United States and Canada and move into readings that highlight Native articulations of present and future agency. While the focus of the course is Native peoples with the United States and Canada, understanding Indigenous histories and concepts always includes a hemispheric and transnational analysis.
AMST315
Religion in American Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: AMST101.
Credit only granted for: AMST315 or AMST328R.
Formerly: AMST328R.
Introduces students to the world's major religious traditions and examines how American culture informs, and is informed by, the variety of religious beliefs and practices in the U.S. This course is primarily concerned with religion as a system of meaning. The focus of the course is not on the history of religion or on analysis of religious texts, but rather on the meaning of a religion to its believers.
AMST320
(Dis)ability in American Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP, DVUP
Credit only granted for: AMST320 or AMST328X.
Formerly: AMST328X.
Explores the connection between film and disability through an analysis of independent and mainstream American films in various film genres. Specifically, we will consider how these film representations reflect and/or challenge the shifting social perspectives of disability over the 20th and 21st centuries. Beginning with the presentation of disability as theatrical spectacle in the traveling sideshow and early cinema, we will work our way through film history to develop an understanding of our society's complicated relationship with disability.
AMST324
Growing Up Asian American: The Asian Immigrant Family and the Second Generation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DVCC
Cross-listed with: AAST394, IMMR394.
Credit only granted for: AAST394, AAST398E, AMST324, AMST328V, IMMR319G or IMMR394.
Formerly: AAST398E.
An interdisciplinary course examines the experiences of children of Asian immigrants in the U.S., focusing on intergenerational dynamics in the Asian immigrant family, their intersections with race, gender, class, sexuality, and religion, and how these shape second-generation Asian American life. Topics include identity and personhood, the model minority myth and education, work and leisure, language and communication, filiality and disownment, mental health and suicide.
AMST328B
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Angela Davis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with AASP398U, ENGL368F, and WGSS379U. Credit only granted for AASP398U, AMST328B, ENGL368F, and WGSS379U.

This course explores the meaning and significance of Angela Davis work for thinking through issues of race, nation, class, gender, carceral culture, and transnational solidarity. Her life and work is set between theorizing histories of race, racism, class, and gender and political organizing and public intellectual work. We will examine all of these aspects by reading her work from its beginning and up through contemporary commentary on incarceration, Palestine, and related issues. The centerpiece of this course will be her study of African-American music in its Black feminist iteration, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism.
AMST328C
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Race and the Story of American Freedom
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Together, we will explore these and many other questions as we survey American history while emphasizing the ways ethnic and racial minoritieshave shaped American identity from pre-historic times through the present. By examining or re-examining American history through the lens of these and other racial and ethnic groups we will develop an understanding of key concepts and definitions such as race/class/gender;ethnic group, racial group, minority/majority; institutional racism; social construction of race versus biological construction, resistance, and change.
AMST328J
Perspectives on Identity and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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.

Using the city of Baltimore as our case study and taking an interdisciplinary approach that draws from the scholarly fields of African American studies, sociology, geography, anthropology, history, and urban planning this course explores how both Blackness and anti-Blackness shape the city, its histories, its racial and cultural geography, its social movements, its political economy, and the competing visions for its future. This is an interactive course that will work to develop students capacity to understand and discuss major and minor moments in the history of Black Baltimore; understand and discuss the relationship between material conditions, racism, and urban policy; develop interdisciplinary frameworks through which to interpret and analyze the contemporary and historical conditions shaping the lived experiences of Black Baltimoreans; and analyze scholarship produced within the African American Studies tradition.
AMST328W
Asian Americans in Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with: AAST355.
Credit only granted for: AAST355, AAST398L or AMST328W.
Formerly: 398L.
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.
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.
AMST498C
Special Topics in American Studies; Central Americans and the United States: Culture, Politics, and Community
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Cross-listed with USLT450. Credit only granted for AMST498C, USLT450, or USLT498D.

With attention to history, memory, politics, and culture, explores the relationships, conflicts, and exchanges of people and power between the United States and the Central American isthmus. Through literature, feature films, documentary films, theatre, poetry, and other mediums, the course investigates the role of the US government and military, as well as US corporate interests and US-backed dictatorships, in the culture, politics, and economy of nations including El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras.
AMST498D
Special Topics in American Studies; Black Women in Twentieth Century America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Cross-listed with HIST319X, WGSS379J, and AASP398J. Credit only granted for HIST319X, WGSS379J, AMST498D, or AASP398J.

Traces twentieth-century United States history from the perspective of Black women. We will center their diverse voices and experiences as we explore themes including family, work, activism, and cultural expression.
AMST498F
Special Topics in American Studies; History of Black Education in America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Cross-listed with HIST339K and AASP398K. Credit only granted for HIST339K, AASP398K, or AMST498F.

Explores the development of formal education created by and for African Americans, from the antebellum era through the twenty-first century. Examine the historical roots of recent debates around race, justice, and equity in American schools.
AMST498J
Asian American Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with: AAST443, GVPT368C.
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.
AMST498L
Special Topics in American Studies; Native Americans and US Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
AMST601
Introductory Theories and History in American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must not be a Graduate Advanced Special Student.
Explores the formative literature, theories, research approaches, and history of American Studies.
AMST628C
(Perm Req)
Seminar in American Studies; Race and Media Theory and Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of instructor. Cross-listed with WMST698E. Credit only granted for AMST628C or WMST698E.

This class looks at foundational and new interdisciplinary scholarship on race and media. The course will explore topics such as media production, distribution, markets, representation, and audiences.
AMST628G
Seminar in American Studies; Haiti: Literature, Culture, and Identity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with FREN699D. Credit only granted for FREN699D or AMST628G.

Examines Haiti s culture and identity through historical, social, political, economic, linguistic and religious lenses. Through the study of critical and literary texts as well as films we will analyze Haiti's place and influence in history as the first Black Republic and the second independent nation in the Western hemisphere.
AMST629D
Seminar in American Studies; Race, Class, and Material Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This proseminar introduces students to material culture studies and to consider how objects have been used to reinforce, propagate, and resist cultural hierarchies based on race, class, gender, sexuality, and national identity. Using a wide range of methodologies, fieldwork techniques, and theoretical approaches we will largely examine the material culture genres and subfields of cultural landscapes, food, decorative arts, public history, and photography.
AMST629F
Seminar in American Studies; Fascisms
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This seminar asks whether and how 'fascism' and 'anti-fascism' might be useful terms for social, historical, and political analysis. From the association of fascism with police violence and colonial domination to the characterization of contemporary anti-immigrant discourses as fascistic, there have been a variety of late twentieth and early twenty-first century invocations of fascism as a rising aspect of political mobilization around the world. What definitions of fascism have been useful to scholars of historical and present-day political movements? What understandings of the body, the human, and the state do the analysis of 'fascism' allow or obscure? How have different anti-fascist mobilizations intersected with (or failed to intersect with) other related social movements?
AMST655
Introduction to Museum Scholarship
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with: ANTH655, HIST610, INST653.
Credit only granted for: AMST655, ANTH655, HIST610, INST728T or INST653.
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
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AMST799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AMST857
(Perm Req)
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, INST787.
Credit only granted for: AMST857, ANTH857, HIST811, INST728I or INST787.
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
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AMST899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.