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Courses - Fall 2017
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.
AMST260
American Culture in the Information Age
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Credit only granted for: AMST260 or AMST298I.
Formerly: AMST298I.
Examines the ways in which content and form of public information interact with the culture, families & individuals.
AMST298C
Introduction to Asian American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
CORE: SB, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as AAST200. Credit granted for AAST200 or AMST298C.
AMST298I
Selected Topics in American Studies; Islam in/and America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AAST298A. Credit granted for AAST298A or AMST298I.
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.
AMST328E
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Afro-Latinx Diasporas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as USLT319A. Credit granted for USLT319A or AMST328E.

Students will examine the history of the African diaspora and the Afro-Latinx populations in the United States. Explores transnational migrations, comparative slave systems, labor, community formation, gender, sexuality, popular culture, and the changing meanings of blackness and latinidad.
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
Also offered as AAST398F. Credit granted for AMST328L or AAST398F.
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
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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.
AMST418O
Cultural Themes in America; African American Humor and Its Social Context
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
We will examine formal aspects of African American humor as well as the historical, political, and sociocultural contexts surrounding that humor. The course curriculum will include black vernacular practices such as toasting, signifying, and the dozens; the comedic writing of authors and playwrights such as Zora Neale Hurston, George C. Wolfe, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Paul Beatty; and the performances of such comedians as Bert Williams, Moms Mabley, Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle, and Issa Rae. Throughout, we will focus on humor's uses for self-making, community-building, cultural critique, protest, venting, healing, and beyond.
AMST428D
American Cultural Eras; Archaeology of Slavery: Classical, Caribbean and North American Contexts
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AASP498T, ARCH428L, ARCH628L, ANTH433 and ANTH633. Credit only granted for ANTH433, ANTH633,AMST428D, ARCH428L, ARCH628L, or AASP498T.

Has slavery always existed? Does it come and go? North American plantation archaeology has become one of the foundations for understanding African American culture from the 1960s. Slavery in Antiquity existed in Greece and Rome on large scales and was essential to making commercial agriculture profitable work. Slavery in the Caribbean showed Europeans how to make a profit from African bodies. Trafficking in human persons today is recorded by the U.S. State Department annually and is regarded as modern slavery. These varying contexts of slavery will be compared in an attempt to understand slavery scientifically.
AMST429G
Perspectives on Popular Culture; American Nobel Prize Winners
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as ENGL439G. Credit granted for ENGL439G or AMST429G.
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.
AMST498C
Special Topics in American Studies; Central Americans and the United States: Culture, Politics, and Community
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as USLT498D. Credit granted for USLT498D or AMST498C.
AMST498L
Special Topics in American Studies; Native Americans and U.S. Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
AMST498Q
Special Topics in American Studies; Asian American Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as AAST498J and PSYC489Z. Credit only granted for AAST498J, AMST498Q, or PSYC489Z.

This course provides students with an understanding of the ecological influences on Asian American psychological well-being. It begins with the individual, covering topics relating to various social identities pertaining to Asian Americans. Moving outward, it highlights family and peer relationships. At the community and cultural level, the course focuses on the process of migration and acculturation. Finally, it concludes with a discussion of social advocacy, service provisions and cultural competency. Also offered as AAST498J. Credit granted for AMST498Q or AAST498J.
AMST498V
Special Topics in American Studies; Sex and the City
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as LGBT448C. Credit granted for AMST498V or LGBT448C. This class adopts an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to the study of sex and the city. Although the class focuses on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, the class also considers marginalized sexualities more generally, including a range of identities and practices that do not fall into dominant definitions of heterosexuality. Central throughout is an 0nalysis of how the politics of sexuality is shaped by race, gender, and and the economy. Units include Progressive-era city reforms, sub-cultural studies of the Chicago School, the history of pre-Stonewall sexual minority communities, theories of sexual migration, sex tourism, the Moynihan Report, LGBT and queer social movements, gender profiling, public sex, sexual labor, gentrification, street safety, and the representation of the city in cultural production.
AMST498W
Special Topics in American Studies; Globalization and the Diversifying US
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as USLT498N and IMMR419J. Credit granted for USLT498N, AMST498W, or IMMR419J. Prerequisite: At least three credit hours of prior coursework in AMST.
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
Seminar in American Studies; Black Sexualities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as WMST698O. Credit granted for AMST628B or WMST698O.

An interdisciplinary and intersectional seminar on black sex and sexualities in the West. We will approach sex and sexuality as charged sites of social relationssites where power, pleasure, vulnerability, abjection, violence, knowledge, and freedom are produced and negotiated. The course curriculum will include visual culture, fiction, music, histories of sexualities, black feminist theory, sociology, queer of color critique, performance theory, affect studies, critical pornography studies, and beyond.
AMST629C
Seminar in American Studies; Deviance and Dominance in the City
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
AMST698
(Perm Req)
Directed Readings in American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
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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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AMST851
Interpretation of Cultural Landscapes
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
A research seminar that provides students an opportunity to survey the principal approaches to studying a cultural landscape, learn how to apply and adapt a field research method, and produce a primary research report on a cultural landscape of their choice.
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
Museum Scholarship Practicum
Credits: 3
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
(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
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