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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.
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.
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.
AMST328V
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Growing Up Asian American
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AAST398E and IMMR319G. Credit granted for AAST398E or AMST328V or IMMR319G. 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.
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)
Honors Thesis
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.
AMST418K
Cultural Themes in America; Film and the American Landscape
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Prerequisite: At least three credit hours of prior coursework in AMST.
AMST418W
Cultural Themes in America; The Multiracial Experience in the US
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DVCC
Also offered as AMST418W. Credit granted for AAST498Y or AMST418W.

Focuses on multiracial ("mixed race") identity and how the experiences of multiracial people contribute to our broader understanding of racial identity and formation. Course draws on literature and research produced by and about multiracial people. In addition, students will access the topic through comment boards, live chat sessions, podcasts, and multimedia. Readings and other course materials have been selected to challenge and grow students' understandings of race and mixed race.
AMST429T
Perspectives on Popular Culture; Race and Popular Music
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: At least three credit hours of prior coursework in AMST.
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.
AMST498G
Special Topics in American Studies; Latinas/os on the Silver Screen
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as USLT498A. Credit granted for USLT498A or AMST498G. Prerequisite: At least three credit hours of prior coursework in AMST.
AMST498I
Special Topics in American Studies; Culture, Difference and Global Economies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
AMST498L
Special Topics in American Studies; Native Americans and U.S. Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: At least three credit hours of prior coursework in AMST.
AMST498N
Special Topics in American Studies; Citizens, Immigrants, and Refugees
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as USLT498I and IMMR419D. Credit granted for AMST498N or USLT498I or IMMR419D. Prerequisite: At least three credit hours of prior coursework in AMST
AMST498Y
Special Topics in American Studies; Sex and the City
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
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.
AMST628N
Seminar in American Studies; Space,Place,and Identity in the Digital Age
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
AMST629K
Seminar in American Studies; Gentrification and the Politics of Displacement
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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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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
Contact department for information to register for this course.