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Courses - Spring 2018
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.
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."
AMST298C
Introduction to Asian American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as AAST200. Credit granted for AMST298C or AAST200. 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.
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.
AMST328N
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Introduction to American Indian Cultures of the U.S.
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as ANTH468F and RELS319N. Credit granted for AMST328N, ANTH468F or RELS319N. This course surveys the cultures and the historical and contemporary struggles of indigenous peoples of the United States, with a focus on understanding and contrasting the sacred worldviews of indigenous peoples of the U.S. and beyond with the worldviews of both western science and Christianity. It challenges participants to learn more about these worldviews--and about their own worldviews and identities-- through a life-history-based, ethnographic research approach as well as through course readings and class activities and discussions
AMST328X
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; (Dis)ability in American Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AMST340
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.
AMST428P
American Cultural Eras; Power, Paranoia, and Politics in Postwar Film and Popular Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AMST429J
(Perm Req)
Perspectives on Popular Culture; Social Activism and Popular Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: At least three credit hours of prior coursework in AMST. Also offered as ARHU439J. Credit only granted for AMST429J or ARHU439J.

This is a blended learning course covering topics related to social activism and popular culture both online and in the classroom. It is the first semester of the College of Arts and Humanities Social Innovation Scholars program taken in the spring, in which they will learn about social innovation and the public discourse and be paired with a mentor from a non-profit organization. There is also a summer internship and a fall course in which they will implement their innovation. Participation is by application and permission only. To enroll, students must contact the ARHU advising office in 1120 Francis Scott Key, x5-2108. AMST majors are eligible for ARHU439J only.
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.
AMST498D
Special Topics in American Studies; AFRICANA THOUGHT IN AMERICAS
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as PHIL308C. Credit only granted for AMST498D or PHIL308C.
AMST498F
Special Topics in American Studies; Postcolonialism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as ANTH469L, HIST419L, ENGL479O, LASC448K, and PHIL428A. Credit only granted for HIST419L, ANTH469L, AMST489F, ENGL479O, LASC448K, or PHIL428A.
AMST498G
Special Topics in American Studies; Latinas/os on the Silver Screen
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: At least three credit hours of prior coureswork in AMST. Also offered as USLT498A. Credit granted for AMST498G or USLT498A.
AMST498M
Special Topics in American Studies; Latinas/os and U.S. Popular Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: At least three credit hours of prior coursework in AMST. Also offered as AMST498M. Credit only granted for USLT498B or AMST498M.
AMST498X
Special Topics in American Studies; Ethnography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
AMST603
Current Approaches to American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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.
AMST628B
Seminar in American Studies; US Intellectual History of Ideas: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
AMST629D
Seminar in American Studies; Race, Class, and Material Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
AMST629N
Seminar in American Studies; Comparative Race and Ethnicity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
AMST655
Introduction to Museum Scholarship
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as: 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
(Perm Req)
Museum Scholarship Practicum
Credits: 3 - 6
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
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: Reg, S-F
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