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Courses - Spring 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.
AMST120
Race, Gender, and the Global Economy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
An exploration of the building blocks of the global economy (e.g. free trade, financial institutions) in relation to racial and gender difference, hierarchies, and ideologies.
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.
AMST328N
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Introduction to Native American Cultures of the United States
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as ANTH468F and RELS319N. Credit granted for AMST328N, ANTH468F or RELS319N. This course offers a survey of the cultures of American Indian peoples of the U.S. The focus of the course is on identifying and understanding the historical and contemporary importance of key elements of sacred worldviews shared by indigenous peoples of the U.S. and beyond.
AMST328R
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Religion in American Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Introduction to major religious traditions and the variety of religious beliefs and practices in the U.S.
AMST328V
Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Growing up Asian American: The Asian Immigrant Family and the Second Generation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AAST398E or IMMR319G. Credit granted for AMST328V or AAST398E or IMMR319G. An interdisciplinary course examines the experiences of children of Asian immigrants in the U.S., focusing on intergenerational dynamics in 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
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
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-American Studies department; and junior standing or higher.
Faculty mentored independent learning. Online interaction using Canvas required.
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.
AMST398Z
(Perm Req)
Independent Studies; Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps I
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as BMGT398E. Credit granted for BMGT398E or AMST398Z.

Restricted to students participating in the Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps program. Participating students will be automatically enrolled in the course by Education Abroad. For more information about the program, please contact Jennifer Precht in Education Abroad (jprecht@umd.edu).
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.
AMST418N
Cultural Themes in America; Asian American Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DVCC
Also offered as AAST498M. Credit only granted for AAST498M or AMST418N.
AMST428G
American Cultural Eras; Myth and Memory: 2007
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.

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.
AMST498B
Special Topics in American Studies; Fashion and Consumer Culture in the U.S.
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
AMST498F
Special Topics in American Studies; Postcolonialism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as HIST419L, ANTH469L, ENGL479O, LASC448K, or PHIL428A. Credit granted for HIST419L, AMST498F, ANTH469L, ENGL479O, LASC448K, or PHIL428A.

The course examines how colonialism and postcolonialism shape one'sunderstanding of self, gender, race, nation, history, geography,religion, art, philosophy, and social science.
AMST498K
Special Topics in American Studies; Indigenous Thought in the Americas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Relying exclusively upon indigenous authors, this course examines the the philosophical-religious views of the indigenous peoples of what is now called the Americas (South, Central, and North). We examine a variety of topics including: what it is like to be objectified by being studied anthropologically; racism; genocide of native peoples; destruction and commodification of native cultures; internal colonialism ; religion; philosophy; environmental ethics; and the ethics of sports Mascots. Authors include Vine Deloria, Jr., Rigoberta Menchú, Anne Waters, Leroy Little Bear, V.F. Cordova, Huanani-Kay Trask, Thomas Norton-Smith, Evo Morales, and Winona LaDuke.

Also offered as RELS419B. Credit granted for AMST498K or RELS419B.
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.
AMST498P
Special Topics in American Studies; Race and Nation in U.S. Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
AMST498X
Special Topics in American Studies; Ethnography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as AMST629E. Credit granted for AMST498X or AMST629E.
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.
AMST628A
Seminar in American Studies; Fashion and Consumer Culture in U.S.
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
AMST628I
Seminar in American Studies; Myth and Memory: 2007
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
AMST629E
Seminar in American Studies; Ethnography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as AMST498X. Credit granted for AMST498X or AMST629E.
AMST629F
(Perm Req)
Seminar in American Studies; Extraordinary Bodies on Display: Theater, Freak Shows, and Ethnological Show Biz
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as AMST629F. Credit granted for THET698F or AMST629F.

Pairs historic para-theatrical performance modalities such as court masques, ethnological exhibition, and freak shows with contemporary texts by disabled playwrights and playwrights of color to parse how the theatrical tools of spectacle, exhibition, and display have been used throughout history to signify, (re)claim, and contest the bodily meanings of race, ethnicity, and disability. Emphasis on intersectional modes of analysis.
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
Contact department for information to register for this course.
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.
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.