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American Studies (AMST)

1000 Level | 2000 Level | 3000 Level | 4000 Level | 5000 Level

USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 1991 USP code followed by the 2003 USP code (i.e. [M2<>QB]).

1000. Cultures Of College: Why We Are Where We Are. 3. [F1, C2<>(none)] Introduces students to backgrounds, environments, assumptions that shape our experience of higher education. Two objectives: to familiarize first-year students with college experience through inquiry into meanings of campus, and to familiarize students with interdisciplinary study.

1030. Social Justice in the 21st Century. 3. [(none)<>I, D] Appropriate for students interested in diversity and social justice. Topics covered through an interdisciplinary study of people and society range from identity, critical thinking, empowerment, role models, stereotyping, institutional discrimination, and tolerance. The key lynchpin is active participation in the development and maintenance of just communities. Cross listed with AAST/AIST/WMST/CHST 1030. Enrollment preference will be given to We The People FIG students.

2010. Introduction to American Studies. 3. [C1,W2<>CH, WB] Introduces the interdisciplinary study of American culture. Focuses on themes, values and ideas which continue to reverberate through our cultural experience. (Offered at least once each year)

2110. Cultural Diversity in America. 3. [C2<>CS, D] Studies processes by which individuals and groups produce, maintain and express cultural identities in the U.S. Race, gender and ethnicity are addressed, emphasizing historical roots and social context of contemporary cultural varieties. (Offered one semester each year)

2400. Introduction to Historic Preservation. 3. Online course introduces students to historic preservation theory and philosophy, the history of the preservation movement and contemporary historic preservation as practiced in the public, nonprofit and private realms. Assignments include reading, research, online discussion and lectures (podcasts, videos or PowerPoint presentations), as well as directed field work. Prerequisites: none.

2700. Introduction to Museology. 3. [(none)<>CH] Explores the historical, cultural, and contemporary roles of museums and preservation institutions in society. Introduces students to the museum professions, collection and exhibition installation strategies, and ethical problems of governance and collection. Field trips to regional collections are included. Cross listed with AMST/ANTH/HIST 2700. Prerequisite: WA.

3050. Cultures of Nature in the United States. 3. [C1, W2<>(none)] Uses artistic, philosophical, historical and literary material to investigate how ideas about and representations of nature have changed over time in the U.S. Culminates in an examination of a wide range of contemporary environmental ideas within this broad historical and cultural context. Cross listed with ENR/WMST 3050. Prerequisite: 2000-level course in one of the following departments: AMST, American history, American literature, or a 2000-level course approved for the ENR program.

3100. Food in American Culture. 3. [(none)<>C] An interdisciplinary exploration of food as a medium of cultural expression, social interaction, and aesthetic experience in American life, both past and present. Examines food as, among other things, a symbolic system, a vehicle of social communication, and an arena for the performance of regional ethnic, gender, etc. identities. Prerequisite:  any 2000-level course in American Studies, or ANTH 1200.

3400. Popular Music and Sexualities. 3. [(none)<>CH, D] Looks at ways in which popular music has intersected with sexual and gendered identities as a means and expression of both oppression and liberation. Cross listed with WMST 3400. Prerequisite: WA.

3800. Chicanas/os in Contemporary Society. 3. [(none)<>CS, D] Focuses on three major movements within the Chicana/o community; labor, nationalism, and feminism. Students will assess these three movements to determine what role they have played in transforming the social conditions and political identity of the Chicana/o and Latina/o population in the US. Cross listed with CHST/WMST 3800. Prerequisites: CHST 1100 or  WMST 1080 or AMST 2010.

4010. Independent Study. 1‑3 (Max. 6). For upper division students in any major who can benefit from independent study in American Studies with minimal supervision. Dual listed with AMST 5010. Prerequisites: 3 hours in American Studies and approval of instructor.

4020. American Folklife. 3. Introduces materials and methods of folklife research, examining both verbal and nonverbal expressions of traditional cultures in America. Topics include material culture, belief systems, traditional events and celebrations, and folk performances of many kinds. Dual listed with AMST 5020. Prerequisite: Any six hours from among AMST 2010, 2110, ENGL 2400, AIST 2340, AAST 2450 2730, 3000, 3010. (Offered once each year)

4030. Ecology of Knowledge. 3. Examines the development of "disciplines" and explores definitions, theories, methods and practices of interdisciplinary work. Cross listed with ENR 4030. Dual listed with AMST 5030. Prerequisite: 3 hours in any interdisciplinary program.

4040. Historic Preservation and Sustainability. 3. Explores the historic preservation and sustainability movements and contemporary practices in these inter-related fields. Through reading, lectures, discussions and site visits, students will study how the historic preservation and the building industry professions can address advanced issues in sustainability related to the environment, culture and economics. Cross listed with ARE 4040. Prerequisites: 6 hours in AMST or ARE.

4250 [4200]. The Harlem Renaissance. 3. [(none)<>D] Examines the florescence of African American creativity, centered in Harlem, New York, between the end of World War I and the onset of the Great Depression. This movement had a tremendous impact on African American culture in and outside of the U.S., including Africa and the Caribbean. Dual listed with AMST 5250; cross listed with AAST 4250. Prerequisites: AAST 1000, AMST 2010, AMST 2110, any AAST 2000-level course, junior or senior standing, or nine credit hours in any level AMST course.

4051. Environmental Politics. 3. [C2, W3<>WC] Analyzes environmentalism as a political phenomenon. Provides a basic understanding of how to analyze political issues by: (1) examining the historical and contemporary issues that produce controversy over environmental matters; and (2) surveying the impacts of these issues on the formulation and implementation of laws, policies, and regulations. Cross listed with POLS, ENR, GEOG and REWM 4051. Prerequisite: POLS 1000.

4052. Federal Land Politics. 3. Examines the political forces that have shaped and continue to shape federal land policy and management. Explores the interactions between democratic decision making and science in the management of federal lands. Surveys the sources of controversy over federal land management and methods for harmonizing public demands with technical expertise. Cross listed with POLS/ENR/GEOG/REWM 4052. Prerequisite: POLS 1000.

4250. The Harlem Renaissance. 3. [(none)<>D] Examines the florescence of  African American creativity, centered in Harlem, New York, between the end of World War I and the onset of the Great Depression. This movement had a tremendous impact on African American culture in and outside of the U.S., including Africa and the Caribbean. Dual listed with AAST 5250; cross listed with AAST 4200. Prerequisites: AAST 1000, AMST 2010, AMST 2110, any AAST 2000-level course, junior or senior standing, or nine credit hours in any level AMST course.

4300. American Culture and the Public Sector. 3. Surveys American culture studies in the public sector. Topics include history and theory of public sector humanities and social sciences; types of public sector jobs and institutions where public humanists work; and public sector work in specific disciplines, such as history, anthropology, folklore, archaeology and art history. Dual listed with AMST 5300. Prerequisite: 12 credits in humanities or social science courses having to do with American culture. (Offered once a year)

4500. American Civilization. 1‑8 (Max. 8). Explores various interdisciplinary approaches to the American experience, past and present. May include topical, thematic, historical, literary and cultural integrations; for a given semester, the course's precise focus will be indicated in the class schedule.

4546. Agriculture: Rooted in Diversity. 3. [(none)<>C, D] Addresses multiple themes related to diversity in agriculture with the goal of making visible the experiences of minorities and women in agriculture. Involves significant independent research, class discussion, project development, and development of oral and written communication skills. Establishes linkages with supporting disciplines. Cross listed with AGRI/AIST/CHST/ENGL/FCSC/HIST 4546. Prerequisites: junior class standing or consent of instructor and concurrent enrollment or major in any of the following:  ethnic studies, agriculture, American studies, anthropology, English, history, sociology, or women's studies.

4640. Art and Ecology. 3. [C3, W3<>(none)] Focuses on the intersection of contemporary art with ecological concerns. Readings present philosophical, historical and cultural aspects of the art/ecology relationship; students reflect and question their own beliefs. Examples of art/artists are reviewed as well as how ecological artwork is developed. Students propose solutions and/or create art in, out of, or about the environment; local sites are encouraged. Prerequisite: 6 hours of ART and/or AMST or consent of the instructor.

4650. Women, Gender & Migration. 3. From an international context and perspective, this course examines the gendered transformations immigrant women experience.  Gender, theories of international migration, assimilation, race, ethnicity, and identity transformation serve as categories of analysis.  From a cross-discipline comparative approach, we focus on women’s lives to examine differences and similarities to complicate notions of immigration. Cross listed with CHST/INST/WMST 4650. Dual listed with AMST 5650. Prerequisites: Junior standing and 6 hours of AMST, CHST, INST, and/or WMST coursework or instructor approval.

4800. Historic Preservation. 3. Review of the roots of historic preservation in Western culture with an emphasis on the historical and legal context of architectural conservation in America. Current issues in preservation are examined through case studies and guest presentations. Cross listed with ENR 4800. Dual listed with AMST 5800. Prerequisite: ARE 3020 or AMST 5400.

4900. Field Studies in Historic Preservation. 1-4 (Max. 4). [C1<>(none)] Acquaints students with current issues in historic preservation by visiting places of importance in U.S. and Europe. Agencies and institutions involved in building conservation provide specific expertise at sites visited. Prerequisite: 3 hours of architectural history or 6 hours of art history. (Offered based on sufficient demand and resources)

4970. Internship. 1-3 (Max. 6). Gives undergraduate students practical experience by working on a project at a public institution, agency or educational/cultural organization. Offered for S/U only. Prerequisites: junior standing, 3.0 GPA, completion of AMST 2010 and 12 hours in major with 3.25 GPA minimum in major and consent of instructor.

4985. Senior Seminar. 3. [W3<>WC] With AMST 4010 or 4970, completes the capstone coursework in AMST. Identifies a broad intellectual tradition in American Studies as foundation for student's research interests; builds a specific scholarly context appropriate to student's research; culminates in a substantial piece of written research appropriate in an identified subfield of American Studies. Prerequisite: senior standing in American studies or consent of program director.

5010. Independent Study. 1-6 (Max. 6). For graduate students in any graduate program who can benefit from independent research and writing in American Studies. Dual listed with AMST 4010. Prerequisites: 3 hours in American Studies and consent of instructor.

5020. American Follklife. 3. Introduces materials and methods of folklife research, examining both verbal and nonverbal expressions of traditional cultures in America. Topics include material culture, belief systems, traditional events and celebrations, and folk performances of many kinds. Dual listed with AMST 4020. Prerequisites: any six hours from among: AMST 2010, ENGL 2400, AIST 2340, AAST 2450, 2730, 3000 or 3010.

5030. Ecology of Knowledge. 3. Examines the development of "disciplines" and explores definitions, theories, methods and practices of interdisciplinary work. Cross listed with ENR 5030. Dual listed with AMST 4030. Prerequisite: graduate status.

5200. Material Culture. 3. Designed to introduce advanced students to the theory, methods, and practice of material culture study. A significant portion of the course will be devoted to a studio exercise in which students collectively document and analyze a material culture form that has been designated by the instructors. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

5250 [5200]. The Harlem Renaissance. 3. [(none)<>D] Examines the florescence of African American creativity, centered in Harlem, New York, between the end of World War I and the onset of the Great Depression. This movement had a tremendous impact on African American culture in and outside of the U.S., including Africa and the Caribbean. Dual listed with AMST 4250; cross listed with AAST 5250. Prerequisites: AAST 1000, AMST 2010, AMST 2110, any AAST 2000-level course, junior or senior standing, or nine credit hours in any level AMST course.

5300. American Culture and the Public Sector. 3. A survey of American culture studies in the public sector. Topics covered include the history and theory of public sector humanities and social sciences, types of public sector jobs and institutions where public humanists work, and public sector work in specific disciplines such as history, anthropology, folklore, archaeology, and art history. Dual listed with AMST 4300. Prerequisite: graduate status.

5400. American Built Environment. 3. Examination of America's built environment from pre-Colonial times to the present day. Factors affecting the architecture and built form of a given period are discussed together with what the material legacy says about the culture of the period. Prerequisite: ARE 3020.

5500. Topics in American Studies. 3. Selected problems in the theory, practice, and bibliography of American studies. Required of graduate majors in the program and is recommended for students with an interdisciplinary interest in American Culture. Prerequisites: survey knowledge of American literature and history; graduate standing or consent of instructor.

5510. Readings in American Studies. 3. Selected readings in the theory, practice, and bibliography of American Studies. Surveys scholarship in the field and is designed to help graduate students develop thesis topics. Prerequisites: graduate standing in American studies or related field; consent of instructor.

5550. Varieties of Literary Evidence. 3. Selected problems in the use of literary evidence for American studies scholarship. Prerequisites: graduate standing in American studies or a related field; consent of instructor.

5560. Black Popular Culture. 3. Approaches African American popular culture from theoretical perspectives which include black feminist, postcolonial, and poststructuralist analyses. Cross listed with AAST 5560. Prerequisites: graduate standing; instructor consent for undergraduate students.

5650. Women, Gender & Migration. 3. From an international context and perspective, this course examines the gendered transformations immigrant women experience.  Gender, theories of international migration, assimilation, race, ethnicity, and identity transformation serve as categories of analysis.  From a cross-discipline comparative approach, we focus on women’s lives to examine differences and similarities to complicate notions of immigration. Cross listed with CHST/INST/WMST 5650. Dual listed with AMST 4650. Prerequisites: Junior standing and 6 hours of AMST, CHST, INST, and/or WMST coursework or instructor approval.

5800. Historic Preservation. 3. Review of the roots of historic preservation in Western culture with an emphasis on the historical and legal context of architectural conservation in America. Current issues in preservation are examined through case studies and guest presentations. Cross listed with ENR 5800. Dual listed with AMST 4800. Prerequisite: ARE 3020 or AMST 5400.

5900. Practicum in College Teaching. 1-3 (Max. 3). Work in classroom with a major professor. Expected to give some lectures and gain classroom experience. Prerequisite: graduate status.

5920. Continuing Registration: On Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5940. Continuing Registration: Off Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5959. Enrichment Studies. 1-3 (Max. 99). Designed to provide an enrichment experience in a variety of topics. Note: Credit in this course may not be included in a graduate program of study for degree purposes.

5960. Thesis Research. 1-12 (Max. 24). Graduate level course designed for students who are involved in research for their thesis project. Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their thesis. Prerequisites: enrolled in a graduate degree program.

5990. Internship. 1-12 (Max. 24). Prerequisite: graduate standing.

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