AMST Course Catalogue

AMST 1002. Sing and Shout!  The History of America in Song

Develop an understanding of American people, history and culture through the study and singing of American folk songs.  CA 1.  CA 4.

( Also offered as MUSI 1002).  Three credits.  Lecture with discussion groups.

AMST 1201. Introduction to American Studies

What is an American? A multi-disciplinary inquiry into the diversity of American societies and cultures.

( Also offered as ENGL 1201 and HIST 1503). Three credits. Not open to students who have passed INTD 276.

AMST 1700. Honors Core: American Landscapes

Real and imagined landscapes in the Americas as seen through the history of the land and its uses and through changing representations of those landscapes in art, literature, science, and popular culture.

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to freshman and sophomore honors students.

AMST 2207.  Empire and U.S. Culture

How the frontier and overseas ambitions have shaped U.S. institutions and culture. The impact of U.S. expansion on people outside its borders. These topics are explored through literary narratives and historical documents. CA 1. CA 4.

(Also offered as ENGL 2207 and HIST 2207).  Three credits.  Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

AMST 2274W.  Disability in American Literature and Culture

An interdisciplinary examination of the symbolic roles of disability and the social implications of those roles.  CA 1.  CA4.

(Also offered as ENGL 2274W).  Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

AMST 2276.  American Utopias and Dystopias

Interdisciplinary approaches to American utopian and dystopian literature of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.  CA 1.

(Also offered as ENGL 2276).  Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

AMST 2276W.  American Utopias and Dystopias

(Also offered as ENGL 2276).  Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

AMST 2400. City and Community in Film

Aesthetics, history, and contemporary relevance of American films that feature the urban, suburban, and/or small town landscape as a major “character” shaping plot and story.  Films read closely as texts that make meaning through a range of tools, including narrative, mise-en-scene, editing, camera work, and genre conventions.  CA 1.

(Also offered as URBN 2400).  Three credits. 

AMST 3042. Baseball and Society: Politics, Economics, Race and Gender

Baseball in historical, political, sociological, and economic contexts. Topics may include: impact on individuals and families; racial discrimination and integration; labor relations; urbanization; roles of women; treatment of gay athletes; and implications of performance-enhancing drugs.

(Also offered as AFRA 3042, HDFS 3042, and WGSS 3042).  Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

AMST 3082.  Critical Race Theory as Political Theory

Interdisciplinary scholarship on racial identity, legal decisions, and political action from the perspective of political science and political theory. Topics include interactions between states and social movements, the intersections of race, class, gender, and membership, and the problems with both post-racialism and identity politics.

(Also offered as POLS 3082.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1002.

AMST 3201.  Introduction to Asian American Studies

A multidisciplinary introduction to major themes in Asian American Studies. Concepts of identity and community, migration and labor histories, Asians and the law, representations of Asians in visual and popular culture, gender issues, interracial and interethnic relations, and human rights. CA 1. CA 4.

(Also offered as AASI 3201).  Three credits.  Prerequisite:  Open to juniors or higher.

AMST 3265W.  American Studies Methods

In-depth study of an event, historical period, or cultural production from an interdisciplinary perspective.

(Also offered as ENGL 3265W.) (Formerly offered as INTD 265W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 or 3800: open to juniors or higher.

AMST 3271.  Immigration and Transborder Politics

U.S. immigration policy, trans-border politics, and the impact diasporas and ethnic lobbies have on U.S. foreign policy, with the emphasis on Latino diasporas.

(Also offered as LLAS 3271 and POLS 3834.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

AMST 3281. Internship

Credit and hours by arrangement, not to exceed six credits per semester. Open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor. No more than eight credits may be earned in a single placement, and no more than three credits may be counted towards completion of requirements for the American Studies major. Students taking this course will be assigned a grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). May be repeated for credit.

AMST 3440.  Nineteenth Century American Art

An overview of major artists and stylistic movements in the United States in the long 19th century.

(Also offered as ARTH 3440.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

AMST 3440W.  Nineteenth Century American Art

(Also offered as ARTH 3440W.) Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

AMST 3502.  Colonial America: Native Americans, Slaves, and Settlers, 1492-1760

The legacy of Columbus, creative survival of Native Americans in the face of disease and warfare, religious utopianism and the profit motive in colonization. The growth of a distinctive Anglo-American political culture, gender and family relations, and the entrenchment of a racial caste system.

(Also offered as HIST 3502).  Three credits.

AMST 3502W.  Colonial America: Native Americans, Slaves, and Settlers, 1492-1760

(Also offered as HIST 3502).  Three credits.  Prerequisite:  ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.  Open to juniors or higher.

AMST 3542.  New England Environmental History

Interdisciplinary history of New England’s terrestrial and marine environmental change. Links among land, sea, and human natural resource use and management, including precontact patterns, colonial impacts, agricultural decline, industrial pollution, overfishing, re-forestation, and the rise of eco-tourism.

(Also offered as HIST 3542.) Three credits. Recommended preparation: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

AMST 3568.  Hip-Hop, Politics and Youth Culture in America

History of hip-hop, its musical antecedents and its role in popular culture. Race, class, and gender are examined as well as hip-hop’s role in popular political discourse.

(Also offered as AFRA 3568 and HIST 3568.) Three credits.

AMST 3570.  History and Theory of Digital Art

Examines the aesthetics and cultural impact of digital art in various modes including performance, online, and object production.

(Also offered as ARTH 3570).  Three credits.  Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

AMST 3699. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor and approval of the director. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic. Supervised reading and writing on a subject of special interest to the student.

AMST 3807.  Constitutional Rights and Liberties

The role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Bill of Rights. Topics include freedoms of speech and religion, criminal due process, and equal protection.

(Also offered as HRTS 3807 and POLS 3807.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

AMST 3822.  Law and Popular Culture

Exploration of themes in the study of law and courts by contrasting scholarly work against representations of such themes in movies, television, and other media of popular culture.

(Also offered as POLS 3822.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

AMST 3822W.  Law and Popular Culture

(Also offered as POLS 3822W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

AMST 4897. Honors Thesis

Credits and hours by arrangement. Open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor.

AMST 6000. American Studies: Methods and Major Texts

An introduction to the methodologies and topics of American Studies through a survey of major texts in the field, past and present.  Course also provides a history of the field.   Cross listed as ENGL 6800 and HIST 6000.  Open to graduate students in English, History, and Political Science.  Others with permission.  Three credits.

AMST 6500.  American Studies: Special Topics

A detailed study of a specific topic in American cultural studies with an emphasis on developing skills in interdisciplinary research.  Topics vary from semester to semester.  May be repeated once for credit.   Cross listed as ENGL 6850 and HIST 6500.  Open to graduate students in English, History, and Political Science.  Others with permission.  Three credits.