AMST Course Catalogue

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 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 3265W. Seminar in American Studies

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 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 3695. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. Open to juniors or higher. Other prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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.