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2014-2016 COURSE CATALOGUE : AMERICAN STUDIES

The American Studies program interprets American culture from an interdisciplinary point of view that combines critical social science and humanities approaches. The program provides a basis for graduate study in a variety of fields, as well as an excellent background for law, journalism, and other professional careers. American Studies offers an interdisciplinary major and minor. To count toward the major or minor, all courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

The American Studies curriculum is in the process of being revised. Please refer to the American Studies webpage for the most up to date information.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR
interdisciplinary, 11 courses
AMST 101, 201; two courses from the American Studies Foundations group, one in each stream; five elective courses, one in each of the five clusters: Inequalities and –Isms; Arts and Cultural Production; Structures and Institutions; Borders and Empires; Theories and Approaches; one cross listed elective and AMST 465. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or higher. No more than two credit/no credit courses can be counted towards the major. No more than four courses can be taken in one department outside of American Studies.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR
interdisciplinary, 5 courses
AMST 101; one Foundations course from either stream; three elective courses, drawn from three different clusters. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or higher. No more than one credit/no credit courses can be counted towards the minor. No more than three courses can be taken in one department outside of American Studies.

AMERICAN STUDIES COURSES

Foundations Courses
Majors must take two foundations courses, one from each stream. Students may propose to count a course not listed or move a course from one “stream” to another with a solid rationale and the adviser’s permission. Minors must take at least one foundations course.

Foundations Stream I – SOCIAL SCIENCE DIVISION
ANTH 110 Intro to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 115 Language and Culture
ECON 120 Contemporary Issues
ECON 122 Economics of Caring
ECON 135 Latin American Economics
POL 110 Introduction to American Politics
PPOL 101 Democracy and Public Policy
SJSP 100 Foundations of Social Justice
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology

Foundations Stream II –HUMANITIES DIVISION
ENG 115 Literature and Social Movements
ENG 165 Introduction to African American Literature
ENG 170 Global English Literatures
ENG 175 Travel Literature
ENG 180 Film Analysis
HIST 105 Introduction to the American Experience
LGBT 101 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Studies
MDSC 100 Introduction to Media and Society
MUS 190 History of Rock and Roll
PHIL 159 Philosophy and Contemporary Global Issues: Global Justice
REL 108 Religion and Alienation
REL 109 Imagining American Religion(s)
WMST 100 Intro to Women's Studies
WMST 150 Chicana Feminism and Visual Culture

Thematic Clusters of Elective Courses
Majors must take five electives, one from each of the five thematic clusters. These courses are typically at the 200+ level. Students may propose to count a course not listed, or move a course from one “cluster” to another with a solid rationale, appropriate documentation of American Studies content and the adviser’s permission.

Minors must take three electives, from three different thematic clusters.

Inequalities and -Isms: Courses in this cluster focus on how the people of the Americas define themselves or are defined by others through categories of difference: race, ethnicity, gender, religion, ability, class, sexuality, for example. How have such differences been constructed differently across American history? How are power, identity, and inequality produced in and across these categories of difference?

AFS 200 Ghettoscapes
AFS 208 Growing Up Black
AFS 211 Black Earth
AMST 210 Sex and the City
AMST 360 Art, Memory & Cultural Power of Place
ANTH 205 Race, Class and Ethnicity
ANTH 211 Women in 19th Century Art
ANTH 220 Sex Roles
ANTH 221 Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples
ANTH 222 Native American Religions
ANTH 282 North American Indians
ARTH 201 African American Art
BIDS 233 Race Class and Gender
BIDS 245 Men and Masculinity
BIDS 288 White Mythologies
ECON 232 The U.S Economy: A Critical Analysis
ECON 243 Political Economy of Race
ECON 248 Poverty and Welfare
ECON 310 Economics and Gender
ECON 311 The Economics of Immigration
ECON 313 African American Economic History
EDUC 201 Schooling and Social Equality
EDUC 209 Gender and Schooling
EDUC 252 History of Disability
EDUC 307 Civil Rights Education
EDUC 370 Multiculturalism
ENG 360 Sexuality and American Literature
ENV 245 Radical Environmentalism
ENV 237 American Indians and Environmentalism
ENV 333 Environmental Justice and American Literature
ENV 335 Food Justice: Literature, Art and Activism
HIST 208 Women in American History
HIST 227 African American History I
HIST 228 African American History II
HIST 240 Immigration and Ethnicity in America
HIST 317 Women's Rights Movements in the U.S.
HIST 330 Race and Violence in American History
HIST 341 Wealth, Power and Prestige
MUS 215 Music and Race in US popular culture
POL 207 African American Political Thought
POL 215 Racial and Ethnic Politics
POL 238 Sex and Power
POL 366 Theories of American Democracy
PPOL 219 Sexual Minority Movements
PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Activism
REL 249 Native American Religions and Histories
REL 272 Sociology of the American Jew
REL 284 Contesting Gods in Multicultural America
SOC 206 Kids and Contention
SOC 221 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 223 Inequalities
SOC 226 Sociology of Sex and Gender
SOC 238 Making of Immigrant America
SOC 251 Sociology of the City
SOC 258 Social Problems
SOC 261 Sociology of Education
SOC 310 Generations
SPNE 311 The Latino Experience
THTR 309 Feminist Theatre
THTR 310 African American Theatre
WRRH 278 Anatomy of American Class: Realities, Myths and Rhetorics
WRRH 280 Immigrant Experiences: Voices and Discourses

Arts and Cultural Production: Courses in this cluster explore American cultural forms, including art, film and visual culture, music, literature, sports/leisure pursuits, and performance. Such classes address how cultural productions are created, transformed, appropriated and transmitted across various contexts, as well as the role of artists, audiences, and the marketplace in shaping the meanings of these forms.

AFS 226 Black Popular Culture
AFS 305 Dust Tracks in the Road: The African American Autobiography
AFS 309 Black Cinema
AFS 330 Black Auteurs
AFS 430 Films of Spike Lee
AMST 207 Baseball and American Culture
AMST 360 Art, Memory & Cultural Power of Place
ARCH 412 The Social Construction of Space
ARTH 201 African American Art
ARTH 250 Modern Art 1900-1960
ARTH 282 20th Century American Art
ARTH 333 Art Since 1960
ARTH 335 Femme Fatale and Film
ARTH 402 Design After Modernism
DAN 212 Dance History II
DAN 214 Dance History III
EDUC 201 Teaching, Learning and Popular Culture
EDUC 320 Children's Literature
ENG 209 Graphic Novels/Graphic Forms
ENG 250 Early American Literature
ENG 260 Modern American Literature
ENG 261 Popular Fiction
ENG 264 Southern Fictions
ENG 265 Contemporary American Novel
ENG 266 Modernist American Poetry
ENG 267 Post WWII American Poetry
ENG 280 Film Analysis
ENG 281 Film Histories I
ENG 282 Film Histories II
ENG 283 Film Histories III
ENG 301 Cultural Theory and Popular Culture
ENG 381 Hollywood on Hollywood
ENG 383 Science Fiction Film
ENG 385 History of American Independent Film
ENG 465 Reading Faulkner
ENV 202 Human Values and the Environment
ENV 240 Environmental Justice in Film
ENV 333 Environmental Justice and American Literature
ENV 335 Food Justice, Literature, Art, Activism
HIST 471 Bugles, Belles and Bloated Bodies: Civil War in American Memory
MDSC 200 Cultures of Advertising
MSDC 203 History of Television
MDSC 204 Imagining the West
MDSC 205 America in the 1970s
MUS 207 Big Band to Bossa, Bop to Blues: a History of Jazz
MUS 215 Music and Race in US Popular Culture
POL 211 Visions of the City
POL 320 Mass Media
SOC 241 Sociology of Sport
SPNE 226 Screen Latinos
THTR 290 Theatre for Social Change
THTR 300 American Drama
THTR 308 American Experimental Theatres
THTR 309 Feminist Theatre
THTR 310 African American Theatre
WMST 218 Queer Representation in Theater and Film
WMST 219 Black Feminism and Film
WRRH 218 Getting Dressed: Discourses of Fashion

Structures and Institutions: Courses in this cluster address explore American cultural politics through close study of the way institutions and infrastructures such as government, schools, prisons, capital, the built environment, democracy, social movements, or the law have shaped shape economic, political and social experience. These courses highlight the sites where social, political and economic ideals are both created and contested.

AMST 207 Baseball and American Culture
ANTH 211 Power, Protest and Politics
ANTH 214 Rethinking Families
ANTH 247 Urban Anthropology
ANTH 319 Feminist and Political Anthropology
ECON 203 Between Labor and Management: Unions
ECON 213 Urban Economics
ECON 232 The U.S Economy: A Critical Analysis
ECON 243 The Political Economy of Race
ECON 310 Economics and Gender
ECON 313 African American Economic History
EDUC 210 Schooling and Social Equality
EDUC 252 History of Disability
EDUC 370 Multiculturalism
EDUC 348 Our National Parks
ENV 201 Environment and Society
ENV 202 Human Values and the Environment
ENV 205 Introduction to Environmental Law
ENV 237 American Indian Environmentalism
ENV 245 Radical Environmentalism
ENV 320 Natural Resource Law
ENV 330 Sustainability, Commodities and Consumption
ENV 333 Environmental Justice and American Literature
HIST 233 History of American Thought to 1865
HIST 234 History of American Thought from 1865 to Present
HIST 243 US Legal and Constitutional History to 1865
HIST 244 Us Legal and Constitutional History Since 1865
HIST 246 American Environmental History
HIST 306 The Civil War and Reconstruction
HIST 314 Beyond Sprawl: Suburb and City in Modern America
HIST 317 Women's Rights Movements in the U.S.
HIST 323 Enterprise and Society
HIST 352 Seminar: Wealth, Power and Prestige
POL 204 Modern American Conservatism
POL 211 Visions of the City
POL 212 The Sixties
POL 215 Racial and Ethnic Politics
POL 221 Voting and Elections in America
POL 222 Political Parties
POL 224 The American Congress
POL 225 The American Presidency
POL 229 State and Local Government
POL 236 Urban Politics
POL 238 Sex and Power
POL 332 American Constitutional Law
POL 333 Civil Rights
POL 334 Civil Liberties
POL 335 Law and Society
POL 366 Theories of American Democracy
SOC 206 Kids and Contention
SOC 223 Inequalities
SOC 224 Social Deviance
SOC 225 Sociology of Family
SOC 245 Sociology of Work
SOC 258 Social Problems
SOC 261 Sociology of Education
SOC 263 Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 375 Social Policy

Borders and Empires: Courses in this cluster consider the U.S. in a global context. Where is/isn’t America, anyway? What constitutes its borders? How has American culture shaped and been shaped by ideas, products, policies, and people from other places? Courses in this area place America’s history and culture within a global context, engage questions of American empire or colonialism, consider the U.S. from an exterior perspective, or through global and transnational flows.

AFS 208 Growing Up Black
AFS 309 The African American Cinema
AMST/RUSE 206 America Through Russian Eyes
ANTH 220 Sex Roles: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
ANTH 221 Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples
ANTH 227 Intercultural Communication
ANTH 323 Ethnographies of Capitalism
ANTH 340 Anthropology of the Global Commons
ARCH 310 Early Modern Architecture
ARCH 311 History of Modern Architecture
ARTH 250 Modern Art 1900-1960
ARTH 333 Art Since 1960
ARTH 402 Seminar: Design After Modernism
DAN 212 Dance History II
DAN 214 Dance History III
ENG 270 Globalization and Literature
ENG 370 Geographies of Nowhere: Mapping the Frontier
HIST 205 Modern Mexican History
HIST 226 Colonial Latin America
HIST 238 The World Wars in Global Perspective
HIST 240 Immigration and Ethnicity in America
HIST 320 History and Modern America Memory in the Asia Pacific War
HIST 327 Human Rights
MDSC 313 Global Cinema
POL 249 Protests, Movements, Unions
POL 254 Globalization
POL 290 American Foreign Policy
REL 237 Christianity and Culture
REL 305 Tongs of Fire: Pentecostalism Worldwide
REL 347 Gender and Globalization in the Muslim World
WMST 213 Transnational Feminism and Performance
WRRH 280 Immigrant Experiences: Voices and Discourses
STUDY ABROAD [relevant courses with adviser permission]

Theories and Approaches: These courses deepen students’ American Studies practice by exposing them to the range of theories and approaches that inform the field. Courses in cultural, economic, political, or social theory shape ways of knowing in the (inter)discipline. Methods courses such as ethnography, close-reading, film analysis, GIS/mapping, imaging, or statistics inform different varieties of American Studies research. Experiences with public humanities, digital media, or community-based research allow students to use these critical tools in real world settings.

AMST 330 Digital Humanities
ANTH 273 Ethnographic Research and Methods
ANTH 306 History of Anthropological Theory
ARCH 204 Introduction to Historic Preservation
ARCH 305 Environmental Design, Planning and Preservation
ARCH/ENV 315 Sustainable Community Development Methods
ARCS 303 Visual Notes and Analysis: The Designer's Sketchbook
ARTH 307 Cultural Theory and Art History
ARTS 165 Introduction of Imagining
ARTS 166 Introduction to Video 1
ARTS 265 Intermediate Imaging
ARTS 266 Intermediate Video II: Video, New Media and Installation Art
BIDS 200 Introductory Dialogues in Critical Social Studies
CPSC 120 Principles of Computer Science
ECON 160 Principles of Economics
ECON 300 Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
ECON 301 Microeconomic Theory and Policy
ECON 305 Political Economy
EDUC 220 Storytelling and the Oral Tradition
ENG 200 Critical Methods
ENG 205 Narrative Analysis
ENG 280 Film Analysis
ENG 310 Cultural Theory and Popular Culture
ENG 321 Modernism and Postmodernism
ENG 360 Sexuality and American Literature
ENG 399 Hybrid Forms
ENV 203 Fundamentals of GIS
ENV 310 Advanced GIS
ENV 333 Environmental Justice and American Literature
HIST 229 Public History
HIST 233 History of American Thought to 1865
HIST 234 History of American Thought from 1865 to Present
MDSC 304 Media and Theory
MDSC 305 Film Editing I
MDSC 308 Film Editing II
MDSC 315 Introduction of Social Documentary
MUS 110 Introduction to Music Theory
MUS 214 Music Criticism in Theory and Practice
PHIL 162 Ethics of Civic Engagement
PHIL 220 Semiotics
PHIL 230 Aesthetics
PHIL 345 Power, Privilege and Knowledge
POL 270 African American Political Thought
POL 366 Theories of American Democracy
POL 368 Contemporary Political Theory
POL 375 Feminist Legal Theory
POL 380 Theories of International Relations
SJSP 101 Community Based Research
SOC 211 Research Methods
SOC 212 Data Analysis
SOC 220 Social Psychology
SOC 290 Sociology of Community
SOC 300 Classical Sociological Theory
THTR 100 From Page to Stage
THTR 290 Theatre for Social Change
WMST 300 Feminist Theory
WMST 301 Feminist Oral History
WRRH 345 Rhetoric of Place

There may be additional newer courses with substantial American content or methodological relevance not listed here; students who wish to count such courses toward their American Studies major or minor should speak to their adviser.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

AMST 101 Myths & Paradoxes How do we study American culture though an interdisciplinary lens? How do American ideals—such as freedom and individualism—relate to American inequalities? Is "America" itself a place or an idea? This introductory course in American Studies will engage a number of questions that are central to an evolving field by focusing on tensions and contradictions in American culture. Students will examine core American concepts, such as the “American Dream,” “freedom and equality,” immigration and the "melting pot," as well as infrastructures like consumer culture, democracy, and national borders. The course also introduces students to American Studies methods through close interdisciplinary analysis of a variety of cultural artifacts, such as popular fiction, leisure, music, performance, propaganda or social practices. Readings will be drawn from a range of sources, including politics, history, popular culture, literature, media studies, and contemporary theory. (Staff, offered annually)

AMST 201 Methods of American Studies This class introduces American Studies as a scholarly field, and investigates how American Studies scholars, think, argue, research and write. Beginning with the history of American Studies, students read “classical” works and identify the major intellectual and methodological questions of the field. Course materials include the American Studies scholarship across the 20th century, including the “myth and symbol’ school, literary and feminist critiques, material and popular culture, questions of border, empire, and nation, and critical race studies.Students will also practice the archival and other research techniques underlying interdisciplinary research, and explore the limitations and benefits of the different tools we can use to study the U.S.. (Staff, offered annually)

AMST 206 America Through Russian Eyes How do you define America? Does your definition mesh with what the rest of the world might think? This course explores American culture and identify through readings and films by American and Russian poets, novelists, and directors. From Red scares through the Cold War and Evil Empire all the way to the New Russians, twentieth-and twenty-first-century Americans and Russians have shared a deep mutual fascination, and have often defined themselves via contrast with the forbidding, alluring Other. We will study travelogues, memoirs, novels, stories, and films by artists as diverse as John Steinbeck, Langston Hughes, Gary Shteyngart, Ellen Litman, and Aleksei Balabanov, using these works to refine our own understanding of American culture. All readings and discussions will be in English. Register for either AMST 206 (prerequisite: AMST 100 or AMST 101) or RUSE 206 (prerequisite: RUSE 112 or HIST 263). (Welsh, offered alternate years)

AMST 207 Baseball and American Culture This class focuses on baseball and its relationship to American culture. For a long time, baseball has been the quintessential American game. In this class, we will examine the role (s) of technology, media, culture and nationalism in explaining the unique role of baseball to the American identity. (Deutchman and Hatch)

AMST 210 Sex and the City: Gender, Sexuality and Urban America at the Turn of the Century In 1926 shop girl Lilly Dache stood on the streets of New York and proclaimed “I was in love with the city and I did not need a man.” Ninety years later, HBO heroine Carrie Bradshaw remarked: "If you can only have one great love then this city just may be mine.” For women the modern city has been both a site of possibility and a site of risk. On one hand, the anonymity of the modern city has made it a space of illicit sexualities and nonconformist gender practices. At the same time, the structures and cultures of cities often inscribe normative gender and sexuality. Through readings in urban theory, social history, women’s studies, geography, and sociology we will explore how gender and sexuality are constitutive of and by urban form and urban life. Readings comprise primarily of secondary sources, supplemented by in-class primary source readings and visual material. Topics covered include prostitution, gay and lesbian sexualities, public and private space, sexual violence, and race. (Offered annually)

AMST 330 Digital Humanities The term “digital humanities” has a plethora of different definitions, ranging from the idea of using digital tools to perform traditional humanities work; studying modes of new media as objects of humanistic inquiry; and a new culture and ethos of collaboration. In this course we’ll be using the tools of digital technologies to extend our inquiry into the cultural productions of the United States. Through a mix of seminar discussions, hands-on tutorials, and project-based work, this course will provide students with theoretical and practical foundations for working in the Digital Humanities, covering topics such as digitization, encoding, analysis, and visualization. The centerpiece of this class will be a digital humanities project: you will do you own original research into nineteenth century dime novels to make an on-line exhibit for our library. Creating this project will teach you the skills of humanities scholars- research, writing and analyzing and will let you put this knowledge to work. No technical background is required. (Belanger, Offered annually)

AMST 360 Art, Memory & Cultural Power of Place This course focuses on the public work of American Studies; the techniques, concerns and practical issues of engaged scholars. Working with city residents and community members, students will explore community cultural development. How do communities make decisions about what is worth saving, worth remember and why? How do these narratives and memories shape and transform common understandings of place? In turn, how do common understandings of place dictate the usage and extent of community control over its neighborhood? Struggles over the meaning and usage of place serve as a catalyst for conversations about how historical narrative is crafted in communities often overlooked by conventional histories. Narrations of the past help people imagine a place of their own, while cultural expression in the arts help people articulate these visions. Thus, over the course of the semester we will also examine how art gives voice to those on the margins of history, how history can infuse art with meaning and relevance, and how power of place can be used to revitalize our cities and neighborhoods. Students will also be introduced to the work of public scholars in the fields of community cultural development, historic preservations and museum studies examine the contexts-public policy and economics-that shape the work of non-profit cultural organizations.

As service-learning course, students will work with community partners on a project that addresses community needs. In the process they will explore not only how community is created and preserved in objects, buildings, sites and memories, but also the power of place to render community visible. (Belanger, offered alternate years)

AMST 465 Senior Seminar: Issues in American Studies (Offered annually)