American Studies (AMST)
An opportunity for a qualified student to explore work in an area of individual interest, selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty member. Consent required of the instructor who will supervise the independent study. Repeatable to a total of 8 credits.
Interdisciplinary writing and research methods workshop, emphasizing revision & multiple drafts of student projects. Research explores American Studies theory and history, emphasizes the role of ideology in the formation of national identity. Prepares students for the programs 400-level seminar.
Interdisciplinary exploration of selected topics or critical approaches relating to American experience. May be repeated as topics change.
An interdisciplinary exploration of selected and advanced topics relating to American experience. May be repeated as topics change.
An interdisciplinary examination of a selected period, theme, or issue related to the American experience. AMST students will propose seminar paper topics that integrate learning from previous courses in American Studies and related disciplines. May be repeated for credit as topics change.
Experience in the field providing an opportunity to explore and reflect on work/professional options related to American Studies. Settings may be museums, historical/preservation/restoration organizations, libraries/archives, media, schools, environmental groups, social services, or other related fields. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 credits. Permission of American Studies coordinator, approval and appropriate supervision by core faculty.
Intensive study of an issue, problem, or topic related to American Studies. Consent required of the instructor who will supervise the independent study. Repeatable to a total of 8 credits.
Explores historical and contemporary issues from American culture(s). Topics may include nationhood, identity and cultural production.
Introduction to Indigenous Studies the Americas and their cultures. Students engage questions concerning indigenous peoples relationships to the legal, historical, and philosophical constructs invested in the United States and other American nation states. Investigations draw upon literature, music, and visual art as well as scholarly works.
Examines primary, theoretical and critical materials related to American Studies. May engage historical, philosophical, artistic, and literary issues in American culture(s).
An examination of a particular aspect of American cultures with an emphasis on developing a critical method appropriate to the interdisciplinary use of texts and other cultural artifacts. May be repeatable as topics change.
Interdisciplinary exploration of a specific aspect or area of American culture employing methods drawn from the field of American Studies. Course moves toward the question: What is American? Readings consider phenomena defining American culture(s) and social structure(s), engaging theoretical, historical, and aesthetic materials. Intended for non-majors.
Course employs perspectives from the interdisciplinary field of American Studies to examine particular social, cultural, political, phenomena related to United States and/or American identity. Topical inquiries made using methods/approaches from academic disciplines such as history, ethnic studies, geography, musicology or literary studies.