AMST: American Studies (Undergraduate)

AMST 1005  Introduction to American Studies  (4 Credits)  

This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of American Studies. Students will analyze various primary and secondary sources relate to the understanding and evolution of 'American identity,' different worldviews that make up 'American culture,' and the image of America in the world. Concepts to be explored may include identity, law, policy, gender, history, culture, nation, class, race, sexuality, society.

Attributes: American History Gen Ed, Liberal

AMST 1998  Individualized Studies in American Studies (AMST)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in American Studies (AMST). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

AMST 2998  Individualized Studies in American Studies (AMST)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in American Studies (AMST). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

AMST 3005  American Cultural History  (4 Credits)  

This study exposes students to the history of the United States through the anthropological lens of ethnology (i.e., the study of the characteristics of various peoples and the relationships between them). Students will compare the experiences of various ethnic, religious, gender, and racial groups, and the results of their social interactions in order to better understand the development of the US from the people themselves. The intent of this study is to utilize the concepts, materials, and tools employed by the disciplines of history and ethnology to uncover the various perspectives that make up US identity. Prerequisite (must complete before registering): US History to 1865: What Does it Mean to be a Free Nation? (HIST 2025), or equivalent Note: Pairs well with HIS 4000 American Ethnic History.

Attributes: American History Gen Ed, Social Science Gen Ed, Liberal

AMST 3010  Artifacts & Cultures of the Americas  (4 Credits)  

This study examines how objects, artifacts, and other forms of material culture -- from art work and clothing to jewelry and food-- become meaningful in culture across the Americas. Students will have the opportunity to experience the results of material exchange through hands-on practical projects dealing with New World artifacts, folklore, paintings, and historical documents. By the completion of this study, students will develop an understanding about the cultures of the Americas, the results of cultural exchanges, and the importance of material objects and items in this region in the world.

Attributes: Other World Civilization Gn Ed, Liberal, Partial Arts Gen Ed

AMST 3015  Cold War America  (4 Credits)  

This advanced study explores the origins and progress of the so-called 'Cold War' in America. Broad in scope, the study considers many factors, including the origins of the Cold War, U.S. diplomatic relations from the end of World War II to the present (with emphasis on the years 1950-80), Cold War popular culture, the Civil Rights movement and many other topics.

Attributes: American History Gen Ed, Liberal

AMST 3020  History of American Medicine & Public Health  (4 Credits)  

This advanced study explores the history of American medicine and public health from colonial times to the present. Topics include early American epidemics such as smallpox, colonial medicine, midwifery, the professionalization of medicine in America, 19th century health reform, the Civil War, modern medicine and the welfare state, biomedical research, vaccines, 20th century epidemics such as AIDS, and many other topics. Students read primary documents and scholarly articles, and write scholarly essays. Students must possess advanced college level research and writing skills to succeed in this course.

Attributes: American History Gen Ed, Liberal

AMST 3025  Reel America  (4 Credits)  

This advanced study explores the history of the United States through its films. Students will learn how films both reflect and shape American history, culture and society. Students will view and analyze films in terms of their historical placement and content as well as utilize interdisciplinary methods to explore themes.

Attributes: American History Gen Ed, Liberal

AMST 3998  Individualized Studies in American Studies (AMST)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in American Studies (AMST). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

AMST 4005  Film & American History  (4 Credits)  

This advanced study is designed for students who have taken the course, Reel America, or who have a background in film history from another source. Students must know how to view and evaluate films from a historical (rather than technical, literary or other mode of analysis) perspective before they begin this study. Students will select an era of American film history (e.g., Early 20th Century, The Great Depression, World War II, The film noir era, The Cold War, etc.) and do a focused historical study of the films pertinent to that era. Prerequisite (must complete before registering): Reel America (AMST 3025)

Attributes: American History Gen Ed, Liberal

AMST 4010  History of Mental Illness in America  (4 Credits)  

This advanced study explores perceptions of and treatments for mental illness in America from colonial times, when mentally ill persons were sold with their cages to the highest bidder, to today's explosion of mental illness diagnoses, and the drugs used to treat them. Prerequisites: US History Survey or equivalent Students should possess advanced college level reading and writing skills.

Attributes: American History Gen Ed, Liberal

AMST 4998  Individualized Studies in American Studies (AMST)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in American Studies (AMST). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.