AMST 100: Introduction to American Studies (F, S)
This course introduces students to interdisciplinary modes of analyzing American culture. Core readings across disciplines will be supplemented by instruction and practice in various research strategies, including oral history, use of AMST-related data bases, and critical deconstruction of primary sources, that focus on the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, and gender. Readings, films, field trips, and activities will also emphasize the use of myths, symbols, and images in analyzing the American experience. Open to non-majors; no prerequisites.
AMST 200: Themes and Topics in American Culture (F, S)
This course focuses on one American theme or topic (e.g., “The Family in American Culture,” “The City in American Life”) and examines it from the perspectives of multiple academic disciplines. The course builds on and refines the analytic skills presented in AMST 100, and it provides opportunities for students to draw on, integrate, and synthesize content from AMST core discipline courses, as well as from AMST controlled electives. (May be repeated for credit as topic varies.)
AMST 360: Internships (F, S)
Working under a professional supervisor, students expand their understanding of American culture and society through hands-on participation at a professional site. The internship requires meetings with the faculty supervisor, reflection journals, a major paper, and an evaluation by the site supervisor.
AMST 400: Capstone Seminar in American Studies (F, S)
This seminar requires core readings on a selected theme as well as refinement of research skills relevant to the completion of a major research paper. Prerequisites: AMST 100, AMST 200.