American Studies (AMST)

Director: Associate Professor Christopher Vials

Office: Philip E. Austin Building, Room 118

1201. Introduction to American Studies

(Also offered as ENGL 1201 and HIST 1503.) Three credits.

What is an American? A multi-disciplinary inquiry into the diversity of American societies and cultures. CA 4.

1700. Honors Core: American Landscapes

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to freshman and sophomore honors students.

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. CA 1.

3082. Critical Race Theory as Political Theory

(Also offered as POLS 3082.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1002.

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.

3265W. Seminar in American Studies

(Also offered as ENGL 3265W.) (Formerly offered as INTD 265W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. With a change of content, may be repeated for credit.

An in-depth study of an event, historical period, or cultural production from an interdisciplinary perspective.

3271. Immigration and Transborder Politics

(Also offered as LLAS 3271 and POLS 3834.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

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.

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. May be repeated for credit. Students taking this course will be assigned a grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

3440. Nineteenth Century American Art

(Also offered as ARTH 3440.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

An overview of major artists and stylistic movements in the United States in the long 19th century.

3440W. Nineteenth Century American Art

(Also offered as ARTH 3440W.) Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3542. New England Environmental History

(Also offered as HIST 3542.) Three credits. Recommended preparation: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

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.

3568. Hip-Hop, Politics and Youth Culture in America

(Also offered as AFRA 3568 and HIST 3568.) Three credits.

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.

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.

3699. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: 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.

3807. Constitutional Rights and Liberties

(Also offered as HRTS 3807 and POLS 3807.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

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.

3822. Law and Popular Culture

(Also offered as POLS 3822.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

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.

3822W. Law and Popular Culture

(Also offered as POLS 3822W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

4897. Honors Thesis

Credits and hours by arrangement. Open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor.

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