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American Studies

IHAMST140 What Is American Studies?

Explores historical and contemporary issues from American culture(s). Topics may include nationhood, identity, and cultural production. Annually.

IHAMST248 Intro to Indigenous Cultures of the Americas

Introduction to studies of Indigenous peoples in 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. Fall

IIAMST250 Interpreting American Cultures

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. Prerequisite: ITW 101 or its equivalent. Annually.

AMST298 Independent Study

1-8 credits

An opportunity for a qualified student to explore work in an area of individual interest, selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty member. Repeatable to a total of 8 credits. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor who will supervise the independent study.

AMST350 Perspectives On American Culture

Interdisciplinary writing and research methods workshop, emphasizing revision and multiple drafts of student projects. Research explores American Studies theory and history, emphasizes role of ideology in forming national identity. Prepares students for the program's 400 level seminar. Prerequisite: IIAMST 250. Spring.

IIAMST370 American Biography

Interdisciplinary course examines selected biographies of Americans and American-identified figures from historical and literary perspectives. Readings contextualize developments in American culture and society (writ large) from 1492 to the present. Intended for nonmajors. Includes autobiographies. Prerequisite: 24 ISP credits, including ITW 101 and QL. Annually.

IHAMST372 Readings in American Studies

Examines primary, theoretical, and critical materials related to American Studies. May engage historical, philosophical, artistic, and literary issues in American culture(s). Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. Annually.

IIAMST375 American Cultural Studies

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 nonmajors. Prerequisite: 24 ISP credits, including ITW 101 and QL. Annually.

AMST390 Critical Approaches

Interdisciplinary exploration of selected topics or critical approaches relating to American experience. May be repeated as topics change. Annually.

IIAMST391 Interdisciplinary Topics in American Studies

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. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and QL. Spring.

AMST490 Advanced Special Topics

An interdisciplinary exploration of selected and advanced topics relating to American experience. May be repeated as topics change. Annually.

AMST495 Seminar

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. Prerequisites: ITW 101, IIAMST 250, AMST 350. Fall.

AMST497 Internship

1-4 credits

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 total of 8 credits. Prerequisites: Permission of American Studies coordinator, and approval and appropriate supervision by core faculty.

AMST498 Independent Study

1-8 credits

Intensive study of an issue, problem, or topic related to American Studies. Consent required of the instructor who will supervise the independent study. May be repeated to a total of 8 credits.