• AMST-140 American Dialogues (3)

    This course investigates current issues in the media and examines their underlying connections to gender, race, and sexuality in American history. Topics covered may include: school shootings, bullying, urban education, locker room culture, gendered behavior codes, racial profiling, birth control, and media representation of sexuality. Texts include essays, films, television shows, songs, YouTube clips, and other media.

    Attributes: AMSS YLIB
  • AMST-180D CC Indians in Amer Culture (3)

    This course is concerned with the presence of Native Americans in American culture. This “presence” is understood in terms of the actual presence of Native Americans (historically as well as in the present day) and in the persistence of ideas about Native Americans as crucial to the development of an American national identity. The class approaches the topic from a variety of directions. In addition to the explorations of cultural ideas via novels, films, and historical studies of American ideas about the “Indian,” historical and contemporary social and political topics are also addressed.

    Attributes: AMHU CC YLIB
  • AMST-190C Work in America (3)

    This course explores work in America via three major units: nature and meaning of work; historical work experiences among different cultures; and contemporary workplace issues (living wage, overwork, underemployment, paid and unpaid labor). Students investigate differing notions of “work” in America from a range of disciplinary perspectives including oral history, sociology, literature, film, and the arts.

    Attributes: AMSS YLIB
  • AMST-201C P1 Picturing the Past (3)

    This course is intended to introduce students to the potentials and perils of using photography as a source of historical knowledge. Beginning with an assumption that our understanding of much of American history has been shaped by the photographic images we have been exposed to (for instance, Matthew Brady’s Civil War photographs and the FSA record of the Great Depression), the course explores the ways that photographs have been used to understand the past and examines the inherent contradictions of photographs being both “objective” facts and subjective expressions, thereby revealing the pitfalls of expecting photographs to tell the truth. Cross-listed with ARTS 201C.

    Attributes: AMHU MUST P1 YLIB
  • AMST-203C P1 Hollywood Film Genres (3)

    Hollywood has a long history of being one of the centers of the global motion picture industry. In this course, students learn about one of the most important approaches to understanding Hollywood films: genre theory. In any given semester, students will study one or more major film genres (film noir, westerns, romantic comedies, teen movies, etc.) and engage with some of the critical texts pertinent to that genre.

    Attributes: AMHU P1 PROD YLIB
  • AMST-204P P1 Film,TV &Visual Culture (3)

    This course introduces students to a range of perspectives on contemporary film, television, and visual culture, using a substantial range of readings and weekly screenings to explore ideas of how we understand visual media, visual literacy, and visual culture. This course is intended to help shift the cultural positions of students from being simple spectators to being informed insiders of American visual culture.

    Attributes: AMHU P1 PROD YLIB
  • AMST-210P P3 American Experience (3)

    The United States is premised on the ideals of democracy and equality, but the realities of the nation’s past show that the United States has sometimes fallen short of those ideals. In this course, we consider the ways that race, gender, and class have helped shape “the American experience.” We use fiction, film, autobiography, photography, and the mass media to explore these themes.

    Attributes: P3 YLIB
  • AMST-216 P2 Feminist Theory (3)

    This course explores historical foundations of American feminisms and charts three waves of feminist movements, discussing the evolution of feminist theories from 19th through 21st century America. We discuss how other social movements, such as the abolitionist movement, have informed and contributed to American feminisms. Contemporary themes include multicultural feminism, Black feminism, youth activism, and feminist teaching theories. Cross-listed with WGST 216.

    Attributes: AMSS P2 WGST YLIB
  • AMST-217 P1 Amer Crime Narratives (3)

    This course will ask students to closely examine the function of the crime narrative in American culture. We will be reading and viewing a variety of texts (e.g. The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Godfather (I and II), and New Jack City.) At the heart of the course will be the contention that crime narratives are never only about the crime committed but instead also embody larger cultural debates. These debates center around such issues as race and class and gender, but also around notions such as the American Dream, the role of religion in our culture, and our faith in empiricism and our ability to explicate human behavior.

    Attributes: AMHU P1 YLIB
  • AMST-233D P1 American Memory (3)

    How does memory work? This course investigates American memory as a cultural “site,” examining the place of memory in the identity, writing, and history of individuals and cultures. We examine representations of memory in different forms, including public and private memory; reading and writing memory; and buried and recovered memory. We use autobiography, memoir, essays, and history to explore these themes. Authors may include Tobias Wolff, Joan Didion, Rebecca Walker, Maxine Hong Kingston, James Frey.

    Attributes: AMUS P1 YLIB
  • AMST-234D P1 Promised Land (3)

    We’re the “land of milk and honey,” with gold-paved streets. To immigrants, America can represent the ideals of freedom, refuge, education or success. This class examines the conflicting realities of immigrants’ experiences, by reading immigrant literature from the early twentieth century to the present. Our discussions include close literary analysis, as well as broader examination of the literature, in historical and cultural contexts. We explore themes like exile and migration, home and belonging, old and new traditions, assimilation and pluralism.

    Attributes: AMHU P1 YLIB
  • AMST-235 P2 Catholics in America (3)

    A history of the role that Roman Catholics played in the story of the United States (1492-present). The course will examine the religious perspectives which Roman Catholic explorers, immigrants, intellectuals, and the laity brought to a developing philosophy and social history in the New World. Cross-listed with REST 235.

    Attributes: AMHU P2 YLIB
  • AMST-237P P3 Social Protests (3)

    America has seen a rise in social protest movements on a host of issues. This course examines the theory and practice of resistance as they apply to three areas of identity: nation, race, and gender. We examine interlocking systems of power and investigate institutions that have historically oppressed the ?Other.? We read a range of texts (fiction, history, essays) on issues like the following: universality and difference, patriotism and nationalism, prison and torture, struggle and survival, hope and human spirit, language and culture, and writing and activism. Julia Alvarez calls fiction ?a way to travel through the human heart,? so we analyze how fiction creates space for us to re-imagine history and apply theory. Cross-listed with WGST 237P.

    Formerly titled: P3 Hope, Survival & Spirit

    Attributes: AMHU P3 WGST YLIB
  • AMST-250 P1 American Modernism (3)

    This course will introduce you to varying artistic representations of the modern experience in America. We will examine how modern artists, in seeking to fully represent their experience of the world, concerned themselves with how best to translate to readers, viewers, and listeners what it felt to be alive and what it meant to be a conscious and sentient being at a particular place and time. Operating from an interdisciplinary perspective, we will investigate varying approaches that artists took to create their sense of the world around them, and we will seek to unpack the ways in which the emerging city of the twentieth century helped to create what we have come to understand as modernism.

    Attributes: AMHU P1 YLIB
  • AMST-251 P1 Class in Amer Culture (3)

    This course will investigate the role of class in American culture by way of literary and filmic representations of class striving and struggle. Paying attention to historical context, we will consider both: how such narratives embody and reflect American myths and ideals such as the “rags to riches” myth and the ideal of the “self-made man”, and what these narratives suggest about the universality,or lack thereof, of such ideals and myths along different gender, racial, and ethnic lines.

    Attributes: AMHU P1 YLIB
  • AMST-270 Career Planning Seminar (1)

    This course is designed for American Studies majors and minors to help them better understand the unique features of the field of American Studies in order for them to more effectively make use of their major in their career of choice.

    Attributes: YLIB
    Restrictions: Including: -Major: American Studies, American Studies, American Studies; Excluding: -Major: American Studies, American Studies, American Studies
  • AMST-273P P5 American Social Justice (3)

    In this service-learning course, students identify genuine needs in Rochester area communities, and work to address these needs through service projects. In this discussion-based class, we examine social institutions and social change from a cultural studies perspective, including topics like site analysis, reflective writing, and working in unfamiliar communities. We put theory into practice, using an interdisciplinary approach to make meaningful contributions to social justice and/or social change.

    Attributes: AMSS P5 YLIB ZCIV
  • AMST-300D P1 Reading Amer Culture (3)

    In this course, students are introduced to methods for analyzing a wide range of primary source materials relevant to the study of American culture. In any given semester, students may examine issues related to the myth of the frontier, immigration, the politics of race and/or gender, popular culture; all of which are central topics in the field of American Studies. The materials examined in any given semester may include literature, photography, art, magazines, films, political documents, etc. Analytical skills are foregrounded over theoretical models. For American Studies majors, this course serves as preparation for more advanced study of American culture.

    Attributes: P1 YLIB
  • AMST-370 AMST: Discipline & Theory (3)

    In this course, students trace how the theoretical and methodological approaches to some of the key questions in American Studies have changed over the years, leading students to an understanding of both the contingency of knowledge and the complexity of the field. Students are asked to examine how other scholars have approached some of the material they encountered in AMST 300D, and students begin to enter into a dialogue with other practitioners of American Studies.

    Attributes: YLIB ZRES
    Pre-requisites: AMST-300D D-
  • AMST-470 Senior Research Seminar (3)

    This capstone course is a research-intensive seminar in which students will engage in research projects of their own choosing. The beginning of the semester includes exercises in research methodology and identification of appropriate research topics. The second half of the semester includes class presentations and research paper workshop exercises. Cross-listed with WGST 470.

    Attributes: WGST YLIB ZCAP ZRES
    Pre-requisites: AMST-370 D-
    Restrictions: Including: -Class: Junior, Senior
  • AMST-475 Washington DC-Internship (6 TO 9)

    Washington Experience semester is offered through The Washington Center. Permission of the advisor, the department chair and TWC liaison (Dr. Monica Litzenberger) is required to register.

    Attributes: YLIB
    Pre-requisites: AMST-476 Y D-
  • AMST-476 Washington DC-Seminar (3 TO 6)

    Washington Experience semester is offered through The Washington Center. Permission of the advisor, the department chair and TWC liaison (Dr. Monica Litzenberger) is required to register.

    Attributes: YLIB
    Pre-requisites: AMST-477 Y D-
  • AMST-477 Washington DC-Forum (1 TO 3)

    Washington Experience semester is offered through The Washington Center. Permission of the advisor, the department chair and TWC liaison (Dr. Monica Litzenberger) is required to register.

    Attributes: YLIB
  • AMST-490 Internship (1 TO 3)

    These courses allow qualified students to gain work experience in a variety of settings related to their major. Internships are graded S/U and are applied as electives. Permission of the department chair is required to register.

    Attributes: YLIB
    Restrictions: Including: -Major: American Studies, American Studies -Class: Junior, Senior
  • AMST-496 Independent Study – AMST (.5 TO 3)

    This course is intended to allow upper-division majors to explore specific topics of special interest not covered in the regular American Studies curriculum. Working with a faculty advisor, the student prepares a written proposal that is submitted to the department chair for approval. Completion of the Independent Study/Tutorial Authorization form is required.

    Attributes: YLIB
    Restrictions: Including: -Major: American Studies, American Studies -Class: Junior, Senior
  • AMST-1001 American Identities (3)

    Course covers how the diverse identities of Americans are constructed, defined, and explained. Introduces a variety of methods and approaches that constitute the field of American Studies. Through a range of sources, including history, fiction, film, and music, It explores individual, family, community, class, gender, ethnic, and racial identities in relation to regional and national identities as they have been defined in the post-World War II era.

    Attributes: AMUS LC YLIB
    Restrictions: Including: -Class: Freshman -Attribute: New Core 20-21
  • AMST-1299 Research-based Writing (3)

    Students study and practice skills central to academic and professional research through the development of inquiry-based projects. In their projects, student assert, support, and integrate their own positions into scholarly conversation based in research. Students develop competency in the location, evaluation, analysis and documentation of sources that represent a range of different perspectives on important issues.

    Attributes: RW YLIB
    Restrictions: Including: -Class: Freshman, Sophomore -Attribute: New Core 20-21
  • AMST-2120 College Life is Civic Life (3)

    While it is not uncommon to hear people discuss college life as somehow divorced from “real life,” that perception of higher education is inaccurate. Colleges and universities are buffeted by the same forces – economic, political, cultural, climatological – that impact the rest of the world. College life is real life and if “real life” involves civic engagement, then it stands to reason that civic engagement can be a meaningful part of college life. In this course, we cover some history of students being civically engaged in the United States, particularly over the past fifty years or so. We scan the landscape of contemporary higher education and some of the social issues found pressing on college campuses across the country. Armed with a better understanding of the variety of campus issues being addressed in the contemporary United States, students have the opportunity to add their voices to the chorus of students seeking to make a meaningful impact on the world. Students work collaboratively to identify issues of importance and to find ways to move the needle on tough issues in the direction that they would like to see things changed.

    Attributes: AMSS CCE YLIB
  • AMST-2201 Photography and Amer Scene (3)

    This course introduces students to the potentials and challenges of using photography as a source of historical information. It begins with the assumption that much of our understanding of the past has been shaped by the images of the past that we’ve seen. (Think about your high school history books, for example.) The class then moves to an analysis of the ways that photographs have been used to represent and interpret the world. These two strands lead to the inherent contradictions of photographs being both “objective” records of the physical world and subjective expressions of individual photographers.

    Attributes: AMHU CIA YLIB

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