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Spring 2009


General Education Info: GFR | GEP (for students starting Fall 2007)



AMST 100  Ideas and Images in American Culture                    3 credits

          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0057] 0101 MWF.......11:00am-11:50am (SOND111)       BRYAN, K
[0058] 0201 TuTh......11:30am-12:45pm (ACIV015)       CRASE, K


AMST 200  Multicultural America                                   3 credits

          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0059] 0101 MWF.......10:00am-10:50am (SOND208)       BHALLA, T
[0060] 0201 MWF.......11:00am-11:50am (SOND209)       BHALLA, T


AMST 290  Approaches in American Studies                          3 credits

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GEP:Meets WI.
[0061] 0101 MW.........1:00pm- 2:15pm (FA  530)       BRYAN, K
[0062] 0201 MW.........2:30pm- 3:45pm (FA  530)       BRYAN, K


AMST 310  Gender and Inequality in America                        3 credits

          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GEP/GFR:Meets  AH.   Also  listed  as GWST
          310.
[0063] 0101 Tu.........7:10pm- 9:40pm (ITE 231)       TAYLOR, D


AMST 320  Television in American Culture                          3 credits

          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0064] 0101 TuTh.......2:30pm- 3:45pm (SOND208)       HUMMEL, M
[0065] 0201 TuTh.......4:00pm- 5:15pm (SOND208)       HUMMEL, M


AMST 325  Studies in Popular Culture                              3 credits

          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0066] 0101 TuTh......10:00am-11:15am (SOND107)       KING, P


AMST 350  Critical Decades The 1960s                              3 credits

          Grade  Method: REG/P-F/AUD  Few decades in
          recent  American  history  have  generated
          more  controversy  than the  1960s. An era
          once memorably described by the expression
          that  "if you can remember the sixties you
          weren't  really there," this was an age of
          remarkable political and social change and
          upheaval.  Characterized  by,  among other
          things,  the  Bay  of  Pigs and  the Cuban
          missile crisis; the Vietnam war; the civil
          rights  movement;  the  assassinations  of
          President  John F.  Kennedy, Martin Luther
          King  Jr.,  and Robert  Kennedy; President
          Lyndon   Johnson's   "Great  Society"  the
          counter  culture and Woodstock; as well as
          the  first man on the moon; to say nothing
          of  challenges  to  the status  quo in the
          areas  of  race  and  gender,  this  was a
          decade  that  changed  America.  Beginning
          with   a   brief  look  at  the  allegedly
          conformist fifties and ending in the 1970s
          with  Watergate  and  the  resignation  of
          President  Richard Nixon, this course will
          examine the political, cultural and social
          aspects   of  that  turbulent  decade  the
          1960s.
[0067] 0101 TuTh.......2:30pm- 3:45pm (SOND110)       CAMPBELL, D


AMST 355  Special Topics in Culture and Policy Life               3 credits
          During Wartime: A Multidisciplinary               
          Investigation                                     

          Grade  Method: REG/P-F/AUD  This course is
          designed   to  bring  the  wars  in  Iraq,
          Afghanistan,  and the "war on terror" into
          clearer  focus for  students using muliple
          disciplinary   perspectives  and  methods.
          Also listed as MCS 370.
[7557] 0101 TuTh.......1:00pm- 2:15pm (PUP 105)       LOVIGLIO, J


AMST 356  Special Topics in Community and Diversity               3 credits
          :Preserving Places, Making Spaces in              
          Baltimore                                         

          Grade   Method:  REG/P-F/AUD  This  course
          focuses    on   the   role   of   historic
          preservation in American culture. Students
          will   plan   and   create  an  innovation
          preservation   project   memorializing  an
          aspect   of  Baltimore's  contribution  to
          American    history   and   culture.   The
          professional  and scholarly aspects of the
          field  of  historic  preservation  will be
          explored   together   to   highlight   the
          importance  of blending  practical problem
          solving  skills with issues of culture and
          diversity.  The  class  will focus  on the
          role  of overlooked  groups, whose stories
          need  to  be  preserved  and  promoted  to
          better   appreciate  the  history  of  the
          greater  Baltimore  region.  Pulling  from
          Delores Hayden's "Power of Place" project,
          a   small  nonprofit  corporation  in  Los
          Angeles  with  the  purpose  of  situating
          "women's  history  and  ethnic  history in
          downtown,   in   public   places,  through
          experimental,  collaborative  projects  by
          historians,  designers, and  artists," the
          class preservation projects can range from
          a  small display in  a local museum, park,
          or  business,  to a  multimedia project, a
          festival,  a walking tour brochure, or any
          other  innovative way to memorialize place
          beyond      traditional     and     costly
          rehabilitation  of historic buildings. The
          final  project must be  open to the public
          and  strive  to  bring people  together by
          creating  a space for  celebrating a piece
          of Baltimore's history and culture.
[0069] 0101 TuTh......11:30am-12:45pm (SOND409)       KING, P


AMST 357A Special Topics in Communications, Media,                3 credits
          and the Arts : Theories of Media and              
          Culture                                           

          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
[0070] 0101 MW.........1:00pm- 2:15pm (SOND209)       MOFFITT, K


AMST 357B Special Topics in Communications, Media,                3 credits
          and the Arts : Sports and Media                   

          Grade   Method:  REG/P-F/AUD  This  course
          examines  the American  sports industry as
          it  intersects  with  issues of  power and
          ideology  in the media.  Through a reading
          of  print media, as well as an analysis of
          sports  in American culture, students will
          have  the opportunity to view the multiple
          aspects of sports beyond its entertainment
          value.  In  particular,  the  course  will
          utilize    the    concept   of   "ultimate
          meritocracy"     to     investigate    its
          manifestation   in   the  American  sports
          industry.
[0071] 0101 MWF.......10:00am-10:50am (SOND101)       MOFFITT, K
[0072] 0201 MWF.......11:00am-11:50am (SOND207)       MOFFITT, K


AMST 388  American Environments: Landscape and                    3 credits
          Culture                                           

          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0073] 0101 TuTh.......1:00pm- 2:15pm (FA  306)       ORSER, E


AMST 391  Studies in American Culture                             3 credits

          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
[0074] 0101 TuTh.......1:00pm- 2:15pm (FA  215)       CAMPBELL, D


AMST 392  Studies in American Society                             3 credits

          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GEP:N/A. GFR:Meets SS.
[0075] 0101 TuTh......10:00am-11:15am (ITE 229)       ORSER, E


AMST 400  Independent Projects in American Studies              1-3 credits

(PermReq) Grade   Method:   REG/P-F/AUD   Individual
          Instruction  course: contact department or
          instructor for permission to enroll.
[0076] 0101 Time and room to be arranged              BELASCO, W
[0077] 0201 Time and room to be arranged              KING, P
[0078] 0301 Time and room to be arranged              MCDERMOTT, P
[0079] 0401 Time and room to be arranged              ORSER, E
[0080] 0501 Time and room to be arranged              MOFFITT, K
[0081] 0601 Time and room to be arranged              BRYAN, K
[0082] 0701 Time and room to be arranged              LOVIGLIO, J
[0083] 0801 Time and room to be arranged              BHALLA, T


AMST 404  Internship                                            1-3 credits

(PermReq) Grade  Method: P-F  Individual Instruction
          course:  contact department  or instructor
          for permission to enroll.
[0084] 0101 Time and room to be arranged              BELASCO, W
[0085] 0201 Time and room to be arranged              KING, P
[0086] 0301 Time and room to be arranged              MCDERMOTT, P
[0087] 0401 Time and room to be arranged              ORSER, E
[0088] 0501 Time and room to be arranged              MOFFITT, K
[0089] 0601 Time and room to be arranged              BRYAN, K
[0090] 0701 Time and room to be arranged              LOVIGLIO, J
[0091] 0801 Time and room to be arranged              BHALLA, T


AMST 410  Seminar in Community and Diversity                      3 credits
          Claiming the Real: Identity Politics,             
          Authenticity, and                                 

          Grade  Method: REG/P-F/AUD  In this course
          we  will examine what it means to claim an
          "authentic"   racial   identity   in  20th
          century   American  culture  and  ask  how
          notions   of   truth   and   reality   are
          historically  produced  for  the  minority
          subject.   By  surveying  theory,  novels,
          film,  and  other  popular texts,  we will
          consider   the  often  controversial,  yet
          "real"   stakes   of   representation  for
          various  marginalized groups in the United
          States.   How   does   identity  influence
          artistic and cultural production? How does
          identity  influence our perception of art?
          How  do identity politics  - and critiques
          of  identity  politics -  influence how we
          think  about creativity and representation
          in U.S. culture?
[0092] 0101 MW.........1:00pm- 2:15pm (MEYR256)       BHALLA, T


AMST 490  Senior Seminar                                          3 credits

(PermReq) Grade  Method: REG/P-F/AUD Section 0101 of
          AMST  490  will  meet in  ACIV A-wing room
          213.
[0093] 0101 W..........2:00pm- 4:30pm (TBA)           LOVIGLIO, J
[0094] 0201 W..........2:00pm- 4:30pm (FA  450)       MCDERMOTT, P


AMST 496  Honors Research in American Studies                     3 credits

(PermReq) Grade   Method:   REG/P-F/AUD   Individual
          Instruction  course: contact department or
          instructor for permission to enroll.  AMST
          496 all sections will meet in FA 450.
[0095] 0101 Tu.........4:30pm- 7:00pm (FA  450)       BELASCO, W
[0096] 0201 Tu.........4:30pm- 7:00pm (FA  450)       KING, P
[0097] 0301 Tu.........4:30pm- 7:00pm (FA  450)       MCDERMOTT, P
[0098] 0401 Tu.........4:30pm- 7:00pm (FA  450)       ORSER, E
[0099] 0501 Tu.........4:30pm- 7:00pm (FA  450)       MOFFITT, K
[0100] 0601 Tu.........4:30pm- 7:00pm (FA  450)       BRYAN, K
[0101] 0701 Tu.........4:30pm- 7:00pm (FA  450)       LOVIGLIO, J
[0102] 0801 Tu.........4:30pm- 7:00pm (FA  450)       BHALLA, T


AMST 610  Theorizing Identity in Multicultural                    3 credits
          Contexts                                          

          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
[0103] 0101 Th.........4:30pm- 7:00pm (FA  450)       MCDERMOTT, P


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