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Summer 2005




AMST 100  Ideas and Images in American Culture (AH)               3 credits
A broad introduction to the study of American culture, past and present. The course focuses upon primary ideas that have been most influential in the development of American culture and their expression in various forms, written and visual. Special emphasis is placed upon tensions between the individual and society and upon the relationship of culture to subcultures. For more information contact bloom@pa.net.
          Grade Method: REG
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0003] 7060 Meets 07/11/2005 - 08/19/2005             BLOOM, J
            TuTh.......9:00am-12:10pm (FA  015)


AMST 200  Multicultural America (AH)                              3 credits
An interdisciplinary introduction to the multiple cultures that constitute contemporary American society. Includes the history and development of various cultures in the United States, and examines how these intersect with other social distinctions, such as gender, class, religion and region. Examines the conflicts and challenges within a culturally diverse democratic society and how these traditions have, together, informed our concept of America. For more information contact nking@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0004] 7060 Meets 07/11/2005 - 08/19/2005             KING, P
            MW.........1:00pm- 4:10pm (FA  006)


AMST 280  Special Topics in American Studies On the               3 credits
          Road in American Literature                       
Can't travel this summer? Then spend six weeks reading on-the-road literature from Huck Finn to Jack Kerouac, from Into the Wild to Motorcycle Diaries. Light out for new territory in your own armchair as we explore fiction and nonfiction responses to the lure of the road that is part of the American Dream. Note: Also listed as ENGL 243. For more information contact benson@umbc.edu.
          Grade  Method: REG THIS  IS A CROSS-LISTED
          COURSE WITH ENGL 243.
[0005] 6060 Meets 05/31/2005 - 07/08/2005             BENSON, L
            TuTh.......9:00am-12:10pm (FA  006)


AMST 310  Gender and Inequality in America (AH)                   3 credits
An examination of the ways in which sex roles and gender relations are constructed and experienced in American society. The course explores the development of women's sphere, denoting women's position in the family and home; cultural definitions of femininity and masculinity through mass media, education and other agencies of socialization; the relationship between wage-earning and household work; and feminist consciousness and politics. Special attention is paid to the ways in which gender-based experiences are divided by other social relations, particularly those of class, race, sexual orientation and age. Note: Also listed as WMST 310. For more information contact mccann@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.  THIS IS A
          CROSS-LISTED COURSE WITH WMST 310.
[0006] 6060 Meets 05/31/2005 - 07/08/2005             STAFF
            TuTh.......1:00pm- 4:10pm


AMST 320  Television in American Culture (AH)                     3 credits
An examination of the economic, social and artistic implications of television in the United States. Elements considered include television as a corporate structure, with emphasis on rating systems, programming philosophies and strategies, and demographic considerations; particular genres portrayed within daytime and prime-time television; sociological and psychological impact of television on American society; and television as a popular art. For more information contact hummel@wam.umd.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0007] 6060 Meets 05/31/2005 - 07/08/2005             HUMMEL, M
            TuTh.......1:00pm- 4:10pm (ITE 227)


AMST 325  Studies in Popular Culture (AH)                         3 credits
The interplay of the popular arts and American society, using American studies interdisciplinary methodologies. Emphasis will be placed on the modern era from the 1890s to the present, with greatest weight placed upon mass and popular culture of the last quarter of this century. For more information contact hummel@wam.umd.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0008] 6060 Meets 05/31/2005 - 07/08/2005             HUMMEL, M
            TuTh.......6:00pm- 9:10pm


AMST 400  Independent Projects in American Studies              1-3 credits

(PermReq) Grade  Method: REG  Individual Instruction
          course:  contact department  or instructor
          to obtain section number.


AMST 404  Internship                                            1-3 credits

(PermReq) Grade  Method: P-F  Individual Instruction
          course:  contact department  or instructor
          to obtain section number.


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