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Undergraduate Catalog 2011

American Studies

AMST 100 (3.00)

Introduction to American Studies

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.
   Course ID: 052123
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Course Equivalents: AMST 100H, AMST 100Y
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AMST 100H (3.00)

Introduction to American Studies

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.
   Course ID: 052124
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Course Equivalents: AMST 100, AMST 100Y
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AMST 100Y (4.00)

Introduction to American Studies

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.
   Course ID: 052125
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Discussion, Lecture
   Course Equivalents: AMST 100, AMST 100H
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AMST 200 (3.00)

What is an American?

This course will explore the evolving question of what constitutes American identity and belonging through important readings on race, class, ethnicity, religion, immigration, gender, sexuality, freedom, and equality.
   Course ID: 052126
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Course Equivalents: AMST 200H
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AMST 200H (3.00)

What Is an American?

This course will explore the evolving question of what constitutes American identity and belonging through important readings on race, class, ethnicity, religion, immigration, gender, sexuality, freedom, and equality.
   Course ID: 052127
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Course Equivalents: AMST 200
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AMST 205 (3.00)

Civic Agency and Social Entrepreneurship

By building their theoretical knowledge and practical skills, this course empowers and prepares students to work effectively in their communities, social groups and democracy to initiate and achieve social change. Students will analyze and evaluate prevailing ideas about effective citizenship, activism, service and politics, including conventional assumptions about the limits of ordinary citizens' capacity to become agents of transformation. Students will work in teams to develop strategic plans for social change on campus and beyond.
   Course ID: 100366
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: POLI 205, SOCY 205

AMST 210 (3.00)

Introduction to Critical Sexuality Studies

This course introduces students to the field of critical sexuality studies. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the course conducts a critical inquiry into the historical precedents and theoretical frameworks necessary to understand the role of sexuality in shaping personal, social, economic, and political life. The course focuses on patterns of subordination and exclusion based on individuals┬┐ sexual practices and identities, explains the origins and persistence of those patterns, and considers ways of challenging them. Throughout the course, special attention will be given to intersections of sexuality with gender, race, ethnicity, religion, class, and disability.
   Course ID: 050032
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: GWST 210
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

AMST 230 (3.00)

The Arts in America

This course examines 17th- to 21st-century American art forms from an interdisciplinary perspective. Placing fine arts, popular arts and folk arts in social and cultural context,the course draws on the approaches of folklore, cultural geography, archaeology and anthropology. The course will look at the relationship of art to aesthetics, to gender, to region and to religion in an effort to understand how art forms connect creators to their audiences.
   Course ID: 052130
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AMST 250 (3.00)

Sports in American Culture

An interdisciplinary examination of the role and structure of sports in American culture and society. Topics will include the business of sports, the role of racism and sexism in sports, the structure of high school and college sports, the role of the media in shaping and interpreting sports, as well as a historical overview of the evolution of American athletics.
   Course ID: 052132
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AMST 270 (3.00)

American Culture and Science

An examination of the place and meaning of science and technology in American cultural experience through a series of case studies. This course explores the interconnections of science to American mythologies of material success and progress, as well as the connections between technology and American cultural practices of work and family. Additionally, the course will examine how the scientific and engineering professions themselves represent an American subculture
   Course ID: 052134
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AMST 280 (3.00)

Special Topics in American Studies

An interdisciplinary examination of a selected topic in American culture. Topic is announced each semester offered. Intended for students at the freshman/sophomore level.
   Course ID: 052135
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Topics:Arts In America, Sp Top: Baltimore, Top:Sports In America, Top: American Folklife, Top: Women & Voc Choice, Civic Imag/Social Entrep, Special Topics In Americ, Topics: American Studies, Top: The New Woman, Lesbian & Gay Studies, Sp Top (Hnrs): Baltimore, Top:Intro To Deaf Am Cul, Sports In Amer Culture, Lesbian And Gay Studies, Mthd &Mtlrs Of Research, Sp Top: Amer Dcmtry Film, Top:Educ In Amer Culture, On The Road In Amer Lit, Top: American Foodways, Top: Gender In Amer Film, Coming Of Age In Amer Cu, Top:Sports In Amer Cult, Spec Top In Amer Studies, Top: Sports In America, Tpcs:Balt Album Quilts, Top: Film & Amer Culture, Top:Pop Music&Amer Cult, Native Amer Lit/Culture

AMST 300 (3.00)

Approaches in American Studies

This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary methodological approaches, research practices, and conceptual frameworks of the field of American Studies.The course will examine the historical development of theories and methods in the field, and survey selected interdisciplinary methods and research practices. Students will engage in research and writing exercises designed to develop practical research skills and the ability to apply a range of methods and concepts to the study of American society and culture.
   Course ID: 052142
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Writing Intensive
   Requirement Group: You must complete AMST 100 or 200 with a grade of "C" or better.

AMST 303 (3.00)

Ethnography in America

The focus of this course is to learn ethnographic techniques for understanding self and culture in America. How do we learn about the shared ideals, beliefs and values of different groups of people from their perspective? The course provides practical experience in systematic observation and interviewing. It also includes readings and discussion of such issues as ethics; the ethnographic voice; the relationship of autobiography, novels and other ethnographic literature of American life; as well as the notion of objectivity and subjectivity in analysis and description. Recommended Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture .
   Course ID: 052144
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AMST 304 (3.00)

Community Research

This course will involve undergraduate students in a team-based project to generate field research findings useful to a government or non-profit client/partner. The policy areas to be researched will include environment, health, housing, poverty, and urban development, among others. Team participants will include teaching and research faculty and staff, advanced graduate students, and a Sondheim Program-based Peaceworker. Undergraduates will contribute to the research design and to the preparation of the research findings, and will conduct extensive field research. They will build practical research skills and engage with members of local communities.
   Course ID: 100236
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: GES 304, POLI 304, PUB 304

AMST 310 (3.00)

Gender and Inequality in America

An examination of the ways in which gender roles and gender relations are constructed and experienced in American society. The course explores the development of a woman'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 and age. Recommended Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 050033
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Course Equivalents: AMST 310H
   Same as Offering: GWST 310
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AMST 310H (3.00)

Gender and Inequality in America - Honors

An examination of the ways in which gender roles and gender relations are constructed and experienced in American society. The course explores the development of a woman'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 and age. Recommended Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture or permission of the instructor.
   Course ID: 052145
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Course Equivalents: AMST 310, GWST 310
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AMST 320 (3.00)

Television in American Culture

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. Recommended Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 052146
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AMST 321 (3.00)

Radio in American Culture

This course studies the history of radio in American society with particular focus on an analysis of radio's most popular genres and forms of programming. The course will examine the development of radio programming and genres in cultural context from the first years of the Great Depression, through the "golden age" of the 1930s and 1940s, to the diversity wrought by new technologies and policies in the present. Recommended Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 052147
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AMST 322 (3.00)

American Society and Culture in Film

An analytical examination through a selection of important films dealing with a variety of central problems and issues in American society and culture, including social and cultural change, regional and ethnic variations, political ideology, gender differences, labor history and community continuity. Recommended Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 052148
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AMST 323 (3.00)

Baltimore in Film

This course fosters an in-depth discussion of representations of Baltimore through film. Specifically, we review the works of various directors/writers who utilize Baltimore as the landscape of their film(s) or centralize Baltimore as its story. The works of directors/writers who hail from this metropolitan area are also a key focal point of the course. Through an analysis of these works, we explore the various representations of Baltimore and allow students to think critically about Baltimore as a city. Readings on film studies, media studies, and critical studies research provide a broader understanding of how cities are portrayed in film. Recommended Course Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 100184
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AMST 324 (3.00)

The Road Movie in America and Abroad

This course examines the road movie as an important symbol of American culture. Through a close reading of the cinematic text and scholarship, important cultural issues, such as the frontier, identity, the disintegration of the nuclear family, and the future of the American empire will be explored. In this class students will gain skills for understanding the critical language of cinema and the complexity of how American issues and popular culture travel abroad.
   Course ID: 100190
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AMST 325 (3.00)

Studies in Popular Culture

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. Recommended Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 052149
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AMST 327 (3.00)

Sports and Media in American Society

This course fosters an in-depth discussion of the American sports industry through the lens of media. Special attention will be given to the role that media play in the creation of sports as a business, including but not limited to, its entertainment value. Students will develop an understanding of this economically-profitable industry through a series of readings on media, spectatorship, and the power dynamics of sports, as well as attendance at sporting events. Recommended Course Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 100185
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AMST 344 (3.00)

Made in America: Material Culture in the United States

Material culture consists of the artifacts that Americans construct to meet social/ technological needs and to reflect basic ideas, images and values. Using an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural approach, this course examines how diverse people modify their physical environments. Topics include traditional folk cultural crafts, everyday environments and mass-produced artifacts. Recommended Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 052153
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AMST 350 (3.00)

Critical Decades

An interdisciplinary holistic analysis of certain critical decades in the history of American culture. Focusing on significant turning points, developments in literature, art, religion and social experimentation are studied within their political and social context. Specific decade topic to be announced each semester offered. Recommended Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 052154
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: The 1960S, Critical Decades, America In The 1950's, Critical Decades: 1930's, Critical Decades: 1980's

AMST 352 (3.00)

American Culture in Global Perspective

This course is an interdisciplinary, comparative study of selected aspects of American life. Using materials and approaches from various disciplines, the course will illuminate the meaning and history of particular American social structures, cultural values and ideological themes by placing them in global perspective. Topics vary each semester but have included the history, structure and experience of American and South African race relations; the uses and meanings of "freedom" and "democracy" during the 18th-century American Revolution and 20th-century collapse of Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe; the purpose and definitions of family life, civic life and nature in Euro-American and Native-American cultures; and the interdependence of gendered economies in the United States and Mexico. Recommended Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 052155
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Culture (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR), Culture (GFR)

AMST 356 (3.00)

Special Topics in U.S. Social Structures

An interdisciplinary study of selected issues in U.S. Social Structures, focusing on particular institutional structures and practices that shape and are shaped by the experiences of individuals and social groups in American society. Topic to be announced each semester offered. Recommend Course Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 052157
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Native American Cultures, U.S. & Cuba-Bridging, Gender & The Environment, Gender & Sport In Amer, Blk Masculin In Amer Lit, U.S. & Latin Amer. Music

AMST 357 (3.00)

Special Topics in Global America

An interdisciplinary study of selected issues in communications and media and the arts in American culture. Topic to be announced each semester offered. Recommended Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 052158
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Mind Of Ally McBeal, Queer Represnt In Film, Cult Through Amer Music, Queer Represent Film/Tv, 50 Yrs Of Sitcom Family, Baltimore In Film, Serial Crime In America, Fascination With Voyeur, 20Th Cent Jew Amer Exper, Computer Games:History, Time Goes By: Amer Cult, Sports And Media, Media And Amer Violence, Gender And The Sit-Com, American Reality Tv, Theories:Media & Culture, Fifty Years Of Sitcom, Gender And American Tv, The Road Movie, Killer Fictions, Theories Of Media/Cultur, Terrorism and Popular Culture, Global Museum Studies, American Roots Music and Identity

AMST 358 (3.00)

Special Topics in American Signs

An interdisciplinary study of selected issues in American Signs, focusing on analysis of oral, written, visual, and material representations of American life and culture and the historical and social contexts in which they are produced and consumed. Recommended Course Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 052159
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Teacher In Amer. Culture, American Horror Film, 50 Years of Sitcom Families, Documenting Cultural Heritage, Sixty Years of Sitcom Families

AMST 359 (3.00)

Issues in American Studies

An interdisciplinary study of selected issues in American culture and society. Topic to be selected each semester offered. Intended for students at the junior/senior level. Recommended Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 052160
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Issues: Ethnography, American Food, Amer Folk/Pop Song, Contemp Native Amer Life, Asian-American Experienc, Issues: Film Noir, Law And American Culture, 20Th Cent Jew Amer Exp, Crime/Punishment In U.S., Issues:Global Perspctive, American Humor, Hollywood Film Remakes, American Film In 1970S, Soc Wlds Of Schlchildren, Blk Women & Cultural Exp, American Environments, Gays/Lesbians In Media, Amer Viewed From Abroad, West Film/American Ideal, Soc Const/Serial Crime, Iss:Festivals/Folktales, Issues: Subcultures, Soc Wlds Schlchldrn Amer, American Documentary, Issues: Future Perspect, Amer Culture 1945-Presnt, Doc Construction Reality, Media & Culture/Margins, Hollywood Remakes, Top:Am Detective & Film, Sci-Fi/Horror Flms/Amer, Visual Images/Atomic Age, Gender/Media/Consum Cult, Gay/Lesbian Literature, Asian American Exper, Disney's World, American Relig/Culture, Top: Sci-Fi In Amer Cult, Lesbian Exp In Amer Cult, Gender, Arts & Culture, Art And Politics, Soc Const Of Serial Crim, Issues In American Stud, Iss: Health In America, Horror/Evil In Amer Cult

AMST 372 (3.00)

American Food

This course examines the American food chain, from field to factory to family dinner table. Our approach will be interdisciplinary and because we are part of an international food network, cross-cultural. Topics include the history and global ecology of agriculture and food production; the worldwide significance of the Colombian exchange; the technological, nutritional and economic aspects of food processing and marketing; the globalization of American fast food abroad; the history and ethnography of food habits, both mainstream and subcultural; the effects of immigration on American cuisine; health, safety and aesthetic trends in food consumption. Recommended Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture .
   Course ID: 052164
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AMST 374 (3.00)

Things to Come: Perspectives on the Future

An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of future studies, this course will examine how the future has been represented in various media and forums: e.g. speculative fiction and film, world's fairs, utopian communities, government planning, policy analysis, etc. After analyzing what others have predicted, students will construct their own scenarios for the future. Recommended Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 052165
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AMST 375 (3.00)

Studies in Asian American Culture

This course surveys salient topics and debates in Asian American cultural studies. The course begins with historical information on patterns of immigration for various Asian immigrant groups, but our main focus will be to explore the cultural contributions of Asians in the U.S. through literature and film. We will explore the role of cultural expression and artistic representation in Asian American attempts to establish a sense of belonging and cultural presence in the U.S. Recommended Course Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 100359
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AMST 376 (3.00)

The American Dream

This course focuses on the American Dream and the closely related concept of American exceptionalism. Americans have long felt a unique destiny to set an example as a 'city on a hill' a beacon of freedom, and an 'engine of democracy.' The course examines the origins, shifting definitions, and many versions of the American Dream; identifies the major cultural arenas for the display and discussion of American exceptionalism; and explores the surrounding conflicts and controversies.One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 100551
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP)

AMST 380 (3.00)

Community in America

A consideration of the concept of community in America,examining dimensions of place, social structure and cultural identity. Changing forms of community - rural, small town, urban- provide the framework for the course, with primary emphasis upon the role of community in American life. The course draws upon examples from the Baltimore metropolitan area and employs community studies from a range of fields. Recommended Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 052166
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AMST 382 (3.00)

Perspectives on the Family

An investigation of family life in America in various historical periods and among different subgroups. Three themes or questions dominate the course: the relationship of the family to the social context within which it exists; the nature and cause of different forms of family life within various American subcultures, past and present; and the extent to which the family has changed and not changed during several centuries. Specific families examined include the colonial New England family, the 19th-century urban middle class, the ethnic family, the black family and the contemporary family. Within each of these types of family experience, specific topics to be investigated include the role of women, relationships between women and men, attitudes toward children, modes of child-rearing, housing styles and others. As part of the course, students examine their own family history. Recommended Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture or permission of the instructor
   Course ID: 050035
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: GWST 382
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AMST 384 (3.00)

Perspectives on Childhood and Adolescence

Attitudes toward children and childhood as a stage of life are historically contingent phenomena: They are shaped by the social context within which they exist. This course examines attitudes toward children and children as a social group within various historical settings and among different subcultures in America. We will attempt to understand why these variations occur and how they make sense within our own particular setting. As part of this course, students are encouraged to think critically about their own experieince of and attitudes toward childhood. Recommended Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 050034
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: HIST 308
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

AMST 385 (3.00)

Teachers in American Culture

This course examines the social and cultural definitions of teachers in American culture over time. The most enduring images and constructs of teaching, and the social and cultural forces that shape and modify those constructs over time, are identified and explored. Popular representations of teachers and teaching in books, film, and television are examined to understand how Americans have negotiated cultural understandings about teaching school, and society over the past two centuries.One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 100552
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AMST 388 (3.00)

American Environments: Landscape and Culture

This course will examine the interaction between physical environment and culture in the American experience. Topics will include encounters with diverse American landscapes,exploration of the wilderness and settlement of the changing frontier, the role and evolution of urban and wilderness parks, the changing nature of tourism, and selected case studies involving culture and the environment. Recommended Preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture
   Course ID: 050036
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: American Environments, American Environments: Landscape, Landscape & Culture, Landscape and Culture, Landscape & Culture
   Attributes: Arts and Humanities (GEP), Arts and Humanities (GFR)

AMST 391 (3.00)

Studies in American Culture

What is culture; who makes it, and how does it affect our lives? Combining a theoretical overview of the culture concept and in-depth case studies, the course looks at both dominant cultures and subcultures. Students develop analytical skills using various methodological approaches. It is recommended that students take this course before taking AMST 490: Senior Seminar (Fall). Recommended Preparation: .One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.
   Course ID: 052167
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AMST 404 (1.00 - 3.00)

Internship

For students interested in an introductory internship experience or who are able only to devote limited time for the internship. Students are expected to commit 40 hours a semester per credit. For example, for three credits, the expectation would be 120 hours of field work. The internship allows students to apply academic concepts and ideas to a work environment outside the classroom. Recommended Preparation: Six credits of American Studies courses, and permission of the instructor
   Course ID: 052170
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Field Studies

AMST 410 (3.00)

Seminar in U.S. Social Structures

Advanced study of a specific problem in U.S. Social Structures, focusing on particular institutional structures and practices that shape and are shaped by the experiences of individuals and social groups in American society. A different topic will be announced each semester the course is offered. The seminar is designed to develop research and analytical skills specific to this area, and students will have the opportunity to do original research.
   Course ID: 052173
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Jew Identity & US Hist, Black Hair/Body Politics, The Many Meanings of Meat, Race, Profit, Masculinities & Birth of U.S. Empir
   Requirement Group: You must complete AMST 300 with a C or better before taking this class.

AMST 420 (3.00)

Seminar in Global America

Advanced study of a specific problem in American Signs, focusing on interdisciplinary analysis of oral, written, visual, and material representations of American life and culture and the historical and social contexts in which they are produced and consumed. A different topic will be announced each semester the course is offered. The seminar is designed to develop research and analytical skills specific to this area, and students will have the opportunity to do original research.
   Course ID: 052176
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Public Hist, Public Cult, Sem In Cultural Policy, Cult Pltcs Of Pop Cntrl, Media Literacy & Racial Representations, Food Voice, Global Museum Studies, Power, Place, and Identity
   Requirement Group: You must complete AMST 300 with a C or better before taking this class.

AMST 422 (3.00)

Preserving Places, Making Spaces in Baltimore

This is an applied research course where students develop an innovative preservation project on overlooked local history in Baltimore by using the skills of social entrepreneurship. The professional and scholarly aspects of the field of historic preservation and the study of place will be applied to a community project in the greater Baltimore region. This course will educate students about preserving local cultural traditions and community engagement.
   Course ID: 100360
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete AMST 300 with a C or better before taking this class.

AMST 424 (3.00)

Theories of Place and Space

This class explores theories and methods for describing, understanding, and studying place and space in recent scholarship. The class has an interdisciplinary focus and locates theories of place and space within specific historical contexts. Students will be able to recognize and use the theories and methods they learn in the course in an applied final project, an original piece of research and analysis on a topic of their choosing.
   Course ID: 100361
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete AMST 300 with a C or better before taking this class.

AMST 430 (3.00)

Seminar in American Signs

Advanced study of a specific problem in American Signs, focusing on interdisciplinary analysis of oral, written, visual, and material representations of American life and culture and the historical and social contexts in which they are produced and consumed. A different topic will be announced each semester the course is offered. The seminar is designed to develop research and analytical skills specific to this area, and students will have the opportunity to do original research.
   Course ID: 052175
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Seminar: Advertising, Media & Pol Amer Culture, Sem:Gender And The Media, Seminar:Children & Tv, Power, Place, and Identity
   Requirement Group: You must complete AMST 300 with a C or better before taking this class.

AMST 459 (3.00)

Themes in American Studies

Intensive study of a specialized topic or problem in American culture, employing interdisciplinary methodologies. Topic to be announced each semester offered. Recommended at the junior/senior level. Recommended Preparation: You must complete AMST 300 with a C or better before taking this class.
   Course ID: 052183
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: The South American Cultl, Gender & Self/Amer Socty, Public Hist/Public Cult, Thmes:Folklife/Mtrl Cltr, Themes: Gender/Folk Trad, Pub History/Pub Culture, Globalized Communication, Thms: Sci/Tech/Mass Cltr, Themes: U.S. & Nicaragua, Themes: Children & Tv, Gender And Knowledge, Themes: Things, Cont Amer Political Cultures

AMST 460 (3.00)

Seminar in Black Hair and Body Politics

This course will focus on constructions of Black hair and the Black body in media of the 20th and 21st century. The seminar combines primary readings, personal anecdotes, and applied research about the body, its extremities (such as hair), its performance of sexualities and identities in the context of the production of culture and social relations. Examining this body of literature from a range of theoretical and applied perspectives enables analysis and discussion of the processes used in the creation of cultural meaning-making. Additionally, a critique of the readings will also afford the opportunity to explore alternatives to the perpetuated materialist or constructivist binary existing in approaches to the body. Measures of prescription give way to problematizing and questioning the readings in order to explore dynamic resolutions at the individual level. One lower-level AFST or AMST or other social sciences of humanities course focused on American society or culture will provide students a knowledge base useful for this course.
   Course ID: 100297
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete an AFST or AMST course with a grade of "C" or higher.

AMST 460 (3.00)

Seminar in Black Hair and Body Politics

This course will focus on constructions of Black hair and the Black body in media of the 20th and 21st century. The seminar combines primary readings, personal anecdotes, and applied research about the body, its extremities (such as hair), its performance of sexualities and identities in the context of the production of culture and social relations. Examining this body of literature from a range of theoretical and applied perspectives enables analysis and discussion of the processes used in the creation of cultural meaning-making. Additionally, a critique of the readings will also afford the opportunity to explore alternatives to the perpetuated materialist or constructivist binary existing in approaches to the body. Measures of prescription give way to problematizing and questioning the readings in order to explore dynamic resolutions at the individual level. AFST or AMST or other social sciences of humanities course focused on American society or culture will provide students a knowledge base useful for this course.
   Course ID: 100298
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: AFST 460

AMST 464 (3.00)

Immigration Nation: Examining Narratives of Immigration to the U.S.

This course is a study of immigrant narratives from recent decades primarily through film and literature. New groups arriving to the U.S. long have employed narrative forms to establish recognition in America. In this course we analyze how cultural representations help immigrant groups define an ethnic American identity. In contrast to historical or political tracts, we will investigate what these longer narrative forms offer immigrant groups in their efforts to establish an American cultural identity.
   Course ID: 100362
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete AMST 300 with a C or better before taking this class.

AMST 466 (3.00)

Media Literacy and Racial Representation

This course is divided into two components: First, we will explore the foundations of media literacy, while also investigating the areas rarely explored in media studies and mass communication research about Africana peoples. The course will survey these historical images in various media forms. Students will analyze the impact these images, perceptions, and stereotypes have on society and on Africana people's self-concept, in particular youth/teenagers. In addition, the course will examine the ways in which the images have developed when rendered by Africana filmmakers. Finally, students will expand knowledge in this area of study by producing a workbook of critical race media literacy assignments and exercises. These exercises will then be utilized during our classroom visits to a middle school in the Baltimore City Public School system.
   Course ID: 100363
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete AMST 300 with a C or better before taking this class.

AMST 474 (3.00)

Theorizing Identity in Contemporary American Culture

In this course we examine how identity politics and issues of representation determine the reception of minority artists in America. We will conduct this inquiry through a comparative, transnational examination of African American and Asian American literary and artistic production. Identity politics have long influenced the reception and production of the minority artist in U.S. Through a comparative approach, we uncover theoretical connections between constructions of race and ethnicity in the U.S. and the world.
   Course ID: 100364
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete AMST 300 with a C or better before taking this class.

AMST 476 (3.00)

Theories of Culture and Media

This reading-intensive course is a thorough introduction to the study of the relationship between visual media and society. From photography and print advertising to contemporary film and television, visual media have become central to our everyday lives. By examining these media from a range of theoretical perspectives, we will analyze and discuss the processes of cultural meaning-making.
   Course ID: 100186
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete AMST 300 with a C or better before taking this class.

AMST 480 (3.00)

Community in America

Intended for students undertaking advanced research, the seminar focuses on a particular issue in the study of American community. Special topics (listed for each semester offered) address questions of broad relevance to communities nationally or focus on studies of specific communities, many drawn from the Baltimore metropolitan area. In some semesters, the goal may be for public presentation of research findings. Recommended Preparation: Six credits in American Studies courses, 3 at the upper-level, or permission of the instructor. Note: AMST 380, HIST 301, HIST429, GES 341, GES 342 or comparable courses in related fields strongly recommended.
   Course ID: 052187
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AMST 490 (3.00)

Senior Seminar

The senior seminar provides an opportunity to integrate the subject matter and interdisciplinary methodologies of the major program by focusing on a significant problem in the study of American culture. Emphasis is upon the involvement of students in both the process and content of cultural analysis and interpretation. Recommended Preparation: AMST 290 and 391 or 392, or permission of instructor.
   Course ID: 052188
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Writing Intensive

AMST 495 (3.00)

Honors Seminar in American Studies

Students read, discuss and write about a variety of classic works in American studies. After an intensive grounding in many theoretical approaches to the study of American culture and society, students design a proposal for further research in an area of their own choosing. (For further information on the honors program in American studies, inquire at the departmental office.) Recommended Preparation: Admissions to the American Studies Departmental Honors program and permission of the instructor
   Course ID: 052189
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AMST 496 (3.00)

Honors Research in American Studies

Research and writing of an honors project in American studies. AMST 496 is to be taken after AMST 495 during the senior year. Recommended Preparation: AMST 495
   Course ID: 052190
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

AMST 497 (1.00 - 3.00)

Independent Projects in American Studies

Special projects are designed and the number of credits determined by individual students in consultation with an advisor. Recommended at the junior/senior level. Recommended Preparation: Six credits of American Studies courses, and permission of the instructor
   Course ID: 052169
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Independent Study

AMST 499 (4.00)

Internship With Seminar

Internship with concurrent seminar that analyzes and evaluates internship experiences from various theoretical perspectives. Recommended Preparation: Six credits of American Studies courses.
   Course ID: 052172
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture