American Studies (AMST)Arts and Sciences

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AMST 1144

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17448AMST 1144  SEM 101

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AMST 1500

At the inception of this department at Cornell University in 1969, the ASRC became the birthplace of Africana studies and is now an institution increasingly defining the "new Africana studies." Africana ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 1500GOVT 1503

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16809AMST 1500  LEC 001

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    • Richardson, R

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AMST 1581

This course propels students into the chaos, destruction, and often brutal violence experienced by inhabitants of North America prior to the 20th century. Students will analyze armed conflict ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 1581

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15702AMST 1581  LEC 001

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  • 15703AMST 1581  DIS 201

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  • 15704AMST 1581  DIS 202

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  • 15705AMST 1581  DIS 203

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  • 15706AMST 1581  DIS 204

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AMST 1600

This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the diverse cultures, histories and contemporary situations of the Indigenous peoples of North America. Students will also be introduced to important ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: AIS 1100

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7649AMST 1600  LEC 001

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  •  7650AMST 1600  DIS 201

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  •  7651AMST 1600  DIS 202

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  •  8327AMST 1600  DIS 203

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AMST 2003

Creating Contemporary Cornell will examine the history of Cornell from 1945-Present. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the course will address the bureaucratization, politicization, and globalization ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 2002HIST 2501

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16720AMST 2003  LEC 001

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AMST 2006

Punk Culture-comprised of music, fashion, literature, and visual arts-represents a complex critical stance of resistance and refusal that coalesced at a particular historical moment in the mid-1970s, and ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: COML 2006ENGL 2006MUSIC 2006

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16938AMST 2006  LEC 001

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  • 17030AMST 2006  DIS 201

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  • 17031AMST 2006  DIS 202

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AMST 2030

This course begins with a look at the philosophies of the first Americans, Native Americans, using the example of the Navajo creation narratives, and then proceeds to read European, African American, and ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 2030

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15905AMST 2030  SEM 101

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AMST 2220

This seminar will explore some of the major political and cultural trends in the United States,  from the era of the Democratic New Dealer, Franklin D. Roosevelt, through the era of the conservative Republican, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 2220

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16958AMST 2220  SEM 101

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AMST 2331

Surveys the major themes in the development of agriculture and agribusiness in the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. These include particular individuals (e.g., Liberty Hyde Bailey, Luther ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: STS 2331

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8453AMST 2331  LEC 001

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AMST 2640

An introductory history of Chinese, Japanese, Asian Indians, Filipinos, and Koreans in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1990s. Major themes include racism and resistance, labor ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: AAS 2130HIST 2640

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9639AMST 2640  LEC 001

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AMST 2650

This course will introduce students to the African American literary tradition. Through aesthetic and contextual approaches, we will consider how African American life and culture has defined and constituted ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 2650ENGL 2650

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8916AMST 2650  SEM 101

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AMST 2675

This class aims to approach the literature and culture of the Cold War as the birth of the present "Age of Information," as well as the origin of modern notions of privacy that are now being superseded. ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 2675

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16877AMST 2675  LEC 001

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AMST 2710

This course is a blending of the Sociology of Education and Public Policy. Front and center in this course is the question of why consistent differential educational and economic outcomes exists in American ... view course details

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  •  6750AMST 2710  LEC 001

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  •  6751AMST 2710  DIS 201

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  •  6752AMST 2710  DIS 202

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  •  6753AMST 2710  DIS 203

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  •  6754AMST 2710  DIS 204

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  •  6755AMST 2710  DIS 205

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AMST 3010

Who are 'the poor' in the United States? Who are the largest recipients of federal welfare and entitlement spending? Why is there an unprecedented simultaneous increase in wealth and poverty in the United ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ARTH 3010VISST 3010

  • 4 Credits Grade(GRV)

  • 16613AMST 3010  SEM 101

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AMST 3020

Hip Hop Brooklyn. Hipster Brooklyn. Immigrant Brooklyn. Brownstone Brooklyn. While today Brooklyn is New York City's hippest borough and the site of swift gentrification, booming real estate, ... view course details

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  • 16785AMST 3020  SEM 101

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AMST 3140

Students examine the emergence of the United States as a world power in the twentieth century. The course focuses on the domestic sources of foreign policy and the assumptions of the major policy makers ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: CAPS 3140HIST 3140

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17405AMST 3140  LEC 001

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  • 17406AMST 3140  DIS 201

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  • 17407AMST 3140  DIS 202

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  • 17682AMST 3140  DIS 203

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AMST 3230

Surveys problems in American economic history from the first settlements to early industrialization. NOTE: Formerly ECON 3230. view course details

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  •   Combined with: ECON 3310

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16414AMST 3230  LEC 001

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AMST 3281

This course investigates the United States Supreme Court and its role in politics and government. It traces the development of constitutional doctrine, the growth of the Court's institutional power, and ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 3281LAW 3281

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17190AMST 3281  LEC 001

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AMST 3330

Based on indigenous and local "ways of knowing," this course (1) presents a theoretical and humanistic framework from which to understand generation of ecological knowledge; (2) examines processes by which ... view course details

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  •  8418AMST 3330  LEC 001

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  • Enrollment limited to: Juniors, seniors, and grad students. Sophomores require permission of instructor (ksk28@cornell.edu).

AMST 3380

This is a seminar course on urban inequality in the United States.  The first half of the semester will be dedicated to understanding the political, historical, and social determinants of inequality in ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: SOC 3380

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17788AMST 3380  SEM 101

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AMST 3450

An examination of the development of cultural and intellectual diversity in the United States. Topics covered include: slavery and abolition; landscape and environment; religion; Darwinism; professionalization; ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 3450

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15733AMST 3450  LEC 001

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  • 15734AMST 3450  DIS 201

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  • 15735AMST 3450  DIS 202

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AMST 3470

This course examines the experiences and representations of Asian American women from the mid-19th century to the present. It explores the lives and contexts of immigrant women and of women born in the ... view course details

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  • 17799AMST 3470  LEC 001

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AMST 3515

Blaxploitation films of the 1970s are remembered for their gigantic Afros, enormous guns, slammin' soundtracks, sex, drugs, nudity, and violence. Never before or since have so many African American performers ... view course details

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  • 16348AMST 3515  LEC 001

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AMST 3560

Using written and visual biographies as a starting point, this class follows African and African American women in the fashion industry to explore perceptions of beauty, race, gender and class. Contemporary ... view course details

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  • 16822AMST 3560  SEM 101

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AMST 3605

Considers the contextual features of American art from the 1930s through the late 1980s. Examines art in relation to contemporary politics, society and literature. A few of the developments on which the ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ARTH 3605

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8428AMST 3605  LEC 001

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AMST 3665

A survey of American political thought from the Eighteenth Century to the present. Particular attention will be devoted to the persistence of liberal individualism in the American tradition. Politicians, ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 3665HIST 3160

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8176AMST 3665  LEC 001

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  • FA14 will be the last time that this course is taught by Prof. Kramnick, as he will be retiring in June 2015.

  • 16135AMST 3665  DIS 201

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  • 16136AMST 3665  DIS 202

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  • 16137AMST 3665  DIS 203

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  • 16138AMST 3665  DIS 204

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  • 16139AMST 3665  DIS 205

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  • 16140AMST 3665  DIS 206

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AMST 3672

Visualizing El Barrio immerses students in a semester-long contemplation and class project that integrates artistic praxis with art history and literary studies to document the historical murals of East ... view course details

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  • 16921AMST 3672  LEC 001

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AMST 3703

The common perception of ethnicity is that it is a "natural" and an inevitable consequence of cultural difference. "Asians" overseas, in particular, have won repute as a people who cling tenaciously to ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: AAS 3030ANTHR 3703

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17786AMST 3703  LEC 001

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AMST 3777

The anthropological inquiry into one's own culture is never a neutral exercise. This course will explore issues in the cultural construction of the United States as a "pluralistic" society. We will look ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ANTHR 3777LSP 3777

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16099AMST 3777  LEC 001

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AMST 3830

How would our understanding of U.S. History change if we began the national narrative in 16th century New Mexico rather than 17th century Virginia? What does U.S. history look like when examined as hemispheric ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 3800LSP 3800

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15754AMST 3830  LEC 001

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AMST 3845

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  •   Combined with: HIST 3845ILRLR 3845

  • 4 Credits Grade(GRV)

  • 16313AMST 3845  SEM 101

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AMST 3980

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8244AMST 3980  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Kirshner, J

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AMST 3990

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6495AMST 3990  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

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AMST 4021

American conservative thought rests on assumptions that are strikingly different from those made by mainstream American liberals.  However, conservative thinkers are themselves committed to principles ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 4021

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16808AMST 4021  SEM 101

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AMST 4039

This course focuses on the American South in the nineteenth century as it made the transition from Reconstruction to new forms of social organization and patterns of race relations. Reconstruction will ... view course details

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  • 15775AMST 4039  SEM 101

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AMST 4218

This course will offer students an opportunity to view the process of shaping national debates from the perspective of the United States Senate. The modern Senate will serve as the point of reference for ... view course details

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  • 17326AMST 4218  SEM 180

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  • Taught in Washington, D.C.

AMST 4301

The Rabinor Seminar explores the role of diversity in the formation of a distinct American tapestry. The specific topic varies each year, but the general subject is the promise and experience ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 4620LSP 4620

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • Topic: Chicano/a & US Latino/a Art Stories

  •  8257AMST 4301  SEM 101

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AMST 4404

Using film, primary documents, literature, art, and secondary sources, this course explores the ten-year period between the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968 and 1978, when The Supreme Court ... view course details

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  • 16874AMST 4404  SEM 101

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AMST 4600

An American whose life and writing ranged over the globe, Herman Melville (in the estimation of C.L.R. James) "saw the tendency of things." Our study of the fiction and poetry will turn on some of those ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 4600

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9458AMST 4600  SEM 101

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AMST 4655

Topic: Equality Efforts to reduce inequality are central to the pursuit of justice. We will investigate leading philosophical controversies about the moral basis of these efforts. To what extent, in what ... view course details

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  •  8651AMST 4655  LEC 001

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AMST 4701

This seminar examines some of the political and cultural visions of Africa and Africans held by African-American intellectuals and activists in the 19th and 20th centuries. Emphasis is placed ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 4701HIST 4701

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16976AMST 4701  SEM 101

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AMST 4745

The War. The Bomb. Planetary Consciousness. Film Noir. In one of the most pivotal decades in history, the United States emerged as a superpower and its literature achieved a prestige unmatched before or ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 4745

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 15957AMST 4745  SEM 101

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AMST 4770

This course examines early American travel literature by and about Native Americans in a comparative perspective. Beginning with Columbus's Diario, we will move sweepingly through to the 1830s, viewing ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 4770

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18024AMST 4770  SEM 101

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AMST 4805

In A Theory of Parody, Linda Hutcheon defines parody broadly as "repetition with critical difference, which marks difference rather than similarity." Taking a cue from Hutcheon, we will consider parody ... view course details

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  • 17187AMST 4805  SEM 101

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AMST 4851

Since World War II, over 4 million people have migrated to the United States as refugees. In this seminar we will examine some of these refugee migrations and the ways these migrations challenged ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 4851LSP 4851

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15769AMST 4851  SEM 101

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AMST 4993

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  5790AMST 4993  IND 601

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    • Staff

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AMST 5710

Examines the goals, roles, inputs, and outcomes of schooling in American society, and the policy environment in which schools operate. Analyzes controversies and tensions (e.g., equity, market forces, ... view course details

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  •  6756AMST 5710  LEC 001

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  •  6757AMST 5710  DIS 201

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  •  6758AMST 5710  DIS 202

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  •  6759AMST 5710  DIS 203

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  •  6760AMST 5710  DIS 204

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  •  6761AMST 5710  DIS 205

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AMST 6015

This graduate seminar explores the making of photographic archives, the narratives they tell, and the parameters that define them as objects of study. As visual collections, photographic archives present ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ARTH 6015

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16629AMST 6015  SEM 101

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AMST 6201

The United States Congress will be examined: first, as a "closed system" in which institutional arrangements decisively apportion political power; and, second, as the product of electoral and social forces ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 6201

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16101AMST 6201  SEM 101

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AMST 6332

This course will survey emerging digital humanities techniques, scholarship, and theory. We will cover the history of humanities computing, text-mining, "big data" questions, geographic information systems, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 6332

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16959AMST 6332  SEM 101

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AMST 6404

Using film, primary documents, literature, art, and secondary sources, this course explores the ten-year period between the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968 and 1978, when The Supreme Court ... view course details

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  • 16909AMST 6404  SEM 101

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AMST 6606

This seminar will explore the intersection of political theory and American pragmatism. While questions of political theory have often been seen as external to the concerns of pragmatism as a philosophy, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 6606

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16811AMST 6606  SEM 101

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AMST 6612

The American Revolution was a war fought by European settlers against England that ended the colonial domination of these settlers in the founding of the United States. But the settlers were themselves ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 6612

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16454AMST 6612  SEM 101

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AMST 6656

Topic: Equality Efforts to reduce inequality are central to the pursuit of justice. We will investigate leading philosophical controversies about the moral basis of these efforts. To what extent, in what ... view course details

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  •  8654AMST 6656  LEC 001

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AMST 7320

This seminar focuses on the political economy of sound and listening in the configuration of urban space in Latin America and among Latino communities in the U.S. The city will be approached ... view course details

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  • 16957AMST 7320  SEM 101

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