American Studies (AMST)Arts and Sciences

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Course descriptions provided by the Courses of Study 2016-2017. Courses of Study 2017-2018 is scheduled to publish mid-June.

AMST 1101

This course is an introduction to interdisciplinary considerations of American culture. Specific topics may change from year to year and may include questions of national consensus versus native, immigrant ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 1104

This course will examine race and ethnic relations between Whites, Blacks, Latinos, and Asians in the United States. The goal of this course is for students to understand how the history of race and ethnicity ... view course details

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    Choose one seminar and one discussion. Combined with: LSP 1105SOC 1104

  • 3 Credits Opt NoAud

AMST 1115

A policy-centered approach to the study of government in the American experience.  Considers the American Founding and how it influenced the structure of government;  how national institutions operate ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 1111

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 1500

This course offers an introduction to the study of Africa, the U.S., the Caribbean and other diasporas.  This course will examine, through a range of disciplines, among them literature, history, politics, ... view course details

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    Combined with: ASRC 1500GOVT 1503

  • 4 Credits Graded

AMST 1540

This course studies the history of American capitalism. It helps you to answer these questions: What is capitalism? Is the U.S. more capitalist than other countries? How has capitalism shaped the history ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 1540ILRLR 1845

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8904AMST 1540  LEC 001

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    • Maggor, N

  • A University Course.

AMST 1575

From the inception of the film industry, depictions of historical events have captured the attention of screen writers, directors and not the least audiences; often making deep impressions on a particular ... view course details

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    Combined with: HIST 1575

  • 4 Credits Graded

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: AIIS 1100ANTHR 1700

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 2020

This course treats the period from 1950 to 2000 as we examine best-sellers, films, sports and television, radio, ads, newspapers, magazines, and music. We try to better understand the ways in which popular ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 2090

The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692. Even though many books have been written about this endlessly fascinating episode in American history, numerous aspects of it remain unexplored. After reading some ... view course details

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    Combined with: FGSS 2090HIST 2090

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 2106

This course is an introduction to Latina/o Studies, a discipline that investigates the historical, socio-political and economic conditions and experiences of Latina/os in the United States, including but ... view course details

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    Combined with: LSP 2100

  • 4 Credits Graded

AMST 2225

In recent years, poverty and inequality have become increasingly common topics of public debate, as academics, journalists, and politicians attempt to come to terms with growing income inequality, with ... view course details

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AMST 2350

This introductory course surveys archaeology's contributions to the study of American Indian cultural diversity and change in North America north of Mexico. Lectures and readings will examine topics ranging ... view course details

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AMST 2600

The production of North American Indigenous literatures began long before European colonization, and persists in a variety of printed, sung, carved, painted, written, spoken, and digital media. From oral ... view course details

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    Combined with: AIIS 2600ENGL 2600

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 2620

This course will introduce both a variety of writings by Asian North American authors and some critical issues concerning the production and reception of Asian American texts. Working primarily with novels, ... view course details

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    Combined with: AAS 2620ENGL 2620

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 2664

Many Americans envision the colonial period as a relatively quaint and benign time dominated by Pocahontas, the Pilgrims, and provinciality.  Pairing the term "colonial" with "America" also tends to render ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 2664

  • 4 Credits Graded

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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AMST 2726

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; ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 2726

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 2735

An historical study of children's literature from the 17th century to the present, principally in Europe and America, which will explore changing literary forms in relation to the social history of childhood. ... view course details

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    Combined with: ENGL 2730

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 2770

This team-taught course uses literature and popular culture, alongside literary, social, and cultural theory to consider how people from different cultures encounter and experience each other. The course ... view course details

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    Combined with: ASRC 2770ENGL 2770LSP 2770

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 2817

Donald Trump and Barack Obama give us two visions of America and of the world: xenophobic nationalism and pragmatic cosmopolitanism.  America and the world are thus constituted by great diversity. The ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 2817

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 2980

Explores the history of information technology from the 1830s to the present by considering the technical and social history of telecommunications (telegraph and the telephone), radio, television, computers, ... view course details

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AMST 3032

This course will examine the "age of democratic revolutions" in the Americas from the perspective of the Black Atlantic. During this momentous era, when European monarchies were successfully challenged ... view course details

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    Combined with: ASRC 3031HIST 3031LATA 3031

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 3035

This class takes early literature produced in the geographical location that would become the United States, roughly from 1620 to 1865, as a way to ask about gender, race, and nationalism in the emerging ... view course details

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    Combined with: ENGL 3030

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 3082

This course focuses on political campaigns, a central feature of American democracy. We will examine how they work and the conditions under which they affect citizens' decisions. The course looks at campaign ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 3082

  • 4 Credits Graded

AMST 3141

The United States stands alone among Western, industrialized countries with its persistent, high rates of incarceration, long sentences, and continued use of the death penalty. This "American exceptionalism" ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 3141

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 3142

This class is intended to provoke some hard thinking about the relationship of committed "outsiders" and advocates of change to the experience of crime, punishment, and incarceration and to the men we ... view course details

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    Combined with: GOVT 3142

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 10148AMST 3142  SEM 101

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    • Sawyer, P

  • Prerequisite: participation as a Teaching Assistant in the CPEP program in Auburn or Cayuga or work in a juvenile or other correctional facility.

AMST 3200

This course uses artifacts, spaces, and texts to examine the emergence of the "modern world" in the 500-plus years since Columbus.  This is a distinctive sub-field of archaeology, not least because modern ... view course details

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AMST 3230

Surveys problems in American economic history from the first settlements to early industrialization. view course details

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    Combined with: ECON 3310

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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

AMST 3331

In this course, we shall look at Russia's perception of America as reflected in the works of its writers for over a hundred-year period. What motivated these writers? Did they go to the United States with ... view course details

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    Combined with: COML 3330RUSSL 3330

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 3355

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AMST 3461

This course explores the rich and diverse history of African American filmmaking.  Focusing on films written and/or directed by African Americans, this seminar traces the history of filmmaking from the ... view course details

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AMST 3463

This course considers issues, approaches, and complexities in the contemporary television landscape. As television has changed drastically over the past fifteen years, this course provides students with ... view course details

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    Combined with: PMA 3463

  • 4 Credits Graded

AMST 3475

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AMST 3533

This course will consider the history, theory and craft of feature film screenwriting. We will examine the vital elements of effective motion picture narrative (protagonist, pathos, objective, action), ... view course details

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    Combined with: PMA 3533

  • 3 Credits Graded

AMST 3562

Native and Western philosophies serve similar functions: they organize societies and construct those taken-for-granted truths we all operate from, but rarely examine. Even as such "truths" create ideas ... view course details

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    Combined with: AIIS 3560ENGL 3560

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 3680

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AMST 3747

Religious beliefs, practices, and conflicts shape our world and influence global politics.  Yet mediatized depictions of religion can be reductive and polarizing.  Moreover, these depictions may be different ... view course details

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AMST 3754

In this course, we will critically examine the production and performance of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender through literature and contemporary performance genres such as spoken word, slam poetry, ... view course details

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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

AMST 3785

This course will expose students to the theory and practice of civil disobedience in historical and contemporary perspectives. Do citizens have obligations to obey unjust laws? What makes disobedience ... view course details

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    Combined with: GOVT 3785PHIL 2945

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 3812

Anchoring the east and west coasts, New York and Los Angeles have been celebrated and excoriated in films. On the edge literally and metaphorically, these cities seem to be about competing visions of urban ... view course details

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AMST 3854

This course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of regional development and globalization. Topics vary each semester. view course details

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    Combined with: CRP 3854GOVT 3494

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Growth and Development

  •  8140AMST 3854  LEC 080

  • Taught in Washington, DC.

AMST 3870

Whether buying at a general store, shopping at a department store, or loitering at a mall, consumption has always formed an important part of the American experience. More than just commodities bought ... view course details

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    Combined with: HIST 3870ILRLR 3870

  • 4 Credits GradeNoAud

AMST 3980

Affords opportunities for students to carry out independent research under appropriate supervision. Each student is expected to review pertinent literature, prepare a project outline, conduct the research, ... view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6438AMST 3980  IND 601

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    • Rooks, N

AMST 3990

Individualized readings for junior and senior students. Topics, requirements, and credit hours will be determined in consultation between the student and the supervising faculty member. view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6439AMST 3990  IND 601

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    • Staff

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 Graded

AMST 4102

This course examines the importance of government and political processes for improving urban environments, human health, and resilience in the face of climate change. view course details

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    Combined with: AMST 6104GOVT 4102GOVT 6102

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 4212

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AMST 4331

  The Velvet Underground remains one of the most acclaimed and influential rock groups to emerge within the culturally turbulent era of the late 1960s. From their association with Andy Warhol beginning ... view course details

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  • 16175AMST 4331  SEM 101

  • Please contact Professor Judith Peraino (jap28@cornell.edu) for permission to enroll.

AMST 4393

In 1850 American politicians banded together cross-regionally, passed a Fugitive Slave Law and breathed a sigh of relief, thinking they had once again dodged the slavery issue that threatened disunion. ... view course details

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    Combined with: ASRC 4393HIST 4393HIST 6393

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 4627

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    Combined with: AIIS 4625ENGL 4625

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 4740

The colonial expansion of Christian Europe continues to leave its mark on the world of the twenty-first century. Two of the peoples caught up in that colonial project, in very different ways, are Jews ... view course details

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AMST 4993

To graduate with honors, AMST majors must complete a senior thesis under the supervision of an AMST faculty member and defend that thesis orally before a committee. Students interested in the honors program ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  5807AMST 4993  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Parmenter, J

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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AMST 6104

This course examines the importance of government and political processes for improving urban environments, human health, and resilience in the face of climate change. view course details

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    Combined with: AMST 4102GOVT 4102GOVT 6102

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

AMST 6210

This course uses artifacts, spaces, and texts to examine the emergence of the "modern world" in the 500-plus years since Columbus.  This is a distinctive sub-field of archaeology, not least because modern ... view course details

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AMST 6331

The Velvet Underground remains one of the most acclaimed and influential rock groups to emerge within the culturally turbulent era of the late 1960s. From their association with Andy Warhol beginning in ... view course details

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AMST 6596

This course will examine the theory and practice of nonviolence from the perspective of its key theorists, practitioners, and critics. Questions we will consider include: Why nonviolence? How should we ... view course details

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    Combined with: GOVT 6596

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt