American Studies (AMST)Arts and Sciences

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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

  •  5665AMST 1101  LEC 001

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AMST 1140

This course offers you a chance to become a more engaged member of the Ithaca community as part of your first-year writing experience. For two afternoons a week, Cornell students will engage with Ithaca ... view course details

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  •   FWS Session.  Combined with: ENGL 1140WRIT 1400

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17810AMST 1140  SEM 101

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  • Student schedules must accommodate TR trips (3-5 PM) to Boynton Middle School.

AMST 1321

This class is a survey of music practices among Mexican communities both in Mexico and in the U.S. Taking contemporary musical practices as a point of departure, the class explores the historical, cultural, ... view course details

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  • 15953AMST 1321  LEC 001

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  • 17881AMST 1321  DIS 201

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  • 17882AMST 1321  DIS 202

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AMST 1601

This course attends to the contemporary issues, contexts and experiences of Indigenous peoples. Students will develop a substantive understanding of colonialism and engage in the parallels and differences ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: AIS 1110

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5527AMST 1601  LEC 001

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  •  5528AMST 1601  DIS 201

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  •  5529AMST 1601  DIS 202

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  •  7645AMST 1601  DIS 203

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AMST 1800

This course examines immigration as a major theme in U.S. history and culture. We will discuss immigration in different periods of our national history, and in different locations, from Boston and New ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 1800LSP 1800

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16198AMST 1800  LEC 001

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  • 16199AMST 1800  DIS 201

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  • 16200AMST 1800  DIS 202

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  • 16201AMST 1800  DIS 203

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  • 16202AMST 1800  DIS 204

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AMST 2000

Provides a broad introduction of modes of vision and the historical impact of visual images, visual structures, and visual space on culture, communication, and politics. The question of "how we see" is ... view course details

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AMST 2001

Educational historian Frederick Rudolph called Cornell University "the first American university," referring to its unique role as a coeducational, nonsectarian, land-grant institution with a broad curriculum ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 2999HIST 2005

  • 1 Credit Stdnt Opt

  •  7978AMST 2001  LEC 001

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AMST 2040

This course will introduce students to American literature from the Civil War to the present. We will consider a wide range of authors and literary movements while paying close attention to radical shifts ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 2040

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5582AMST 2040  LEC 001

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AMST 2060

Some of the best novels of the last 50 years were written by people who were students or professors at Cornell. Reading a selection of these great Cornell novels, we will also be tracing the history and ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 2060

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15460AMST 2060  LEC 001

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AMST 2105

The musical is a distinct and significant form of American performance. This course will consider the origins, development, and internationalization of the American musical and will emphasize ... view course details

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  • 16391AMST 2105  LEC 001

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AMST 2108

This course explores Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) knowledge and its application across the disciplines and through time. In particular, it offers a glimpse into Cornell's local indigenous culture ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: AIS 2100ARTH 2101

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18183AMST 2108  LEC 001

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AMST 2251

Americans are conflicted about immigration.  We honor and celebrate (and commercialize) our immigrant heritage in museums, folklife festivals, parades, pageants, and historical monuments. We also build ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 2251LSP 2251

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16210AMST 2251  SEM 101

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AMST 2260

In this class, we will examine how musicians working in such genres as rock, jazz, folk, classical, soul, and experimental music responded and contributed to the major themes of the 1960s in the US: the ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: ASRC 2260MUSIC 2260

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15956AMST 2260  LEC 001

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  • 16533AMST 2260  DIS 201

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  • 16534AMST 2260  DIS 202

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AMST 2560

This course examines the widespread perception and the varied responses to the notion that the American K-12 education system is failing to adequately prepare its students. We review the structure of the ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: PAM 2550

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17463AMST 2560  LEC 001

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AMST 2581

This lecture course serves as an introduction to the historical study of humanity's interrelationship with the natural world. Environmental history is a quickly evolving field, taking on increasing importance ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: BSOC 2581HIST 2581

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16515AMST 2581  LEC 001

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  • 16516AMST 2581  DIS 201

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  • 16517AMST 2581  DIS 202

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  • 16518AMST 2581  DIS 203

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AMST 2600

Both oral and written, Native literatures of the U.S. comprise a critical commentary on a range of ongoing issues facing the international community: the environment, sustainability, gender, capitalism, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: AIS 2600ENGL 2600

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8852AMST 2600  SEM 101

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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

  •  7740AMST 2620  LEC 001

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AMST 2655

Exploration and analysis of the Hispanic experience in the United States. Examines the sociohistorical background and economic, psychological, and political factors that converge to shape a Latino group ... view course details

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  •  7483AMST 2655  LEC 001

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AMST 2660

One thing many Americans think they know is their Indians: Pocahontas, the First Thanksgiving, fighting cowboys, reservation poverty, and casino riches. Under our very noses, however, Native American history ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: AIS 2660HIST 2660

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  7546AMST 2660  LEC 001

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AMST 2680

Nearly half a century ago, the civil rights movement, the Cold War, and Vietnam stimulated critiques and alternative lifestyles that changed American society forever. What can the experiences of young ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 2680

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15465AMST 2680  LEC 001

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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 GradeNoAud

  • 17403AMST 3010  SEM 101

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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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  • 16554AMST 3032  LEC 001

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AMST 3060

Focuses on the social history of American workers and the role of organized labor in American life since the 1960s. Course themes often center on the complexities of social class in the United States. ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ILRLR 3060

  • 4 Credits GradeNoAud

  • 16580AMST 3060  LEC 001

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AMST 3065

Immigration discourse and policy has played a central role in shaping the modern American nation-state, including its composition, values, and institutions. This course begins in the late nineteenth century, ... view course details

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  • 16625AMST 3065  LEC 001

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AMST 3131

A general-education course to acquaint students with how our legal system pursues the goals of society. The course introduces students to various perspectives on the nature of law, what functions it ought ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 3131LAW 4131

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17227AMST 3131  LEC 001

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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

  • 3-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15638AMST 3142  SEM 101

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  • 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

Historical archaeology attempts to bring textual and archaeological data to bear on questions of the past. In practice this can mean many different approaches, including some that are not traditionally ... view course details

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  • 15866AMST 3200  LEC 001

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AMST 3360

Explores major American playwrights from 1900 to 1960, introducing students to American theatre as a significant part of modern American cultural history. We will consider the ways in which theatre has ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 3360PMA 3757

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16405AMST 3360  LEC 001

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AMST 3402

This course is about being Black throughout the Atlantic world. What constitutes Blackness? What experiences, cultural understandings and social problems shape the identities of people of African descent? ... view course details

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  • 16990AMST 3402  SEM 101

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AMST 3405

This course explores research on race, ethnicity and language in American education. It examines historical and current patterns of school achievement for minoritized youths. It also examines the cultural ... view course details

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  •  9095AMST 3405  LEC 001

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AMST 3430

A survey of the turning point of US. history: The Civil War (1861-1865) and its aftermath, Reconstruction (1865-1877). We will look at the causes, the coming, and the conduct, of the war, and the way in ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 3430

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18197AMST 3430  LEC 001

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  • 18198AMST 3430  DIS 201

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  • 18199AMST 3430  DIS 202

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  • 18200AMST 3430  DIS 203

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  • 18201AMST 3430  DIS 204

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AMST 3520

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  •   Combined with: AAS 3515HIST 3515

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 18625AMST 3520  SEM 101

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AMST 3525

Twentieth-century poetry has been closely identified with what Ezra Pound famously termed the challenge to "Make It New." Yet the question of just what "making it new" might mean was hotly contested throughout ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 3525

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15471AMST 3525  SEM 101

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AMST 3581

What role should imaginative arts play in debates about transnational migration, one of the principal factors re-shaping community and communication today?  Focusing on literature and film from the late ... view course details

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  • 16379AMST 3581  SEM 101

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AMST 3590

This course provides a critical historical interrogation of what Black Marxism author Cedric Robinson called "the Black Radical Tradition." It is designed to introduce students to some of the major currents ... view course details

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  • 16659AMST 3590  LEC 001

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AMST 3690

Poverty is an ongoing issue in the United States, and has intensified since the recession of 2008. As such, poverty has disproportionately affected women and underrepresented racial and ethnic communities. ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 3690FGSS 3691

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15477AMST 3690  SEM 101

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AMST 3740

Art and everyday life in nineteenth and early-twentieth century America with emphasis on Anglo-European traditions. Considers democratic cultures and identities through topical units: the Peale family ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ARTH 3740VISST 3740

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7843AMST 3740  LEC 001

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AMST 3742

This course will examine a variety of voices in contemporary African American poetry, focusing on works produced in the decades following the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements. We will consider how ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 3740ENGL 3740

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15480AMST 3742  SEM 101

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AMST 3744

"America Becomes Modern" offers an upper-level survey of major themes in American history between 1877 and 1917. The course will have a lecture/discussion format; student participation is highly valued ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 3740

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16750AMST 3744  LEC 001

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  • 16751AMST 3744  DIS 201

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  • 16752AMST 3744  DIS 202

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AMST 3854

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  •   Combined with: CRP 3854GOVT 3494

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Social Justice& Urban Issues:Case of Washington,DC

  •  7659AMST 3854  LEC 080

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  • Taught in Washington, DC.

AMST 3860

Examines the experience of black Americans from the start of the Great Migration just before World War I. Topics include the effects of migration on work experiences and unionization patterns, the impact ... view course details

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  • 16641AMST 3860  LEC 001

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AMST 3980

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5666AMST 3980  IND 601

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AMST 3990

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5667AMST 3990  IND 601

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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

  • 15667AMST 4021  SEM 101

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AMST 4080

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  • 17873AMST 4080  SEM 101

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AMST 4112

President Barack Obama was elected in 2008 amid hopes of his supporters that the United States would address numerous pressing domestic policy issues. In this course, we assess Obama's first term, examining ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 4112

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 15672AMST 4112  SEM 101

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AMST 4194

What is distinctive about American Shakespeare? Is it merely a less confident cousin of its more prestigious UK relative; or does it have a character of its own? What is currently happening with 'American ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 4291PMA 4190

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8682AMST 4194  LEC 080

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  • Taught in Washington, DC.

AMST 4300

The Milman Seminar: Baseball in American Culture. Through a reading of fiction and nonfiction, we examine the role of baseball as it has shaped and reflected the attitudes and values of Americans. (Novels ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17223AMST 4300  SEM 001

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AMST 4306

Topic for spring 2015: Mass Culture in the Great Depression. This seminar explores public art and popular entertainments as the means for everyday people to politically engage or escape the Great Depression ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ARTH 4761VISST 4761

  • 4 Credits GradeNoAud

  • 16446AMST 4306  SEM 101

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AMST 4313

Now let us begin.  Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world. The course will begin from the declaration made by Martin Luther King, Jr. that the struggle ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 4313

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8963AMST 4313  SEM 101

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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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  • 16738AMST 4393  SEM 101

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AMST 4402

This course will explore how women are portrayed in hip hop music and culture, addressing women both as consumers and producers. We will draw on texts that analyze misogyny in hip hop music and music videos, ... view course details

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  • 17204AMST 4402  SEM 101

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AMST 4585

This seminar will provide a survey of the history of American political thought, with emphasis placed on four significant periods: Puritan New England, the Revolution and Founding, Abolition and Civil ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 4585

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16489AMST 4585  SEM 180

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  • Taught in Washington, DC.

AMST 4610

Topic for spring 2015: U.S. Art of the 1960's view course details

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  •   Combined with: ARTH 4600

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • Topic: US Art in the 1960's

  •  8779AMST 4610  SEM 101

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AMST 4661

This senior research seminar offers students the opportunity to engage the vibrant history of the Great War for Empire (also known as the Seven Year's War, and the French and Indian War) from multiple ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 4661

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8874AMST 4661  SEM 101

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AMST 4944

This course explores the philosophical concept of biopolitics and its diverse translations and/or adaptations across multiple disciplines and across the globe (Africa, Far East, South East Asia, and the ... view course details

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  • 18417AMST 4944  SEM 101

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AMST 4990

This course brings together the fields of sound, popular music, and performance studies in order to investigate how "racial common sense" has been constituted at various moments in U.S. cultural history. ... view course details

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  • 17021AMST 4990  SEM 101

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AMST 4994

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  5669AMST 4994  IND 601

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AMST 6210

Historical archaeology attempts to bring textual and archaeological data to bear on questions of the past. In practice this can mean many different approaches, including some that are not traditionally ... view course details

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  • 15869AMST 6210  LEC 001

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AMST 6308

This seminar examines the relationships between consciousness and the body, as leading thinkers on Caribbean colonial and postcolonial conditions have posited them. Readings will be organized around three ... view course details

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  • 17953AMST 6308  SEM 101

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AMST 6424

This course examines the role that both law and language, as mutually constitutive mediating systems, occupy in constructing ethnoracial identity in the United States. We approach the law from a critical ... view course details

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  • 15875AMST 6424  SEM 101

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AMST 6472

In June 2013, in the space of a week, the Supreme Court ruled on affirmative action, the legacy of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). While the first two decisions ... view course details

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  • 17931AMST 6472  SEM 101

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