204 Greenlaw Hall, CB# 3520
FIRST SESSION, 2017
AMST 202 Historical Approaches to American Studies (3). A study of interdisciplinary methods and the concept of American studies with an emphasis on historical and cultural analysis.
AMST 220 On the Question of the Animal: Contemporary Animal Studies (3). This course is an introduction to “animal studies,” through animal rights, animal welfare, food studies, and the human/animal distinction in philosophical inquiry. We will read work from dog and horse trainers and explore the history of the American racetrack. This course builds a moral and ethical reasoning skill set.
AMST 225 Comedy and Ethics (3). MAYMESTER. This course explores the historical, sociocultural, and legal significance of 20th- and 21st-century comedy in the United States. We will consider comedy as public voice; examine how humor constructs and disrupts American identities; and discuss the ethics of the creative process, performance, and reception.
AMST 234 Native American Tribal Studies (ANTH 234, HIST 234) (3). MAYMESTER. This course introduces students to a tribally specific body of knowledge. The tribal focus of the course and the instructor changes from term to term.
AMST 278 Crimes and Punishments (3). MAYMESTER. This course explores the social history and culture of crime, deviant behavior, and punishment in America between the pre-revolutionary period and today. It traces the history of longstanding institutions; examines elements of American history from a criminal justice perspective; and seeks historical origins and continuities for contemporary problems.
AMST 292 The Unexpected Lives of American Indians (3). MAYMESTER. This course explores the unexpected lives of American Indians from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century through the experiences of Flathead author, activist, and intellectual D’Arcy McNickle (1904-1977). During week one, we’ll read scholarship on history, race, and identity, as well as D’Arcy McNickle’s own unpublished diary. In week two, we’ll travel to Washington, D.C. to conduct original research in the records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the National Archives. Our research will focus on D’Arcy McNickle’s work with the Lumbee in North Carolina during the Indian New Deal of the 1930s. In week three, we’ll represent what we’ve learned using digital technologies. While we will delve deeply into Native America, the archive, and digital representation, the course has been designed to be accessible to those who do not have a background in any of these areas. A program fee of $150 covers train and other program expenses. Students will pay for their own meals as well as the cost of lodging at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., where all participants will stay. For more information please email Professor Cobb at firstname.lastname@example.org. Course flyer. ***Cancelled***
FOLK 202 Introduction to Folklore (3). An introduction to the study of creativity and aesthetic expression in everyday life, considering both traditional genres and contemporary innovations in the material, verbal, and musical arts.
SECOND SESSION, 2017
AMST 101 The Emergence of Modern America (3). Interdisciplinary examination of two centuries of American culture, focusing on moments of change and transformation.
AMST 110 Introduction to the Cultures and Histories of Native North America (HIST 110) (3). ONLINE. An interdisciplinary introduction to Native American history and studies. The course uses history, literature, art, and cultural studies to study the Native American experience.
AMST 203 Approaches to American Indian Studies (3). Introduces students to the disciplines comprising American Indian studies and teaches them how to integrate disciplines for a more complete understanding of the experiences of American Indian peoples.
AMST 255 Mid-20th-Century American Thought and Culture (3).This course examines topics in the intellectual and cultural history of the United States in the mid-20th century, including issues of race thinking, mass culture, and gender ideologies. EVENING