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American Studies

204 Greenlaw Hall, CB# 3520
(919) 962-5481

First Session, 2020

AMST 102 Myth and History in American Memory (3)

Examines the role of memory in constructing historical meaning and in imagining the boundaries of American cultural communities. Explores popular rituals, artifacts, monuments, and public performances. Previously offered as AMST 384. Meets for two hours, four days per week, Monday – Thursday. Early evening.

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 220 On the Question of the Animal: Contemporary Animal Studies (3)

MAYMESTER. 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 256 Anti-’50s: Voices of a Counter Decade (3)

MAYMESTER. We remember the 1950s as a period of relative tranquility, happiness, optimism, and contentment. This course will consider a handful of countertexts: voices from literature, politics, and mass culture of the 1950s that for one or another reason found life in the postwar world repressive, empty, frightening, or insane and predicted the social and cultural revolutions that marked the decade that followed.

AMST 276 Food and American Culture: What We Eat and Who We Are (3)

This course will take students on a journey through some of the key moments in “American” food studies and its beginnings across a range of disciplinary homes: the study of nutrition and food security; the study of food systems and the vocabularies that subtend them.

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.

 

Second Session, 2020

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 201 Literary Approaches to American Studies (3)

ONLINE. A study of interdisciplinary methods and the concept of American Studies with an emphasis on the historical context for literary texts.

AMST 210 Approaches to Southern Studies: A Historical Analysis of the American South (3)

An examination of both the mythical and real American South and its diverse peoples through the study of the region’s archaeological, geographical, and environmental history integrated with the study of the region’s sociology and its economic, political, intellectual, and religious history. Meets for two and a half hours, three days per week, Monday – Thursday. Late afternoon to early evening.

AMST 233 Native American History: The West (HIST 233) (3)

Deals with the histories of Native Americans living west of the Mississippi River. It begins in the pre-Columbian past and extends to the end of the 19th century. Meets for two and a half hours, three days per week, Monday – Thursday. Late afternoon to early evening. ****Canceled***

AMST 269 Mating and Marriage in American Culture (3)

ONLINE. Interdisciplinary examination of the married condition from colonial times to the present. Themes include courtship and romance, marital power and the egalitarian ideal, challenges to monogamy.

AMST 276 Food and American Culture: What We Eat and Who We Are (3)

ONLINE. This course will take students on a journey through some of the key moments in “American” food studies and its beginnings across a range of disciplinary homes: the study of nutrition and food security; the study of food systems and the vocabularies that subtend them.