AMERICAN STUDIES (AMST)

AMST 51. First-Year Seminar: Navigating America. 3 Credits.

Analyze American journeys and destinations, focusing on how resources, technology, transportation, and cultural influences have transformed the navigation and documentation of America. Multimedia documentation of personal journey required.
Gen Ed: SS, CI, EE-Field Work.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 53. First-Year Seminar: The Family and Social Change in America. 3 Credits.

This course uses changes in the American family over the past century as a way of understanding larger processes of social change. Honors version available
Gen Ed: HS, CI, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 54. First-Year Seminar: The Indians' New Worlds: Southeastern Histories from 1200 to 1800. 3 Credits.

This course uses archaeological and historical scholarship to consider the histories of the Southern Indians from the Mississippian period to the end of the 18th century.
Gen Ed: HS, US, WB.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: ANTH 54.

AMST 55. First-Year Seminar: Birth and Death in the United States. 3 Credits.

This course explores birth and death as essential human rites of passage that are invested with significance by changing and diverse American historical, cultural, ethnic, and ethical contexts. Honors version available
Gen Ed: PH, CI, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 56. Exploring American Memory. 3 Credits.

This course examines the contested and changing role of memory in constructing historical meaning, creating political ideologies, and imagining cultural communities.
Gen Ed: HS, NA, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 57. First-Year Seminar: Access to Higher Education. 3 Credits.

This course explores barriers to access to American colleges and universities. Success in application, admission, matriculation, and graduation requires ability and experience and is also a function of other advantages.
Gen Ed: SS, EE-Field Work, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 58. First-Year Seminar: Cultures of Dissent: Radical Social Thought in America since 1880. 3 Credits.

This course examines the history of radical social thought in American history, focusing in particular on examples from "leftist" and "collectivist" traditions, and emphasizes the many forms radicalism has taken by exploring different radical thinkers' dissenting critiques of dominant political, economic and social arrangements.
Gen Ed: HS, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 59. First-Year Seminar: American Indian Art in the 20th Century. 3 Credits.

This course examines 20th-century American Indian art within the context of critical topics in the field such as sovereignty, colonialism, modernity, modernism, gender, and representation.
Gen Ed: VP, CI, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 60. First-Year Seminar: American Indians in History, Law, and Literature. 3 Credits.

This research seminar provides a grounding in American Indian law, history, and literature. Students will conduct research for presentation on Wikipedia.
Gen Ed: HS, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 61. First-Year Seminar: Navigating the World through American Eyes. 3 Credits.

Designed to help prepare students for future study abroad opportunities and travel, service, and work in a global environment, the seminar focuses on critical differences, including transportation and other forms of infrastructure, that impact navigating places, people, and information. Individual competitive global travel proposals will be developed and presented.
Gen Ed: GL.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 89. First Year Seminar: Special Topics. 3 Credits.

Special topics course. Content will vary each semester. Honors version available
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit; may be repeated in the same term for different topics; 6 total credits. 2 total completions.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 101. The Emergence of Modern America. 3 Credits.

Interdisciplinary examination of two centuries of American culture, focusing on moments of change and transformation.
Gen Ed: HS, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 102. Myth and History in American Memory. 3 Credits.

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.
Gen Ed: HS, NA, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 110. Introduction to the Cultures and Histories of Native North America. 3 Credits.

An interdisciplinary introduction to Native American history and studies. The course uses history, literature, art, and cultural studies to study the Native American experience.
Gen Ed: HS, NA, US.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HIST 110.

AMST 175. Introduction to Food Studies: From Science to Society. 3 Credits.

Introduction to food studies covering a variety of topics including how food was consumed over history, land use and aquaculture, food in the arts, food and culture in the American South, food politics, and nutrition science.
Gen Ed: GL, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: NUTR 175, ANTH 175.

AMST 201. Literary Approaches to American Studies. 3 Credits.

A study of interdisciplinary methods and the concept of American Studies with an emphasis on the historical context for literary texts.
Gen Ed: LA, NA, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 202. Historical Approaches to American Studies. 3 Credits.

A study of interdisciplinary methods and the concept of American studies with an emphasis on historical and cultural analysis.
Gen Ed: HS, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 203. Approaches to American Indian Studies. 3 Credits.

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.
Gen Ed: HS, NA, US.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: ANTH 203.

AMST 210. Approaches to Southern Studies: A Historical Analysis of the American South. 3 Credits.

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.
Gen Ed: HS, NA, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 211. Approaches to Southern Studies: The Literary and Cultural Worlds of the American South. 3 Credits.

An examination of Southern cultural identity, literary imagination, and sense of place with an emphasis on the fiction, folklore, foodways, art, architecture, music, and material culture of the American South.
Gen Ed: LA, NA, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 220. On the Question of the Animal: Contemporary Animal Studies. 3 Credits.

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.
Gen Ed: PH, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 225. Comedy and Ethics. 3 Credits.

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.
Gen Ed: PH, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 225L. The Practice of Stand Up Comedy. 1 Credit.

Students will learn and practice the art of stand up comedy via structured assignments, group workshops, live performances and conversations that build on topics introduced in AMST 225. Class size is limited to 15 students. Instructor permission required.
Requisites: Pre- or corequisite, AMST 225.
Gen Ed: EE-Performing Arts.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 231. Native American History: The East. 3 Credits.

Covers the histories of American Indians east of the Mississippi River and before 1840. The approach is ethnohistorical.
Gen Ed: HS, NA, US.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HIST 231.

AMST 233. Native American History: The West. 3 Credits.

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.
Gen Ed: HS, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HIST 233.

AMST 234. Native American Tribal Studies. 3 Credits.

This course introduces students to a tribally specific body of knowledge. The tribal focus of the course and the instructor change from term to term. Honors version available
Gen Ed: HS, NA, US.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HIST 234, ANTH 234.

AMST 235. Native America in the 20th Century. 3 Credits.

This course deals with the political, economic, social, and cultural issues important to 20th-century Native Americans as they attempt to preserve tribalism in the modern world.
Gen Ed: HS, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HIST 235.

AMST 246. Indigenous Storytelling: Oral, Written, and Visual Literatures of Native America. 3 Credits.

Offers a historically, politically, and culturally contextualized examination of Native America through oral, written, and visual storytelling. Covering a wide range of genres, including oral narratives, novels, and visual arts, this introductory course showcases the fluidity of Indigenous artistic forms and their continuing centrality in Native America.
Gen Ed: LA, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 248. Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Justice. 3 Credits.

The first goal of this super course is to give students real tools for how to address multiple modes of difference and identity formations like race, gender, class, and sexuality.
Gen Ed: CI, US.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: ENGL 248, POLI 248.

AMST 252. Muslim American Literatures and Cultures. 3 Credits.

This course examines the diversity of Muslims in America and the variety of creative expression created throughout this long history of transcultural involvement.
Gen Ed: LA, CI, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 253. A Social History of Jewish Women in America. 3 Credits.

Course examines the history and culture of Jewish women in America from their arrival in New Amsterdam in 1654 to the present and explores how gender shaped this journey.
Gen Ed: HS, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: JWST 253, WGST 253.

AMST 255. Mid-20th-Century American Thought and Culture. 3 Credits.

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.
Gen Ed: HS, NA, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 256. Anti-'50s: Voices of a Counter Decade. 3 Credits.

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.
Gen Ed: LA, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 257. Melville: Culture and Criticism. 3 Credits.

Investigates the significance of Herman Melville as a representative 19th-century American author. Includes issues of biography, historical context, changing reception, cultural iconography, and the politics of the literary marketplace.
Gen Ed: LA, CI, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 258. Captivity and American Cultural Definition. 3 Credits.

Examines how representations of captivity and bondage in American expression worked to construct and transform communal categories of religion, race, class, gender, and nation.
Gen Ed: LA, NA, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 259. Tobacco and America. 3 Credits.

Explores the significance of tobacco from Native American ceremony to the Southern economy by focusing on changing attitudes toward land use, leisure, social style, public health, litigation, and global capitalism.
Gen Ed: HS, CI, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 266. The Folk Revival: The Singing Left in Mid-20th-Century America. 3 Credits.

Emphasizing cultural stratification, political dissent and commercialization in American youth and popular movements, this course will map the evolving political and cultural landscape of mid-20th-century America through the lens of the Folk Revival, from its origins in various regionalist, nativist, and socialist traditions of the 1920s to its alliance with the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s.
Gen Ed: LA, NA, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 268. American Cinema and American Culture. 3 Credits.

Examines the relationship between cinema and culture in America with a focus on the ways cinema has been experienced in American communities since 1896.
Gen Ed: VP, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 269. Mating and Marriage in American Culture. 3 Credits.

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.
Gen Ed: HS, CI, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 276. Food and American Studies: Cooking Up a Storm. 3 Credits.

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.
Gen Ed: CI, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 277. Globalization and National Identity. 3 Credits.

Considers the meanings and implications of globalization especially in relation to identity, nationhood, and America's place in the world. Honors version available
Gen Ed: HS, GL, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 278. Crimes and Punishments. 3 Credits.

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.
Gen Ed: HS, CI, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 283. American Home. 3 Credits.

Examines themes in the history and design of the most intimate and most public of objects - the house. Residences, from tract house mansions to apartment buildings, are powerful statements about how we see our society and how circumstances and choice lead us to house ourselves. Previously numbered AMST 466.
Gen Ed: HS, CI, EE-Field Work.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 284. Visual Culture. 3 Credits.

This course investigates how we make and signify meaning through images, ranging from art to advertising to graffiti, and provides the critical tools to understand the visual worlds we inhabit.
Gen Ed: VP.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 285. Access to Work in America. 3 Credits.

Focus on systemic and individual factors affecting access to work including gender, race, age, disability, transportation, international competition, technological progress, change in labor markets, educational institutions, and public policy.
Gen Ed: SS, CI, EE-Field Work.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: ECON 285.

AMST 287. Introduction to American Legal Education. 3 Credits.

Introduces students to how legal education is conducted in the United States by mimicking the "1L" experience, or first year in law school. It is broken into units that represent classes every law school teaches in the first year: contracts, property, torts, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law.
Gen Ed: SS.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 290. Topics in American Studies. 3 Credits.

Special topics in American studies.
Gen Ed: LA, NA.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit; may be repeated in the same term for different topics; 12 total credits. 4 total completions.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 291. Ethics and American Studies. 3 Credits.

An interdisciplinary seminar in American studies addressing ethical issues in the United States.
Gen Ed: PH, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 292. Historical Seminar in American Studies. 3 Credits.

Topics in American history in American studies. Honors version available
Gen Ed: HS, NA.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit. 12 total credits. 4 total completions.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 294. American Studies Seminar on Aesthetic Perspective. 3 Credits.

Topics in arts and literature from the perspective of American studies.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit. 12 total credits. 4 total completions.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 317. Adoption in America. 3 Credits.

An interdisciplinary approach to the history of adoption and related practices in the United States, employing the provisions society has made for the welfare of children deemed to be orphans as a powerful lens into changing values and attitudes toward childhood, race, class, gender, reproduction, parenthood, and family.
Gen Ed: HS, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 325. Encountering Art in the Unexpected: Borderlands and Story in Contemporary American Visual Art. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on the contemporary art and social change movement. We will learn how to use site-specific and performative art interventions to make invisible borders, boundaries, and other issues visible and innovatively to create engaged and sustained dialogue.
Gen Ed: VP, US.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: WGST 325.

AMST 334. Defining America I. 3 Credits.

An interdisciplinary seminar that considers the changing understandings of what it meant to be American up through the United States Civil War. Honors version available
Gen Ed: HS, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 335. Defining America II. 3 Credits.

An interdisciplinary seminar that investigates the changing meanings of being American since the United States Civil War. Honors version available
Gen Ed: LA, NA, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 336. Native Americans in Film. 3 Credits.

This course is about Hollywood's portrayal of Indians in film, how Indian films have depicted Native American history, and why the filmic representation of Indians has changed over time.
Gen Ed: VP, NA, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 337. Beyond Red Power: American Indian Activism since 1900. 3 Credits.

This course seeks to understand how American Indian individuals and communities survived a century that began with predictions of their disappearance. To answer that question, we take a broad view of politics and activism, exploring everything from the radical protest to art and everyday forms of resistance.
Gen Ed: HS, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 338. Native American Novel. 3 Credits.

This course examines this art form's development by indigenous writers as a mode of storytelling that explores the continuing effects of settler colonialism upon indigenous peoples and foregrounds indigenous notions of land, culture, and community.
Gen Ed: LA, CI, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 339. The Long 1960s in Native America. 3 Credits.

An interdisciplinary exploration of Native America during the "long 1960s" (1954-1973), this course focuses on how American Indian experiences intersected with and diverged from those of non-native groups via topics such as the youth movement, women's rights, nationalism, civil rights, radical protest, and creative expression.
Gen Ed: HS, CI, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 340. American Indian Art and Material Culture through Interdisciplinary Perspectives. 3 Credits.

Analyzes material culture created by Native artists throughout the United States and portions of Canada. Examines the role of art and artists and how material culture is studied and displayed. Students study objects, texts, and images, exploring mediums such as painting, sculpture, basket making, beadwork, and photography.
Gen Ed: VP, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 341. Digital Native America. 3 Credits.

This is a project-based course that explores settler colonial appropriations of American Indian knowledge. Students then use new technologies as a means of engaging in the digital re-representation and return of this knowledge. Instructor and topics vary.
Gen Ed: SS, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 350. Main Street Carolina: A Cultural History of North Carolina Downtowns. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the interdisciplinary scholarly approaches to the physical, social, economic, and cultural developments of downtowns. Students will conduct and share original research. Honors version available
Gen Ed: HS, EE-Mentored Research, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 360. The Jewish Writer in American Life. 3 Credits.

This course will investigate, through literature, film, and song, the encounter of Eastern European Jews and their descendants with Anglo-Protestant America over four generations.
Gen Ed: LA, NA, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 365. Women and Detective Fiction: From Miss Violet Strange to Veronica Mars. 3 Credits.

Traces the origins of detective fiction and major developments in the history of the genre with a focus on women authors and protagonists. Examines literary texts including fiction and film, with close attention to historical and social contexts and to theoretical arguments relating to popular fiction, genre studies, and gender.
Gen Ed: LA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 371. LGTBQ Film and Fiction from 1950 to the Present. 3 Credits.

An interdisciplinary seminar that explores stylistic choices and representational modes available to LGTBQ artists in the United States since 1950. We will relate shifts in cinematic and literary representations and aesthetic strategies to developments in political, social, and economic life.
Gen Ed: VP, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 374. America's Threatened Languages. 3 Credits.

This course introduces the phenomena of language shift, endangerment, and revitalization in America. In both indigenous and immigrant communities, the mid-1800s initiated a widespread shift toward English. Through readings and discussions, we examine the social and historical motivations for this trend, and explore critical thinking skills for analyzing language shift.
Gen Ed: SS, CI, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 375. Carolina Cooks, Carolina Eats: North Carolina Food and Culture. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the history, culture, and contemporary politics of food in North Carolina as a lens onto national and global food issues.
Gen Ed: SS, US.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: FOLK 375.

AMST 378. Nation Building and National Identity in Australia and the United States. 3 Credits.

This course compares the cultural and social histories of two settler societies: the United States and Australia. Focus on selected topics, including landscape, indigenous peoples, national identity, exploration. Honors version available
Gen Ed: HS, BN, GL.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 385. Gender and Economics. 3 Credits.

Survey of women's time allocation patterns, labor force participation trends, earnings, occupational selection, and economic history.
Gen Ed: SS, CI, EE-Field Work.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: ECON 385, WGST 385.

AMST 386. American Families. 3 Credits.

Students research the history of their own families as we examine the history of the family as a social institution in America.
Gen Ed: HS, CI, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 387. Race and Empire in 20th-Century American Intellectual History. 3 Credits.

This upper-level seminar explores influential 20th-century writings on race and empire and colonialism by intellectuals from America and around the world.
Gen Ed: HS, CI.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 390. Seminar in American Studies. 3 Credits.

Seminar in American studies topics with a focus on historical inquiry from interdisciplinary angles.
Gen Ed: HS, NA.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit; may be repeated in the same term for different topics; 12 total credits. 4 total completions.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 392. Radical Communities in Twentieth Century American Religious History. 3 Credits.

How the language, ideas, and cultural products of religious outsiders responded to and influenced mainstream ideas about what American religious communities could and should look like in terms of gender, race, economics, and faith-based practices.
Gen Ed: PH, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 394. The University in American Life: The University of North Carolina. 3 Credits.

This team-taught course is for juniors and seniors and is multifaceted in its inquiry into the role of the university in American life. UNC--Chapel Hill is used as the case study.
Gen Ed: CI, EE-Field Work, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 394L. Role of the University. 1 Credit.

Field laboratory explores UNC--Chapel Hill campus sites and Triangle-area universities. One four-hour laboratory a week.
Requisites: Pre- or corequisite, AMST 394.
Gen Ed: EE-Field Work.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 396. Independent Study in American Studies. 3 Credits.

Permission of the department. Directed reading under the supervision of a faculty member.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit. 12 total credits. 4 total completions.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 398. Service Learning in America. 3 Credits.

Explores history and theory of volunteerism and service learning in America. Includes a weekly academic seminar and placement in a service learning project.
Gen Ed: CI, EE-Service Learning.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 410. Senior Seminar in Southern Studies. 3 Credits.

We will engage such topics as race, immigration, cultural tourism, and memory to consider conceptions of the South. Students will research a subject they find compelling and write a 20- to 25-page paper.
Gen Ed: HS, EE-Mentored Research, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 420. Theories in American Studies. 3 Credits.

This course will move through prevalent theories in American studies to familiarize students with theoretical concepts and to ascertain both the advantages and pitfalls of theoretical landscapes. Students will become familiar with critical race (postcoloniality and settler-colonialism, for example), feminist, "queer" theories, historical materialism, political economy, postcolonialism, and bio-power.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 439. Meaning and Makers: Indigenous Artists and the Marketplace. 3 Credits.

This course examines how indigenous artists have negotiated, shaped, and pursued markets and venues of display ranging from "fine" art markets, galleries, and museums to popular markets associated with tourism.
Gen Ed: VP, CI, GL.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 440. American Indian Poetry. 3 Credits.

This course explores the relation of American Indian poetry and music in English to the history and culture of indigenous communities and their relation to the United States.
Gen Ed: LA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 475. Documenting Communities. 3 Credits.

Covers the definition and documentation of communities within North Carolina through research, study, and field work of communities. Each student produces a documentary on a specific community. Previously offered as AMST 275. Honors version available
Gen Ed: SS, CI, EE-Field Work.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 482. Images of the American Landscape. 3 Credits.

This course will consider how real estate speculation, transportation, suburbanization, and consumerism have shaped a landscape whose many representations in art and narrative record our ongoing struggle over cultural meaning.
Gen Ed: HS, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 483. Seeing the USA: Visual Arts and American Culture. 3 Credits.

Examines the ways in which visual works - paintings, photographs, sculpture, architecture, film, advertising, and other images - communicate the values of American culture and raise questions about American experiences.
Gen Ed: VP, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 485. Folk, Self-Taught, Vernacular, and Outsider Arts. 3 Credits.

Drawing on American and international examples, this course addresses a body of art that occupies the borderlands of contemporary art, examining questions of authenticity, dysfunction, aesthetics, and identity.
Gen Ed: VP.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 486. Shalom Y'all: The Jewish Experience in the American South. 3 Credits.

This course explores ethnicity in the South and focuses on the history and culture of Jewish Southerners from their arrival in the Carolinas in the 17th century to the present day.
Gen Ed: HS, CI, US.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: JWST 486.

AMST 487. Early American Architecture and Material Life. 3 Credits.

This course explores, through lecture and discussion, the experiences of everyday life from 1600 through the early 19th century, drawing on the evidence of architecture, landscape, images, and objects.
Gen Ed: VP, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 488. No Place like Home: Material Culture of the American South. 3 Credits.

Seminar will explore the unique worlds of Southern material culture and how "artifacts" from barns to biscuits provide insight about the changing social and cultural history of the American South.
Gen Ed: VP, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: FOLK 488.

AMST 489. Writing Material Culture. 3 Credits.

A reading seminar that examines multiple critical perspectives that shape the reception and interpretation of objects, with a particular emphasis on things in American life.
Gen Ed: VP.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 493. Internship. 1-3 Credits.

Permission of the department and the instructor. Internship. Variable credit.
Gen Ed: EE-Academic Internship.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit. 6 total credits. 2 total completions.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 498. Advanced Seminar in American Studies. 3 Credits.

Graduate or junior/senior standing. Examines American civilization by studying social and cultural history, criticism, art, architecture, music, film, popular pastimes, and amusements, among other possible topics.
Gen Ed: VP, NA.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit; may be repeated in the same term for different topics; 9 total credits. 3 total completions.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 510. Federal Indian Law and Policy. 3 Credits.

This course gives an introduction to the American government's law and policy concerning tribal nations and tribal peoples. We examine a number of legal and political interactions to determine how the United States has answered the "Indian problem" throughout its history and the status of tribal peoples and nations today.
Gen Ed: HS, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 511. American Indians and American Law. 3 Credits.

This course explores the history of Native interaction with the American legal system in order to understand how the law affects Native peoples and others today. Students are encouraged (but not required) to take AMST 510 before enrolling in this course.
Gen Ed: HS, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 512. Race and American Law. 3 Credits.

This class will explore the intersection between race and American law, both in a historical and contemporary context. It will ask how both of these major social forces have informed and defined each other and what that means for how we think about race and law today.
Gen Ed: US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 671. Introduction to Public History. 3 Credits.

Introduces the theory, politics, and practice of historical work conducted in public venues (museums, historic sites, national parks, government agencies, archives), directed at public audiences, or addressed to public issues.
Gen Ed: HS, EE-Mentored Research, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HIST 671.

AMST 685. Literature of the Americas. 3 Credits.

Two years of college-level Spanish or the equivalent strongly recommended. Multidisciplinary examination of texts and other media of the Americas, in English and Spanish, from a variety of genres.
Gen Ed: LA, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: ENGL 685, CMPL 685.

AMST 691H. Honors in American Studies. 3 Credits.

Directed independent research leading to the preparation of an honors thesis and an oral examination on the thesis. Required of candidates for graduation with honors in American studies who enroll in the class once permission to pursue honors is granted.
Gen Ed: EE-Mentored Research.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 692H. Honors in American Studies. 3 Credits.

Directed independent research leading to the preparation of an honors thesis and an oral examination on the thesis. Required of candidates for graduation with honors in American studies who enroll in the class once permission to pursue honors is granted.
Gen Ed: EE-Mentored Research.
Grading status: Letter grade.

AMST 700. The History and Practices of American Studies. 3 Credits.

This course will acquaint students with the texts, contexts, issues, and controversies in American Studies as a field of study. It is required for most American studies graduate students and open to graduate students in other departments.

AMST 701. Interdisciplinary Research Methods. 3 Credits.

This course will focus on techniques of American studies investigation. Various faculty members will make presentations highlighting approaches including Southern studies, American Indian studies, Material Culture studies, and new media.

AMST 702. Readings in American Studies. 3 Credits.

This course takes a specific topic to explore in depth, and through this investigation critically examines contending perspectives on the field. Topics will change depending on faculty interest.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit.

AMST 775. Graduate Seminar in Food Studies: Interdisciplinary Research. 3 Credits.

This class exposes graduate students to interdisciplinary food studies research in the humanities. We use farm records, cookbooks, novels, poetry, photographs, songs, documentaries, and oral histories to investigate American food communities. We are not aiming to define food studies, but are looking at its questions, problems, theories, and methods.

AMST 795. Digital Humanities Field Experience. 1-3 Credits.

An opportunity for students to translate theory into practice as they make meaningful contributions to digital humanities projects. Field experience can be tailored to fit the intellectual and professional needs of individual students, who may choose to work on projects in cultural heritage institutions or within academic departments on campus.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit. 6 total credits. 2 total completions.

AMST 840. Digital Humanities/Digital American Studies. 3 Credits.

This course, explores the application of digital technologies to the materials, questions, and practices of humanities scholarship, particularly as related to enduring topics in American Studies scholarship and community engagement. Students will work on group digital history projects in collaboration with local cultural heritage organizations.

AMST 850. Digital Humanities Practicum. 3 Credits.

This practicum blends graduate seminar discussions with hands-on training in the digital humanities. Students will work in the Digital Innovation Lab, contributing to real-life projects while developing their own professional development goals. Students will emerge with a deeper understanding of and experience with digital humanities approaches, practices, and issues.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit. 6 total credits. 2 total completions.

AMST 878. Readings in Native American History. 3 Credits.

Readings in and discussions of the major works in Native American history.
Same as: HIST 878.

AMST 880. American Film and Media History. 3 Credits.

Topically focused examination of social and cultural aspects of cinema and media history in the United States, including cinema/media audiences, reception, and historiography.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit.

AMST 890. Seminar in American Studies. 3 Credits.

Graduate seminar exploring selected topics in the theory and practice of American Studies.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit. 12 total credits. 4 total completions.

AMST 895. Directed Readings. 3 Credits.

Permission of the instructor. Independent reading programs for graduate students.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit. 12 total credits. 4 total completions.

AMST 900. Directed Studies. 0.5-15 Credits.

Permission of the instructor. Topics and credit hours vary according to the needs and interests of the individual student and the professor supervising the research project.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit.

AMST 901. M.A. Research Seminar. 3 Credits.

Students will be introduced to issues of project design, develop a prospectus for the M.A. capstone project, work with an advisor, and prepare full drafts of their projects.

AMST 902. Ph.D. Research Seminar. 3 Credits.

A review of current scholarship in American Studies, with the aim of creating the final reading list for the comprehensive exams, and an introduction to dissertation design.

AMST 948. Research in Native American History. 3 Credits.

This course introduces graduate students to research methods in Native American history, including the methodology of ethnohistory and the techniques of compiling a source base, taking notes, and outlining.
Same as: HIST 948.

AMST 992. Master's (Non-Thesis). 3 Credits.

Non-Thesis Option
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit.

AMST 993. Master's Research and Thesis. 3 Credits.

Master's Thesis
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit.

AMST 994. Doctoral Research and Dissertation. 3 Credits.

Individual work on the doctoral dissertation, pursued under the supervision of the Ph.D. advisor.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit.