AST 109 - Introduction to American Studies 3 credits; Offered as required; Formerly offered as HIS 109
This course explores what it means to be an American. Using American Studies Methodology, the course provides an introduction to American historical, political, social and cultural life with particular emphasis on both the founding of the nation and recent America.
AST 205 - History of Art and Protest 3 credits; Offered fall and spring; Formerly offered as HIS 205
This interdisciplinary seminar takes a socio-historical approach to art, from long-standing examples in American history through modern day manifestation and current initiatives.
Every unit draws upon interdisciplinary examples from across diverse forms: visual arts, oral and written literature. Students participate in several different experiential art forms.
AST 217 - Dreams in Popular Culture 3 credits; Offered as required
This course introduces students to three elements of American popular culture advertisements, movies, and television programs. Throughout the semester, analyses of those three popular culture elements will focus on the theme of the “realization of dreams.” Analyses of those three popular culture elements also will focus on depictions of gender and race related to the “realization of dreams.”
AST 317 - Modern American Popular Culture 3 credits; Offered as required; Formerly offered as HIS 317
This course presents an analysis of the development and structure of twentieth century American forms of popular cultural habits. Particular focus is placed on reality television, but other topics may include movies, sports, popular music, media, and other mass leisure genre.
AST 336 - Engaged Ethnography 3 credits; Offered as required; Formerly offered as HIS 336
This course explores the ways in which ethnography (writing about culture) can be viewed in terms of how communities past and present have come together to tell stories or create an historical record about themselves.
Our readings will explore how various writers, researchers, artists, activists, scholars, community organizers and public intellectuals connect historical traditions with contemporary practices of lively engagement with social issues. Students will also engage in some hands-on practice in anthropological and ethnographic methodology: collecting, gathering, and producing oral historical accounts.
AST 378 - Sports and American Society 3 credits; Offered as required; Formerly offered as HIS 378
This course covers America’s amateur and professional sports history from the colonial era to the present day. Students examine the genesis of the present-day sports world and the ways in which the sports world reflected American society. The course includes debates about current issues and controversies.
AST 396 - Black Folklore and Folklife 3 credits; Offered as required; Formerly offered as HIS 396
This course examines black history, heritage, and culture as illuminated through expression of Folklore and Folklife, including music, oral narratives, beliefs, customs, foodways, crafts, tools, and decorative objects—in short, everyday creative expressions employed in, by, and among various black populations in the African diaspora.
The course offers a particular (but not exclusive) emphasis on African-Americans and the history of Africans in the Americas, exploring the development of identities both through common groups (i.e., occupational, family, religious, regional, etc.) and through common genres.
Readings, case studies, and experiential activities may include traditions revolving around foodways, music, gender relations, occupation, movement arts, beliefs and customs, and narrative.
AST 487 - Historiography Seminar 3 credits
This course surveys historical writings with readings of the great historians. Course includes extensive study of modern historical writing arranged according to type: political, social, economic, and so forth.