AMST-140
Wash DC: Life in a Monument
WAIT-4
001
 
03.00
Cabello,T  
 
 
W       02:30PM 05:20PM  TBA  TBA    08/29/16 12/19/16
 
AMST-200
American Dreams/American Lives
CLOSED
001
 
03.00
Woods,S  
 
 
MTH     12:55PM 02:10PM  TBA  TBA    08/29/16 12/19/16
 
AMST-240 FA4
Poverty & Culture
OPEN
001
 
03.00
Curtin,M  
 
 
TF      02:30PM 03:45PM  TBA  TBA    08/29/16 12/19/16
 
Restriction: Community-Based Research Program. As a part of this course, students will engage with a nonprofit agency or school in the D.C. area to apply their knowledge.
AMST-320
American Cultural History
CLOSED
001
Civil Rights in the U.S. 
03.00
Bell,A  
 
 
TH      05:30PM 08:00PM  TBA  TBA    08/29/16 12/19/16
 
Civil Rights in the United States: Movements of Change (3) In this course students explore activist and civil rights movements in the United States, analyzing both the political and social actors articulating these movements, as well as the particular tactics and strategies mobilized by different communities and groups. Students consider how movements across the country and world play out in the contexts of their own lives. Focus on particular themes or movements including race/ethnicity; sexuality; immigration/nationalism; war/conflict; and class/Neoliberalism examines the various movements and actions that have mobilized around these concerns, such as the Civil Rights Movement, LGBT rights, the Minuteman Civil Defense Corp, squatters/occupiers, and so forth.
OPEN
002
Black/Gay Exp in America 
03.00
Cabello,T  
 
 
W       05:30PM 08:00PM  TBA  TBA    08/29/16 12/19/16
 
In the Life: The Black/Gay Experience in America (3) This course investigates the history of African American LGBTs, from slavery to present time. Topics explored include: same-gender loving during slavery, intimate friendships, the Harlem Renaissance, queer Blues/Jazz artists, the Lavender Scare, Gay Liberation, Disco, Studio 54, Drag Balls and Drag Queens, AIDS, homosexuality in Hip-Hop, RuPaul's Drag race, Noah's Arc, and Frank Ocean. Students explore and read a wide variety of sources: black queer theory, cultural theory, literature, newspapers, archives, documentaries, movies, songs, and TV series.
AMST-330
Contemporary American Culture
OPEN
001
Food, Media, and Culture 
03.00
Hartman,S  
 
 
W       05:30PM 08:00PM  TBA  TBA    08/29/16 12/19/16
 
Food, Media, and Culture (3) This course investigates the intersection of food, ideology, identity, and media in American history. Cookbooks, memoirs, magazines, radio and TV-shows as well as feature films have traditionally used food to discuss national, ethnic, and class identity, while simultaneously promoting norms on citizenship, gender, and sexuality. The sources discussed in the course reach from the first American cookbook in the late eighteenth century to food centered videogames in the twenty-first century.
CANCELLED
002
Health in the Digital Age 
03.00
Woods,S  
 
 
W       02:30PM 05:20PM  TBA  TBA    CANCELLED
 
Health in the Digital Age (3) The advent of social media has impacted how nonprofits, corporations and the medical community organize in response to the contributors to health and illness. This course examines the interplay between public health, activism and social media. Issues covered include privacy concerns, the role of the pharmaceutical industry, transnational health, and reproductive and sexual rights. The course incorporates academic texts, online resources, case studies, videos, and guest lectures.
OPEN
003
Glbl Cultures Michael Jackson 
03.00
Cabello,T  
 
 
TH      02:30PM 05:20PM  TBA  TBA    08/29/16 12/19/16
 
Global Cultures of Michael Jackson (3) Michael Jackson was a global American icon. His music, a mix of rock, pop, soul and world music, weaved West African, South American, African American and Anglo-American inspirations. His choreography fused the artistry of Fred Astaire, James Brown, Marcel Marceau, Jackie Wilson, and Jerome Robbins. His filmography combined the influences of film noir, horror, science fiction and Broadway musicals. His World Tours visited forty countries. This course re-envisions Michael Jackson's global influences to reframe his international impact. In addition to documentaries, academic texts, and biographies, students critique Jackson's artistic production, music, videos, and concerts.
OPEN
004
Hunger Games 
03.00
Woods,S  
 
 
M       02:30PM 05:20PM  TBA  TBA    08/29/16 12/19/16
 
Hunger Games (3) The Hunger Games trilogy is a publishing phenomenon that has dramatically impacted American popular culture. Using the series as a case study, this course examines the interplay of class, politics, ethics, and marketing. Topics covered include oppression, feminism, food deserts, rebellion, the publishing industry, and social media marketing. The course also relies on academic texts, online resources, videos, and guest speakers.
WAIT-4
005
The Shonda Rhimes Experience 
03.00
Woods,S  
 
 
TH      05:30PM 08:00PM  TBA  TBA    08/29/16 12/19/16
 
The Shonda Rhimes Experience (3) This course examines the influence of Shonda Rhimes and her series, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder, on American popular culture. Using these shows as case studies, students explore feminism, race, sexuality, and identity. Students also investigate the varied uses of traditional and social media by television networks, cast members, and viewers, as well as the representation of women in entertainment and media.
AMST-340
Commun Activism & Regional Std
WAIT-2
002
Latino Comm of DC Metro Area 
03.00
Campos,M  
 
 
T       05:30PM 08:00PM  TBA  TBA    08/29/16 12/19/16
 
As a part of this course, students will engage with a nonprofit agency or school in the D.C. area to apply their course knowledge. Latino Community in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area (3) This course takes an in-depth look at the Latino community, numbering about 13 percent of the population in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Students examine the historical and political factors that brought a massive migration of Central Americans to the DC area in the 1980s and bring it forward to the current period when unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Central America who reached the US/Mexico border are being reunited with family members in this region. The violence they fled, their journeys, and the challenges faced locally are explored. Students analyze and research the critical issues that affect Latinos today, such as immigration status, affordable housing, educational access, employment, cultural identity and mental health issues. Through community-based learning (also known as service-learning) with local nonprofit community agencies, students deepen their learning of these issues. A neighborhood visit to Mt Pleasant, guest speakers, interviews with community members, films, and cultural events further bring course content and class readings to life.
(Meets with GOVT 423 003)
AMST-410
Senior Thesis
Prerequisite: AMST-400.
OPEN
001
 
03.00
Cabello,T  
 
 
 
AMST-491
Internship in American Studies
Permission: instructor and program director.
OPEN
001
 
01.00-06.00
Weis,L