AMST-140
Wash DC: Life in a Monument
CANCELLED
001
 
03.00
Cabello,T  
 
 
W       02:30PM 05:20PM  TBA  TBA    CANCELLED
 
CLOSED
002
 
03.00
Cabello,T  
 
 
W       02:30PM 05:20PM  TBA  TBA    01/17/17 05/09/17
 
AMST-240 FA4
Poverty & Culture
CANCELLED
001
 
03.00
Woods,S  
 
 
MTH     11:20AM 12:35PM  TBA  TBA    CANCELLED
 
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.
OPEN
002
 
03.00
Woods,S  
 
 
MTH     11:20AM 12:35PM  TBA  TBA    01/17/17 05/09/17
 
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.
AMST-320
American Cultural History
CANCELLED
001
U.S. through Foreign Eyes 
03.00
Bell,A  
 
 
W       11:20AM 02:10PM  TBA  TBA    CANCELLED
 
U.S. through Foreign Eyes (3) Since its inception, the United States has been the subject of celebration, inspiration, and condemnation from those living outside its borders. This course uses a wide variety of primary sources to explore how the United States has tried to project itself abroad, as well as how a variety of commentators, e.g., journalists, heads of states, intellectuals, migrants, and minorities in other countries, have responded to the United States at different times.
WAIT-1
002
U.S. Through Foreign Eyes 
03.00
Bell,A  
 
 
W       11:20AM 02:10PM  TBA  TBA    01/17/17 05/09/17
 
U.S. through Foreign Eyes (3) Since its inception, the United States has been the subject of celebration, inspiration, and condemnation from those living outside its borders. This course uses a wide variety of primary sources to explore how the United States has tried to project itself abroad, as well as how a variety of commentators, e.g., journalists, heads of states, intellectuals, migrants, and minorities in other countries, have responded to the United States at different times.
AMST-330
Contemporary American Culture
CANCELLED
001
Politics, TV Series & Ethics 
03.00
Woods,S  
 
 
W       02:30PM 05:20PM  TBA  TBA    CANCELLED
 
Politics, TV Series, and Ethics (3) Political television shows such as The West Wing, House of Cards, and Scandal have garnered critical acclaim and strong ratings, while sparking dialogue at times of low voter turnout and political engagement. This course examines the interplay between politics, ethics, and the media. Topics explored include government corruption, media bias, the politics of race and gender representation, journalistic integrity, and the influence of political series on American popular culture. The course relies on academic texts, online resources, videos, and guest speakers.
CANCELLED
003
Beyonce: Race, Gend, Sexuality 
03.00
Lane,C  
 
 
W       05:30PM 08:00PM  TBA  TBA    CANCELLED
 
Beyonce: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. Pop Culture (3) Since 1990, singer and performer Beyonce has worked to cultivate an iconic status within the American popular imagination. This course uses Beyonce and her body of work--music, lyrics, images, and video--as a set of texts, challenging students to critically engage with issues that these texts present including racial iconicity, pop feminism, black feminism, and representations of black womanhood. Students learn and apply key theories in cultural studies related to race, gender, and sexuality as well as their intersections. Further, students examine black women's representations since the early twentieth century, placing Beyonce within a broader frame of American popular culture and its expectations of black women. Meets with WGSS-350 009.
(Meets with WGSS 350 009)
CLOSED
004
Politics, TV Series & Ethics 
03.00
Woods,S  
 
 
W       02:30PM 05:20PM  TBA  TBA    01/17/17 05/09/17
 
Politics, TV Series, and Ethics (3) Political television shows such as The West Wing, House of Cards, and Scandal have garnered critical acclaim and strong ratings, while sparking dialogue at times of low voter turnout and political engagement. This course examines the interplay between politics, ethics, and the media. Topics explored include government corruption, media bias, the politics of race and gender representation, journalistic integrity, and the influence of political series on American popular culture. The course relies on academic texts, online resources, videos, and guest speakers.
WAIT-1
005
Beyonce: Race, Gend, Sexuality 
03.00
Lane,C  
 
 
W       05:30PM 08:00PM  TBA  TBA    01/17/17 05/09/17
 
Beyonce: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. Pop Culture (3) Since 1990, singer and performer Beyonce has worked to cultivate an iconic status within the American popular imagination. This course uses Beyonce and her body of work--music, lyrics, images, and video--as a set of texts, challenging students to critically engage with issues that these texts present including racial iconicity, pop feminism, black feminism, and representations of black womanhood. Students learn and apply key theories in cultural studies related to race, gender, and sexuality as well as their intersections. Further, students examine black women's representations since the early twentieth century, placing Beyonce within a broader frame of American popular culture and its expectations of black women. Meets with WGSS-350 011.
(Meets with WGSS 350 011)
AMST-340
Commun Activism & Regional Std
CANCELLED
001
Activism and Social Media 
03.00
Woods,S  
 
 
TH      05:30PM 08:00PM  TBA  TBA    CANCELLED
 
Activism and Social Media (3) The growth of social media has dramatically changed how people communicate, collaborate and mobilize, thereby transforming political and social activism. These changes have profoundly impacted American culture, fundraising, lobbying and politics. This course examines the interplay between activism and social media through academic texts, online resources, case studies, videos, guest lectures and field trips. Issues covered include abortion, the economy, the environment, feminism, immigration, military actions and same-sex marriage.
OPEN
002
Black Popular Culture in D.C. 
03.00
Lane,C  
 
 
T       05:30PM 08:00PM  TBA  TBA    01/17/17 05/09/17
 
Black Popular Culture in D.C. (3) In this course, students discuss various American pop culture formations including hip-hop, film, go-go, blues/jazz, speculative fiction, spoken word, sports, crime-fiction, politics, print news, and new digital media as they take shape within Washington, D.C., a city that's been majority Black for much of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The course critically examines the concept of "Blackness," considering how Black people have influenced and engaged with/in American pop culture in the unique context of D.C. Students tangibly engage Black popular culture by exploring the city and its rich, vibrant culture and are challenged to design and implement an interactive interdisciplinary project. Guest speakers including D.C. officials, artists, entrepreneurs, and authors are featured.
WAIT-5
003
Activism and Social Media 
03.00
Woods,S  
 
 
TH      05:30PM 08:00PM  TBA  TBA    01/17/17 05/09/17
 
Activism and Social Media (3) The growth of social media has dramatically changed how people communicate, collaborate and mobilize, thereby transforming political and social activism. These changes have profoundly impacted American culture, fundraising, lobbying and politics. This course examines the interplay between activism and social media through academic texts, online resources, case studies, videos, guest lectures and field trips. Issues covered include abortion, the economy, the environment, feminism, immigration, military actions and same-sex marriage.
AMST-400
Interpreting American Culture
Prerequisite: AMST-200.
CANCELLED
001
 
03.00
Cabello,T  
 
 
W       05:30PM 08:00PM  TBA  TBA    CANCELLED
 
OPEN
002
 
03.00
Cabello,T  
 
 
W       05:30PM 08:00PM  TBA  TBA    01/17/17 05/09/17
 
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
 
03.00
Weis,L  
 
 
 
AMST-496
Selected Topics:Non-Recurring
OPEN
001
Black to the Future 
03.00
Leonard,K  
 
 
TF      12:55PM 02:10PM  TBA  TBA    01/17/17 05/09/17
 
Black to the Future (3) From Sun-Ra to Janelle Monet, Octavia Butler to Percival Everett, African American artists and intellectuals have long been pushing at the expected boundaries of blackness in search of intellectual and social freedom. This course explores how some of the most adventurous of those artists from the late 1960s to the present try to imagine the future of blackness as a way to imagine new social and political possibilities. The focus is on the sci-fi stylings of Afro-Futurism in literary and visual arts, the hyperrealism and satire of Scandal and Blackish, and artistic responses to Black Lives Matter. Through this artistry, the class speculates on what blackness can and should mean in the twenty-first century and beyond. Meets with LIT-481 001 LIT-681 001.
(Meets with LIT 481 001 LIT 681 001)