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AMERICAN STUDIES

AMST-296 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6) Topics vary by section. Repeatable for credit with different topic.

AMST-296-001
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Asian American Experiences
Asian American Experiences (3) This course introduces the interdisciplinary studies and conceptual ideas in Asian American studies. Students survey the various dimensions of Asian American experiences including social images, status and positionality, languages, immigration law, history, literature, and arts. Students gain an understanding of the current multicultural society experiencing unique features of Asian Americans' life and cultures. Meets with ASIA-296 002.
AMST-296-001
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: American Migration in Song
American Migration in Song (1) Migration from farms to cities and from one region to another has been a constant theme of American history and culture. But there has perhaps been no better way to capture the range of emotions, the psychological states and the pressures that millions faced in leaving their homes for the not-so-bright lights of America's big cities and for other regions than through song. Through music, this course and discussion about migration reaches beyond the words "origin" and "destination" and the idea that migration has merely been a physical manifestation of a difficult and seemingly unending cultural and spiritual journey in the United States. The course considers Black, White, and Native American domestic migrations as well as the parallel journeys of those of the African or Afro-Caribbean diaspora and those from Latin America and Asia.
AMST-296-002
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Reading James Baldwin
Reading James Baldwin: Text and Context (1) The life and work of author, activist, and critic James Baldwin arose at a moment of great civil unrest and change in America, and tackles issues of race, class, sexuality, and citizenship. Baldwin had a profound influence on the civil rights movement and continues to impact contemporary activism and movements like Black Lives Matters. Students in this course read some of Baldwin's most influential prose and examine the mid-twentieth century moment from which Baldwin hailed.