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American Studies

College of Liberal Arts

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American Studies - Courses

UPPER DIVISION

300. Introduction to American Studies (3)

Interdisciplinary approaches to study of American civilization from colonial period through twentieth century. Significant issues and problems in American life examined from perspectives of several disciplines.

350I. California Culture (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation; upper division status Interdisciplinary examination of the culture of California.
Interdisciplinary examination of California culture. Emphasis on how California’s history, politics, environment, social movements, art, and literature produce a contested and always changing culture.

351. Celebrity in American Culture (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation; Upper-division status
Interdisciplinary examination of the changing meanings of fame in American society, addressing the production, consumption and cultural work of celebrity.

360. Explorations in American Popular Culture (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation; Upper-division status.
Examines broad terrain of American popular culture from multiple disciplinary perspectives, interrogating both the form and content of cultural production and reception in the past and present.
Not open for credit to students with credit in AMST 200.

421. Animals in American Culture (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation; Upper-division status
Interdisciplinary examination of the role of non-human animals in making cultural meaning. Traces the many ways in which animals, not just humans, have shaped American history and culture.

498. Senior Seminar in American Studies

Prerequisites: Completion of Amst 300 and 18 units of upper-division work in American Studies or affiliated fields.
Capstone research course for American Studies majors.
Letter grade only (A-F).