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Undergraduate Degree Programs

American Studies (AM ST)

AM ST 050 (GH) The Literature and Lore of Mining (3) Experience and values of mining tradition: survey of the literature and lore, including field research.
Effective: Spring 2004
 

AM ST 083S (GH) First-Year Seminar in American Studies (3) Critical approaches to the interdisciplinary study of American culture.
Effective: Summer 1999
 

AM ST 100 (GH;US) Introduction to American Studies (3) A study of selected attempts to identify and interpret movements and patterns in American culture.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: third-semester standing  

AM ST 100Y (GH;US) Introduction to American Studies (3) A study of selected attempts to identify and interpret movements and patterns in American culture.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: third-semester standing  

AM ST 103 (GH;US) American Masculinities (3) Introduction to aspects of masculinities and manhood in America.
Effective: Summer 2008
 

AM ST 104 (GH;US) (WMNST 104) Women and the American Experience (3) Selected aspects of the role of women in United States history and culture from colonial to modern times.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

AM ST 105 (GH;US) (ENGL 105) American Popular Culture and Folklife (3) Survey of popular culture, folklife, and ethnicity, synthesizing material from such areas as literature, media, entertainment, print, music, and film.
Effective: Fall 2008
 

AM ST 106 (GS) (COMM 100) The Mass Media and Society (3) Mass communications in the United States: organization, role, content, and effects of newspapers, magazines, television, radio, books, and films.
Effective: Fall 2013
 

AM ST 135 (GH;US) (ENGL 135) Alternative Voices in American Literature (3) United States writers from diverse backgrounds offering varying responses to issues such as race, class, gender, and ethnicity.
Effective: Fall 2013
 

AM ST 140Y (GH;US) (RL ST 140Y) Religion in American Life and Thought (3) The function, contributions, tensions, and perspectives of religion in American culture.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

AM ST 160 (GH;US) (AAS 100) Introduction to Asian American Studies (3) An introduction to the history, literature, and culture of Asian America.
Effective: Fall 2013
 

AM ST 160U (GH;US) Introduction to Asian American Studies (3) An introduction to the history, literature, and culture of Asian America.
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014 Future: Fall 2014
 

AM ST 196 (GH;US) (ENGL 196, AMSTD 196) Introduction to American Folklore (3) A basic introduction to verbal and non-verbal folklore stressing the basic procedures of collection, classification, and analysis.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

AM ST 197 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Spring 1995
 

AM ST 199 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

AM ST 294 Research Project (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Summer 1994
 

AM ST 295 Internship (1-18) Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: prior approval of proposed assignment by instructor  

AM ST 296 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

AM ST 297 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

AM ST 297A (INART 297A) Hip Hop Culture and Music (3) Hip hop is an aspect of modern African-American music that combines music styles with dance elements, popular poetry and literature, graffiti art and other expression elements into a popular culture movement. The course is designed to expose students to the development of Hip hops distinctive cultural elements. These elements include urban neighborhood street music, popular oral poetry, dance, and graffiti, all unifying under the common theme of protest against injustice. The course will also cover the social transmission of Hip hop.
Effective: Spring 2014 Ending: Spring 2014
 

AM ST 299 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

AM ST 301 (GH) American Civilization (3) An interdisciplinary overview of major themes, works, and events, in American history and culture.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: HIST 020 orHIST 021 or 3 credits in American Studies  

AM ST 302 Approaches to American Studies (3) A survey of the American Studies movement and its scholarship, emphasizing changes in theories, methods, and topics.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: AMSTD major or permission of program  

AM ST 307 (GA;US) (ART H 307) American Art (3) History of art in the English colonies and the United States from the seventeenth century to the present.
Effective: Spring 2008
 

AM ST 308 (GA;US) (ART H 308) American Architecture (3) History of the architecture of the United States, as well as its Native American and colonial antecedents.
Effective: Summer 2013
 

AM ST 320 Pennsylvania Studies (3) Study of selected topics on the history, society, and culture of Pennsylvania (May be repeated for credit).
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: HIST 012 or 3 credits of American Studies  

AM ST 321 (US) American Indian Studies (3 per semester, maximum of 99) A study of American Indian history, societies and cultures (may be repeated for credit).
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 3 credits of American Studies or ANTH 146 or HIST 153  

AM ST 322 (US) Ethnic America (3) A study of the sources, contributions, and conflicts of ethnic groups in the American experience.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 3 credits of American Studies or HIST 158 or SOC 119.  

AM ST 324 Popular Culture (3) An examination of mass media and society and the impact of popular culture.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: AM ST 105 or 3 credits of American Studies  

AM ST 325 (PUBPL 325) American Political Culture (3) Study of political culture in the United States.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 3 credits of American Studies Political Science Public Policy or Sociology  

AM ST 363 American Music (3) A survey of all styles and types of American music from 1620 to the present.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 3 credits of AMSTD and MUSIC  

AM ST 399 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

AM ST 400 Early America to 1765 (3) American society and culture in the colonial period.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits in American Studies or History  

AM ST 401 Revolution and Early Republic, 1765-1815 (3) American society and culture during the period of the Revolution and the Early Republic.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits of American Studies or History or 5th semester standing  

AM ST 402 Antebellum and Civil War Era, 1815-1876 (3) Social and cultural conditions, sectional rivalry, political crises, warfare, and Reconstruction from 1815 to 1876.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits in American Studies or History  

AM ST 404 Industrial America (3) An analysis of American politics, literature, society, and economics from the 1870s to World War II.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits of American Studies or History  

AM ST 405 Cold War (3) Examination of social and cultural currents in American life from World War II to 1990.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits of American Studies or History  

AM ST 406 Contemporary America (3) A study of the historic and cultural currents of life in the United States during the recent past.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: HIST 021 or 6 credits of American Studies  

AM ST 412 American Eras (3) Examination in depth of various and distinctive American time periods; subtitle expresses specific content. (May be repeated for credit.)
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits of American Studies or History  

AM ST 417 American Beliefs and Myths (3) A study of symbols, beliefs, and myths in the American experience; subtitles express specific content. (May be repeated for credit.)
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits of American Studies  

AM ST 421 (PHIL 401) American Philosophy (3) Survey of key figures and movements in American thought, including the Transcendentalists, the Pragmatists, and contemporary developments.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 9 credits of philosophy or 6 credits of philosophy at the 200-level or 5th semester standing  

AM ST 422 (RL ST 422) Religion and American Culture (3 per semester, maximum of 6) Selected topics, problems, or historical movements in American religion; relation between religion and American culture.
Effective: Summer 1996
 

AM ST 430 (US) (WOMST 430) Women in American Society (3) A historical study of women's roles and experiences in the United States.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits of American Studies Sociology or Women's Studies  

AM ST 431 National Character (3) An examination of the characteristics of the American people and other national groups.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: AM ST 301 or 6 credits in American Studies  

AM ST 432 Ethnicity and the American Experience (3) Theoretical and conceptual framework of ethnic studies: examination of specific issues related to major American ethnic and racial groups.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

AM ST 435 Americans at Work (3) A study of occupational and organizational cultures in America.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits in American Studies or Labor and Industrial Relations or Sociology  

AM ST 439 American Regional Cultures (3-6) An interdisciplinary study of the culture of a region of the United States, such as the south or the west.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: seventh-semester standing  

AM ST 441 (US) (KINES 441) History of Sport in American Society (3) Background, establishment, and growth of sport in America from colonial times to the present.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: KINES 141 or 3 credits of United States history  

AM ST 447 (US) (HIST 447) Recent American History (3) Contemporary economic, social, and political aspects of the United States and its role as a world power since 1945.
Effective: Spring 2014
Prerequisite: HIST 021 3 additional credits in history economics or political science  

AM ST 448 (ANTH 448) Ethnography of the United States (3) Ethnographic descriptions of various dimensions of life in the United States.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: ANTH 045  

AM ST 451 (COMM 451) Topics in American Film (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Critical and historical studies of American films. Analysis of directing, cinematography, editing, screenwriting, and acting.
Effective: Fall 2013
Prerequisite: COMM 250  

AM ST 462 American Art and Architecture of the 20th Century (3) A survey of American painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and architecture of the twentieth century.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

AM ST 472 (ENGL 434) Topics in American Literature (3) Focused study of a particular genre, theme, or problem in American literature. (May be repeated for credit.)
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits of ENGL ENLSH or LIT  

AM ST 475 (US) (ENGL 431) Black American Writers (3 per semester, maximum of 6) A particular genre or historical period in the development of Black American literature.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: ENGL 015 orENGL 030  

AM ST 476 (ENGL 492, WMNST 491) American Women Writers (3) A study of selected American women writers.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: 6 credits of ENGL  

AM ST 479 American Expressive Forms (3) Examination in depth of various and distinctive American expressive forms; subtitle expresses specific content. (May be repeated for credit.)
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits in American Studies  

AM ST 480 Museum Studies (3) An introduction to the basic purposes, philosophies, and functions of a museum, with emphasis on the problems of museum administration. (May be repeated for credit.)
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits in American Studies  

AM ST 481 Historic Preservation (3) A study of preservation practices and programs in America.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits in American Studies  

AM ST 482 Public Heritage (3) A study of public heritage practices and programs in America. (May be repeated for credit.)
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits in American Studies  

AM ST 483 Oral History (3) A study of oral history techniques and issues in America.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits in American Studies  

AM ST 491W American Themes, American Eras (3-6) Interdisciplinary American culture course on major themes and eras such as the American Revolutionary Era or the 1930s.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: seventh-semester standing  

AM ST 493 (ENGL 493) The Folktale in American Literature (3) A survey of the literary uses of the folktale and legendary materials, with particular concentration on the literature of America.
Effective: Spring 1986
Prerequisite: ENGL 015 orENGL 030  

AM ST 494 Research Project (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Summer 1994
 

AM ST 494H Research Project (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

AM ST 495 Internship (1-6) Supervised internship for undergraduate or graduate American Studies majors at a museum or another cultural, historical, or arts agency.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: senior-level status for undergraduate students; 18 credits of course work in major for graduate students; approval of program required  

AM ST 496 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

AM ST 497 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

AM ST 497H The Rhetoric of Writing Local History (3) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Spring 2014 Ending: Spring 2014
 

AM ST 499 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

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