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Graduate Degree Programs

American Studies (AM ST)

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

AM ST 500 Theory and Methods (3) Introduction to graduate work in American Studies through exploration of the approaches, materials, and interpretations of the field.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

AM ST 502 Problems in American Studies (3-6) A variable-content course, addressed each term to a specific problem, topic, or period in American culture.
Effective: Summer 1970
 

AM ST 510 U.S. Literature and Culture (3) Studies exploring the relationship between literature and culture in American Studies.
Effective: Summer 2007
 

AM ST 511 Pivotal Books (3-9) Exploration of a number of books which have been particularly influential in shaping thinking about American civilization.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

AM ST 520 Topics in Popular Culture (3) A detailed exploration of aspects of American popular culture, including popular culture's relationship to society and scholarship.
Effective: Summer 2007
 

AM ST 530 Topics in American Folklore (3) A detailed exploration of aspects of folklore and folklife in America.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

AM ST 531 Material Culture and Folklife (3) Investigation of American material culture and folklife, including topics such as traditional design, cultural landscape, architecture, art, craft and food.
Effective: Summer 2007
 

AM ST 533 American Civilization in the Eighteenth Century (3-9) Detailed investigation of specific topics in eighteenth-century American civilization.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

AM ST 534 American Civilization in the Nineteenth Century (3-9) Representative interdisciplinary investigation of social, historical, economic, and aesthetic forces predominant in nineteenth-century America.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

AM ST 535 American Civilization in the Twentieth Century (3-9) Detailed investigation of specific periods or topics in twentieth-century American civilization.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

AM ST 536 American Civilization in the Twenty-first Century (3) Detailed investigation of specific topics in twenty-first century American civilization.
Effective: Summer 2007
 

AM ST 540 Ethnography and Society (3) An advanced course on ethnographic theories, methods, and case studies, emphasizing current controversies and new strategies in field work.
Effective: Summer 2007
 

AM ST 550 Seminar in Public Heritage (3) A study of the ways Americans use and understand heritage in public settings.
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: AMSTD 482  

AM ST 551 Seminar in Local and Regional Studies (3) Detailed investigation of local and regional historical themes and topics, emphasizing research methods.
Effective: Summer 2007
 

AM ST 560 Seminar in Race and Ethnicity (3) Studies exploring issues of race and ethnicity in America that can be addressed with theories and methods of American Studies.
Effective: Summer 2007
 

AM ST 561 Seminar in Gender and Culture (3) Thematic study of gender issues in American history and culture.
Effective: Summer 2007
 

AM ST 570 Topics in American Art (1-6) Various themes within the American arts will be explored under this rubric.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

AM ST 575 Museum Internship (3) A supervised museum internship experience featuring a "hands on" introduction into aspects of the curatorial profession.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

AM ST 579 Readings in American Studies (3-9) Directed readings in selected areas of American Studies.
Effective: Fall 2008
Prerequisite: AM ST 500  

AM ST 580 Projects in American Studies (1-6) Independent exploration within American Studies; evidenced by major paper, film, exhibition or specialized examination.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

AM ST 590 Colloquium (1-3) Continuing seminars which consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

AM ST 591 Seminar in American Studies (3) An advanced seminar covering particular themes and issues in American Studies.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: AM ST 500  

AM ST 592 Field Experience in American Studies (3) Field projects and study tours to off-campus sites using American Studies methodologies.
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: AMSTD 500  

AM ST 594 Research Topics (1-15) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

AM ST 595 Internship (1-12) Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction, including field experiences, practicums, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.
Effective: Fall 2008
 

AM ST 596 Individual Studies (1-9) Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Spring 1987
 

AM ST 597 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently; several different topics may be taught in one year or semester.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

AM ST 600 Thesis in American Studies (6) A thesis supervised by the American Studies Program.
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: AMSTD 500  

AM ST 601 Ph.D. Dissertation Full-Time (0) No description.
Effective: Fall 2008
 

AM ST 602 Supervised Experience in College Teaching (1-3 per semester/maximum of 6) Supervised experience in teaching and orientation to other selected aspects of the profession at The Pennsylvania State University.
Effective: Fall 2008
Prerequisite: AM ST 500 and permission of the doctoral program director  

AM ST 610 Thesis Research Off Campus (1-15) No description.
Effective: Fall 2008
 

AM ST 611 Ph.D. Dissertation Part-Time (0) No description.
Effective: Fall 2008
 

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