Fall 2017 courses


AMST:1010 Understanding American Cultures How American politics, culture, and society have historically been shaped by certain ideas and ideals, as revealed in paintings, fiction, photographs, cartoons, films, television shows, and popular songs. INSTRUCTOR: LAURA RIGAL

AMST:1030 Introduction to African American Culture An interdisciplinary look at Black culture in the United States through significant contributions of the humanities (music, art, literature, drama, philosophy) to development of Black culture. INSTRUCTOR: DAMANI PHILLIPS

AMST:1049 Introduction to American Indian and Native Studies Through film, art, music, and comedy, students will explore the past, present, and future of American Indians in the United States and beyond. INSTRUCTOR: STEPHEN WARREN

AMST:1075:EXW American Popular Music begins with music's roots in the fifties and examines the genre and its connections to the larger American society until 1980. (online course) INSTRUCTOR: STEVEN HOROWITZ

AMST:1076:EXW Rock and Roll 1980 to the Present From the beginning, rock and roll subcultures have deliberately challenged and changed the values, attitudes, and behaviors of the mainstream (as well as the music itself). Using music as a lens, students examine the nation's social history from 1980 to the present. (online course) INSTRUCTOR: STEVEN HOROWITZ

AMST:1080:EXW American Political Humor If you want to know what Americans really think about their leaders and their form of government, don’t look to polls and pundits for the answers—look at what makes them laugh. (online course) INSTRUCTOR: RUSSELL PETERSON

AMST:2000  Introduction to American Studies Introduction to the field of American Studies; practice-oriented approach to learning about America through historic and contemporary sources such as autobiography, literature, photography, painting, mourning rituals, youth cultures, film, music, and fashion. INSTRUCTOR: DEBORAH WHALEY

AMST:2050 The American Vacation  Explore Yellowstone, Niagara Falls, Coney Island, Disney World, and Okoboji and compare your family’s experiences with accounts by Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Colson Whitehead and others.  Instructor: Susan Birrell

AMST:2052 Fairs and Amusement Parks From Disneyland to Coney Island to numerous American world's fairs, how these special sites instill and reflect American values.   INSTRUCTOR: LAUREN RABINOVITZ

AMST:2400 The Guitar in American Culture How did the guitar evolve from a Victorian parlor instrument into an icon of youth rebellion, counter-cultural protest, and masculinity?  And how did it usher in new musical genres from blues and jazz to rock and heavy metal? INSTRUCTOR: NICK YABLON

AMST:3130 Black American Cinema Examines historical developments in early Hollywood cinema (1900-60), The French New Wave and Black independent cinema movement (1960s-1970s), the Blaxploitation era (1970s), Spike Lee & the commerce of culture (1980s), Women’s Centered Films (1990s), Hip-hop and urban cinema (1990s to present). INSTRUCTOR: DEBORAH WHALEY

AMST:6050 Seminar: Topics in American Studies: Empire of Time This seminar seeks to correct a spatial bias in critical and social theory (and the humanities and social sciences more generally) by turning to the question of time. INSTRUCTOR: Nick Yablon


SPST:1074 Inequality in American Sport  Sport is often thought of as a central unifying feature of American life, but do all Americans have the same opportunities, experiences, or opinions about it? INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Sterling

SPST:2078 Women, Sport and Culture  Women are more engaged in sport now than ever before. What is it like to be a woman athlete today? What barriers and opportunities exist for women in sport? INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Sterling

SPST:2079 Race and Ethnicity in Sport  Jackie Robinson “broke the color barrier” in 1947. Is sport now an equal opportunity activity? How does sport reflect or challenge our assumptions about race and ethnicity? Should
athletes protest racism on the playing field? INSTRUCTOR: Christopher Henderson

SPST:2081 Theory and Ethics of Coaching The actions of a coach affect players’ lives both on and off the field. How can a coach best prepare to be a role model as well a strategist?  INSTRUCTOR: Carol Girdler

SPST:2084 Sport and Film  What do films like Rocky, Field of Dreams, A League of their Own, and Remember the Titans tell us about the meaning and importance of sport in our society? INSTRUCTOR: Susan Birrell

SPST:3170 Globalization and Sport From the NBA’s expansion to sport for development and peace, explore how sporting practices, people, products, spectacles, and spaces are part of global economic, political, and cultural flows. INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Sterling

SPST:3171 Baseball in America Explore the political, economic, and cultural forces that account for the rise of professional baseball and its relationships to the Negro League, the All-American Girls, and international minor league
structures. INSTRUCTOR: Thomas Oates

SPST:3175 Sport and the Media How did media companies come to cover sport? How does the complex web of relationships between sport and media shape media corporations, commercialized sports organizations, and cultural struggles over race, class, gender, and sexuality, as they play out through sport? INSTRUCTOR: Travis Vogan

SPST:3177 Sport in the Western World Examine sport in selected periods and places from the Ancient Greeks to the founding of the modern Olympic movement. INSTRUCTOR: Tina Parratt

SPST:3178 American Sport to 1900 By 1900, sport had become an important part of American culture. Examine 300 years of history underlying this, with particular focus on the varying sporting opportunities and experiences of diverse peoples of the US. INSTRUCTOR: Tina Parratt

SPST:3080 Classics of Sport Journalism Explore some of the most celebrated and enduring works of sport journalism and consider how and why certain examples come to be designated as “classics.” INSTRUCTOR: Thomas Oates

SPST:3182 Sport, Scandals and Strategic Communication Investigate sport scandals—from Tiger Woods to Lance Armstrong to Penn State—to explore why we celebrate sports figures, how we judge them when they let us down, and what it takes for them to be forgiven. INSTRUCTOR: Travis Vogan

SPST:3911 Sport since 9/11 Sport was deployed almost immediately after 9/11 as a site for national healing. How has sport—and the US—changed since 9/11? INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Sterling