American Studies : Courses

AMS 100 Indian Image on Film

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Discusses the fabricated image of Native Americans in American film history, the media process that perpetuates such images, and the resulting stereotypes; also covers the relationship to social movements and alternatives for overcoming stereotypes.

AMS 107 Introduction to American Studies

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces students to a variety of approaches that have been developed in American studies to assist understandings of how different people participate in this society and in the world. Also considers how experiences continue to shape present thinking and future possibilities.

AMS 111 Contemporary Popular Music

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Outlines historical developments that helped formulate today's jazz and rock movements; emphasizes roots and foundations of the forms.

AMS 113 American Lives and Environments: Folklore and Social Groups

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines patterned stories, sayings, designs, and ways of living that have been created and are continuously being recreated by groups of people; also investigates historical and social meanings of folklore.

AMS 114 American Lives and Environments: Folklore and Social Groups

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines patterned stories, sayings, designs, and ways of living that have been created and are continuously being recreated by groups of people; also investigates historical and social meanings of folklore.

AMS 128 Afro-Latin Musical Praxis

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Uses basic musical techniques derived from various Afro-Western traditions.

AMS 161 Natural World Perspective

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Speaks about ways of life of the North American continent's original peoples, including their history and contemporary issues. Provides a Native American perspective.

AMS 162 New World Imaginations

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies the connection with all forms of life in evolutionary development and ecological processes. Also examines ecstatic experiences; social life before the domestication of plants, animals, and each other; and utopian thinking.

AMS 167 Cross Cultural Topics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Provides a special concentration in Native American, African / African American, and American history. Utilizes an interdisciplinary and cross cultural approach to better understand oppression and the creation/maintenance of hegemony in the Americas.

AMS 179 Introduction to Native American History

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces the lives, histories, cultures, and characters of Native American peoples of North America. Focuses on cultural assumptions and native visions of the land, the environment, and the spirit life.

AMS 197 Seneca Language

Credits: 4
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Seneca is an unwritten language. The course presents the basic Seneca vocabulary for numerals, foods, geological features, the classification of society, and the classification of nature, and works up to reading myths and legends.

AMS 198 Language of the Seneca I

Credits: 4
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introductory course; concentrates on the Seneca language by reciting some Iroquoian speeches.

AMS 209 Musics of the World

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces ethnomusicology; studies musical styles in a variety of cultures.

AMS 210 Musics of the World

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces ethnomusicology; studies musical styles in a variety of cultures.

AMS 231 Survey of Native American History

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Focuses on the spiritual side of the Native American; including substance, motivation, and character of the American Indian.

AMS 232 Survey of Native American History

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Focuses on the spiritual side of the Native American; including substance, motivation, and character of the American Indian.

AMS 272 Native American Literature

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines perspectives and philosophies of Native American writers. Provides insight into why the American Indian has a unique perspective on caring for what happens to the Earth.

AMS 279 Contemporary Problems of American Indians

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces undergraduate students to some of the current difficulties facing Indigenous peoples in North America.

AMS 281 Native Americans and the Colonist

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines cultural interactions and values in collision during the major phase of the colonization of the Americas. Reviews contemporary texts in Native American history and culture in a seminar setting.

AMS 285 Natural World Vs. Legal World

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines conflict between the natural world perspective of Native American culture and the legal world perspective of U.S. culture.

AMS 301 Introduction to Indigenous Women

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Traces historical periods that affected Indigenous women's lives; emphasizes current laws and policies that have impacted their families and communities. SEM

AMS 306 Native American Aesthetics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines traditional and contemporary art methods and techniques by various Indigenous groups in North and South America.

AMS 343 Human Ecology

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies social dimensions of space affecting human distribution and location of social activities; provides theoretical explanations.

AMS 364 Seminar for Majors

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Utilizes a common reading text and individually assigned textual readings plus occasional reports.

AMS 425 Native American Legal Situation

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Looks at the legal status of Native North Americans in relation to the United States and its governmental predecessors.

AMS 439 Contemporary American Fiction

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Considers problems in American fiction from a cultural, historical, thematic, and stylistic perspective.

AMS 440 Contemporary American Fiction

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Considers problems in American fiction from a cultural, historical, thematic, and stylistic perspective.

AMS 457 Problems in American Urban History

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies urban development aspects in the local community and more generally.

AMS 488 Violence and Nonviolence

Credits: 1
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: REC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces the theory and practice of nonviolence.

AMS 499 Independent Study

Credits: 1 - 16
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisite: permission of instructor
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Individually designed program of reading, research, or skills development in close association with an instructor.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:09 EST