Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

American Studies - Courses

AMS 100 Indian Image On Film
American Studies

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AMS 107 Introduction to American Studies
American Studies

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AMS 111 Hip Hop and Social Issues
American Studies

Outlines historical developments that helped formulate today's jazz and rock movements; emphasizes roots and foundations of the forms.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AMS 113 American Lives and Environments: Folklore and Social Groups
American Studies

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AMS 114 American Lives and Environments: Folklore and Social Groups
American Studies

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AMS 128 Afro-Latin Musical Praxis
American Studies

Uses basic musical techniques derived from various Afro-Western traditions.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AMS 161 Natural World Perspective
American Studies

Speaks about ways of life of the North American continent's original peoples, including their history and contemporary issues. Provides a Native American perspective.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AMS 162 New World Imaginations
American Studies

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AMS 167 Cross Cultural Topics
American Studies

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AMS 179 Introduction to Native American History
American Studies

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AMS 197 Seneca Language
American Studies

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.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AMS 198 UB Seminar
American Studies

The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course.



AMS 209 Musics of the World
American Studies

Introduces ethnomusicology; studies musical styles in a variety of cultures.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AMS 210 Musics of the World
American Studies

Introduces ethnomusicology; studies musical styles in a variety of cultures.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AMS 231 Survey of Native American History
American Studies

Focuses on the spiritual side of the Native American; including substance, motivation, and character of the American Indian.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AMS 232 Survey of Native American History
American Studies

Focuses on the spiritual side of the Native American; including substance, motivation, and character of the American Indian.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AMS 272 Native American Literature
American Studies

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AMS 279 Contemporary Problems of American Indians
American Studies

Introduces undergraduate students to some of the current difficulties facing Indigenous peoples in North America.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AMS 281 Native Americans and the Colonist
American Studies

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AMS 285 Natural World Vs. Legal World
American Studies

Examines conflict between the natural world perspective of Native American culture and the legal world perspective of U.S. culture.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AMS 301 Introduction to Native American Women
American Studies

Traces historical periods that affected Indigenous women's lives; emphasizes current laws and policies that have impacted their families and communities. SEM

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AMS 306 Native American Aesthetics
American Studies

Examines traditional and contemporary art methods and techniques by various Indigenous groups in North and South America.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AMS 343 Human Ecology
American Studies

Studies social dimensions of space affecting human distribution and location of social activities; provides theoretical explanations.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AMS 364 Seminar for Majors
American Studies

Utilizes a common reading text and individually assigned textual readings plus occasional reports.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: ENG 105 or ENG 201



AMS 425 Native American Legal Situation
American Studies

Looks at the legal status of Native North Americans in relation to the United States and its governmental predecessors.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AMS 439 Contemporary American Fiction
American Studies

Considers problems in American fiction from a cultural, historical, thematic, and stylistic perspective.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AMS 440 Contemporary American Fiction
American Studies

Considers problems in American fiction from a cultural, historical, thematic, and stylistic perspective.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AMS 457 Problems in American Urban History
American Studies

Studies urban development aspects in the local community and more generally.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AMS 488 Violence and Nonviolence
American Studies

Introduces the theory and practice of nonviolence.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AMS 496 Internship
American Studies

Hands-on experience in the field.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AMS 499 Independent Study
American Studies

Individually designed program of reading, research, or skills development in close association with an instructor.

Credits: 1-16
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: permission of instructor



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