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American Studies

College of Liberal Arts

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American Studies - Courses

Courses (AMST)

Foundation Courses must be completed prior to taking any upper division course except language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.


200. Explorations in American Popular Culture (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Examines broad terrain of American popular culture from multiple disciplinary perspectives, interrogating both the form and content of cultural production and reception in the past and present.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics in different semesters.


300. Introduction to American Studies (3)
Interdisciplinary approaches to study of American civilization from colonial period through twentieth century. Significant issues and problems in American life examined from perspectives of several disciplines.

350I. California Culture (3)
Prerequisites: GE Foundation; upper division status Interdisciplinary examination of the culture of California.
Interdisciplinary examination of California culture. Emphasis on how California’s history, politics, environment, social movements, art, and literature produce a contested and always changing culture.