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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.

310. Foodways in Contemporary America (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation Courses
Examines the production and consumption of food in the U.S. after 1945, comparatively exploring issues of race, class, gender, and inter-ethnic relations. Themes include food as "Americanization," "authentic" cuisine, politics of sustainability, and social justice in the food industry.
Letter grade only (A-F).

350. California Culture (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement requirement; upper-division standing.
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.

351. Celebrity in American Culture (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement; upper-division standing
Interdisciplinary examination of the changing meanings of fame in American society, addressing the production, consumption and cultural work of celebrity.

360. Explorations in American Popular Culture (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement; upper-division standing.
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.
Not open for credit to students with credit in AMST 200.

421. Animals in American Culture (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement; upper-division standing
Interdisciplinary examination of the role of non-human animals in making cultural meaning. Traces the many ways in which animals, not just humans, have shaped American history and culture.

495. Selected Topics in American Studies (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation; upper-division status.
Topics of current interest in American Studies selected for intensive development.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics in different semesters. Topics announced in Schedule of Classes.

498. Senior Seminar in American Studies (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of AMST 300 and 18 units of upper-division work in American Studies or affiliated fields.
Capstone research course for American Studies majors
Letter grade only (A-F).

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