AMS - American Studies

AMS 201 Introduction to American Studies

Course Description: This team-taught course will serve as an overview of American Studies, a discipline that focuses on the interdisciplinary exploration of American culture, history, and identity. In this course, students will read and write about a variety of texts, focusing on the intersections between disciplines that serve to illuminate ideas about American narratives, dreams, and realities.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

6 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Minimum Grade of D

AMS 202 Introduction to American Studies

Satisfies 6 credits of the American Studies major.

Course Description: This team-taught course will serve as an overview of American Studies, a discipline that focuses on the interdisciplinary exploration of American culture, history, and identity. In this course, students will read and write about a variety of texts, focusing on the intersections between disciplines that serve to illuminate ideas about American narratives, dreams, and realities.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

6 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-Requisite of ENG 120 ( Course : ENG 120 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENG 120A to 120Z. Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENGA 120 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENG 120AA to 120ZZ. Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENGA 120D . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENGB 120 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENGB 120D . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENGC 120 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENGD 120 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENGE 120 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENGF 120 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENGG 120 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENGH 120 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENGM 120 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENGN 120 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENGO 120 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENGP 120 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENGQ 120 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENGQ 120C . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENGR 120 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENGS 120 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : ENG 102 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or (Course : INT 197T . Minimum Grade of D. ) or ( Test: English Placement 120 to 999) or ( Test: English Placement 201 to 999)

AMS 296A Topic: Public Cultures: Museum Studies

Course Description: This course spotlights exciting changes in the 21st century museum, drawing on the unique and changing resources in New York City. This course asks how we shape the past through museums and how we shape public space and public memory (for example, Ground Zero). The course looks closely at NYC institutions, and students will visit many of the institutions considered: the National Museum of the American Indian, Ground Zero, the Brooklyn Museum, Ellis Island, among others.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

AMS 296B Topic: Public Cultures: Urban Cultural Life and the Downtown Culture Explosion

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II (Western Heritage) or Area of Knowledge IV (Humanistic and Creative Expression).

Course Description: From the late 1960’s to the 1990s, Downtown New York became and artistic community that nurtured punk, art, fashion, film and literature. A rollicking collection of artistic cadres flaunted edgy urban lifestyles and wove their cultural creations into a texture of customs firmly rooted in urban space. These mavericks defined the Villages and Soho as a riposte to mainstream career paths and suburban norms. This course explores the roots of this cultural explosion, situating specific works and personalities in the historical context and particular geography of Downtown New York. Course work will include research in the important archives of the Downtown New York Collection at the Fales Library, fieldwork and observation, and assignments integrating analysis across genres and media.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

AMS 395 Independent Study in American Studies

3 credits

AMS 396 Internship in American Studies

Course Description: An internship is an assignment to a business, corporation, public agency, school, or other organization that provides on-the-job and pre-professional experience. Internships may be full-time or part-time and generally last for one semester. Students also participate in a seminar.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall

3 credits

AMS 399 Seminar in American Studies

Course Description: This seminar in American Studies is required for majors, who may complete it in their junior or senior year. Students prepare a thesis, which must be submitted to the American Studies program before graduation.

Course Rotation: NY

3 credits

AMS 499 Senior Year Experience: American Studies Capstone

Prerequisite: Permission from the Program Director of American Studies required.

Course Description: This course is designed to serve as a capstone for American Studies majors to assist students in writing their thesis for the program.

3 credits

Prerequisites

AMS 201 Minimum Grade of D and AMS 202 Minimum Grade of D