American Studies (AMST)
The minimum required grade for prerequisites is a grade of C (not C-) or better.
Sophomore standing or consent is required for all 300-level courses except as noted.
AMST 110 Introduction to American Studies (3) Introduction to different types of college-level writing through analyses of contemporary American culture and to the main themes and approaches used in American studies and the humanities. DH
AMST 150 America and the World (3) Examines America's role in world history and the influence of world affairs on U.S. culture and society. Focuses on U.S. interdependence with African, European, Native American, Asian, and Polynesian civilizations, from 1492 to present. FGB
AMST 201 American Experience: Institutions and Movements (3) Interdisciplinary course that examines diversity and changes in American values and institutions–political, economic, legal, and social. DH
AMST 202 American Experience: Culture and the Arts (3) Interdisciplinary course that examines diversity and changes in American values and culture–literature, film, visual arts, and architecture. DH
AMST 211 Contemporary American Domestic Issues (3) Interdisciplinary exploration of such current American domestic issues; topics such as politics, economics, civil rights, family life, the justice system, and the environment. DS
AMST 212 Contemporary American Global Issues (3) Interdisciplinary exploration of such current global issues as international diplomacy, economic development, national security, demographic change, and environmental protection. DS
AMST 220 Introduction to Indigenous Studies (3) Interdisciplinary survey that examines the histories, politics, popular representations, self-representations, and contemporary issues of the indigenous peoples of the U.S. and its territories, including Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Kanaka Maoli, Chamorro, and Samoans. DH
AMST 301 Hip-Hop and American Culture (3) Survey tracing hip-hop from its Afro-Carribean musical beginnings to contemporary adaptations and interpretations. Students will analyze various materials and will pay attention to the relationships between hip-hop and contemporary social forms. Pre: sophomore standing or consent. DH
AMST 310 Japanese Americans: History, Culture, Lifestyles (3) Explores the experiences of Japanese Americans in Hawai'i and the U.S. at large: historical and cultural heritage, biographical portraits, changing family ties, ethnic lifeways, gender relations, local identity, and the future of island living. DH
AMST 313 African Americans: Issues, Culture, History (3) Traces the history and culture of African Americans and outlines contemporary issues. Topics include: slavery and racism, community formation and resistance, cultural expression, African American diversity, civil rights, gender and class relations. DH
AMST 316 U.S. Women's History (3) History of U.S. women and gender relations. Topics include women's work in and outside the household, women's involvement in social movements, changing norms about gender and sexuality, and shared and divergent experiences among women. (Cross-listed as HIST 361 and WS 311) DH
AMST 317 American Popular Music and Culture (3) Analysis of a variety of American musical genres and histories through focused writing assignments (record and performance reviews, personal narratives, interviews, research proposals, research papers). Pre: second year standing or consent. (Alt. years) DH
AMST 318 Asian America (3) History of selected Asian immigrant groups from the 19th century to the present. Topics include: immigration and labor history, Asian American movements, literature and cultural productions, community adaptations and identity formation. (Cross-listed as ES 318) DH
AMST 319 America, Hawai'i and World War II (3) Examines WWII as a watershed in American and Hawai'i history and culture. Topics include: Pearl Harbor, Japanese American internment, sex and racial tensions, Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, and the dawn of the Atomic Age. DH
AMST 320 American Environments: Survey (3) Survey of social, political, and cultural relations in diverse, contemporary American environments, including: island societies, urban centers, suburbs, Indian reservations, farming communities, and national parks. Special emphasis on contemporary environmental issues in Hawai'i. DS
AMST 325 Religion and Law in the U.S. (3) Surveys church-state jurisprudence since the 1940s, with special attention to difficulty of defining religion, and applies the religion clauses to current issues. A-F only. Pre: sophomore or higher standing, or consent. (Once a year) (Cross-listed as POLS 325) DH
AMST 326 American Folklore and Folklife (3) Examination of the history and ethics of folklore studies and the dynamics and social functions of traditional culture in diverse communities through topics such as ritual, storytelling, games, gossip, belief, music, and cultural tourism. Junior standing or higher. (Cross-listed as ANTH 326) DH
AMST 334 Digital America: Online Communities and Virtual Worlds (3) Seminar on the impact of the digital revolution and virtual communities on American culture and society, with an emphasis on questions of identity and participatory democracy. Open to nonmajors. Pre: one DH, DA, or DL course, sophomore standing, or consent. DH
AMST 339 Religions in America (3) Examination of American religious traditions, both historical and contemporary, with an emphasis on the principles of religious liberty, non-establishment, and pluralism. Pre: sophomore standing or consent. DH
AMST 340 War and Media (3) Examination of a range of media, including photography, film, print journalism, television, video games, and the internet, as they have shaped popular representations and experiences of war in America from the Civil War through the present. A-F only. (Alt. years) DH
AMST 343 American Thought and Culture (3) Politics, family, philosophy, technology, etc.; their interrelationship with the total society. Pre-Colonial to end of Reconstruction. Pre: 150 or 201 or 202 or 211 or 212 or HIST 151 or HIST 152; or consent. (Cross-listed as HIST 373) DH
AMST 344 American Thought and Culture (3) Continuation of 343: 20th century. Pre: 150 or 201 or 202 or 211 or 212 or HIST 151 or HIST 152; or consent. (Cross-listed as HIST 374) DH
AMST 349 Contemporary American Design (3) Investigates design in contemporary American culture. Graphic, industrial, urban, and user-interface design practices are situated within broader social and economic forces. Modes of design practice, production, and consumption studied as reflection of American society today. A-F only. (Alt. years) DH
AMST 350 Culture and Art in America: Survey (3) Popular attitudes toward arts, travel, fashions, craft and industrial productions, recreation. Past used to explain the present. DH
AMST 352 Screening Asian Americans (3) Survey of Asian and Asian American representations in American film and television from the silent era to the present, with an emphasis on Orientalism and multiculturalism, as well as performance and spectatorship. ACM majors: A-F only. Pre: junior standing or consent. (Cross-listed as ACM 352) DH
AMST 353 Indigenous Lands and Waters (3) Examines indigenous practices born of and located in Indigenous places. Analyzes how indigenous knowledge of place informs Indigenous cultural, linguistic, intellectual, and political survivance and sovereignty, and resistance. DH
AMST 354 American Travel Writing (3) Survey examines the roles that travel writing plays in American identity- and nation-formation, from early colonial history to the present. A-F only. Pre: 110, 150, 201, 202, 211, or 212. (Alt. years) DH
AMST 360 American Cinema (3) Introductory history of American cinema from the silent to the digital era, with an emphasis on criticism, genre and style, as well as cultural and sociopolitical context. DH
AMST 365 American Empire (3) Examines the interplay between an "American culture of empire" and the rise of the U.S. as a superpower. Topics: imperialism and political culture, social movements and international affairs, race, gender and class relations. (Cross-listed as HIST 379) DH
AMST 373 Filipino Americans: History, Culture and Politics (3) An introduction to the study of Filipino Americans in the U.S. and the diaspora. The course pays special attention to labor migration, cultural production and community politics. Pre: sophomore standing. (Cross-listed as ES 373) DS
AMST 381 Junior Seminar (3) Materials and methods for the study of American life and thought. For American studies majors and minors only. DH
AMST 382 Junior Seminar (3) Continuation of 381. For American studies majors and minors only. DH
Junior standing or consent required for all 400-level courses.
AMST 401 Filipino Americans: Research Topics (3) A research seminar on the study of Filipino Americans. Special themes in film/video/media, the performing arts, or literature may be offered. Pre: junior standing or consent. (Cross-listed as ES 443)
AMST 405 Native Literatures and Cultures (3) Interdisciplinary, comparative course examining native literary texts (novels, short fiction, poetry), films, etc. that address issues of representation and how native peoples actively resist colonial ideology. DH
AMST 410 Asian American Music Cultures (3) An exploration of how Asian American music making is related to community formation, labor migration, and cultural sensibilities throughout the 20th century. DH
AMST 411 Japanese Americans: Research Topics (3) Research and thematic seminar on Japanese American culture, issues, and history. Pre: junior standing or consent. DH
AMST 413 Regionalism: The South (3) Definition of a Southern identity and its relation to the larger U.S. culture, using literary and polemical works of 19th- and 20th-century. DH
AMST 418 Hawai'i's Multiculturalism (3) A multidisciplinary examination of the dynamics of the Hawaiian Islands' racial and cultural diversity from the perspectives of historical trends, social processes, and contemporary political, social, and economic issues as they impact interracial relations. DS
AMST 420 American Ideas of Nature (3) The natural world in American thought from Native Americans to modern ecologists. DH
AMST 423 History of American Architecture (3) History of American architecture in terms of style, techniques, and symbolic meaning. (Cross-listed as ARCH 473) DH
AMST 425 American Environmental History (3) Survey history of the complex relations between American societies and diverse U.S. ecosystems, from European contact and colonization to the present. (Cross-listed as HIST 480) DH
AMST 431 History of American Workers (3) Conditions of labor in major phases of American development; response of labor and community to changing work environment. Capitalism, unionism, race, gender, law, etc. Emphasis on 20th century. (Cross-listed as HIST 477) DH
AMST 432 Slavery and Freedom (3) Examines the history of slavery, race, and abolition in the Americas from a comparative, global perspective, and traces the legacy of slavery in the post-emancipation societies of the New World. (Cross-listed as HIST 473) DH
AMST 433 Islands, Empires, and the Arts (3) Histories of colonialism, neocolonialism, and cultures of resistance in literature, film, and arts of the Caribbean and American diaspora. Role of arts in political dissent; historical memory; nation building; construction of race, class, gender. Junior standing or higher. A-F only. (Spring only) DH
AMST 434 Politics in Hawai'i (3) Discussion of modern politics against the background of recent history and major contemporary issues. DS
AMST 435 History of Crime and Punishment (3) History of American crime and punishment from 18th century to the present. Topics: changing crime patterns, evolving punishment methods, penal reform movements, convict resistance, growth of prison industrial complex, racism, class, and gender. Repeatable one time. Pre: junior standing or consent. DS
AMST 436 Gender, Justice and Law (3) Exploration of landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases related to sex and gender. Topics may include sex discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, privacy, and reproductive freedom. A-F only. Pre: one of WS 151, WS 175, WS 176, WS 202, WS 360, WS 381, or consent. (Cross-listed as POLS 436 and WS 436) DS
AMST 438 Asian Women (3) History, culture, and contemporary reality of Asian women in Asia and the U.S. Includes critical analysis of American feminist methodology and theory. Pre: one of 310, 316, 318, 373, 455, POLS 339, WS 360, WS 361, WS 439; or consent. (Cross-listed as POLS 372 and WS 462) DS
AMST 440 Race and Racism in America (3) Racial ideas and ideologies, and their effects throughout American history. (Cross-listed as HIST 476) DH
AMST 442 Radical Traditions (3) Varieties of radicalism that have provided a continuing critique of prevailing values and structures. DH
AMST 445 Racism, American Culture and Film/Media (3) An exploration of the critique of racial ideologies in American film. The course also examines how aggrieved communities develop cultural sensibilities, aesthetic choices and politicized identities through film, video and media work. DH
AMST 450 Victims, Virtue, and Violence (3) Examination of the history and significance of melodrama as a dominant mode of American cultural production from the early republic to the present, with a focus on issues of race, gender, and national identity. DH
AMST 451 Popular Culture (3) Major themes, modes, and media of popular or mass culture in the U.S.; emphasis on cultural trends and social implications. DH
AMST 452 The '20s and '30s (3) Novelists, painters, poets, jazz musicians as examples of culture of the 1920s and 1930s in America. DH
AMST 453 Culture, Society, and Literature (3) Literary and non-fictive exploration of the intellectual and moral response of Americans to institutions and culture of 20th-century marketplace economy. DL
AMST 454 Fashioning America (3) Examines linkages between American identity, representation, labor and capital through fashion theory, clothing discourses and other practices of textile production over history. A-F only. Pre: junior standing or consent. DS
AMST 455 U.S. Women's Literature and Culture (3) Reading of selected works of U.S. women's literature and cultural texts (such as art and film). Emphasis on historical and cultural context and diverse expressions of women's gendered identities. (Cross-listed as ENG 455 and WS 445) DL
AMST 457 Museum Interpretations (3) Studies the interpretive strategies and methods used by museums to communicate with visitors in museums, art galleries, historic sites, parks, and related places. Considers how interpretations contribute to cultural knowledge. Repeatable one time. Pre: consent. (Cross-listed as ART 481) DH
AMST 458 Film in American Culture (3) Comprehensive survey of varieties of film experience from historical and contemporary points of view. DL
AMST 459 Sports in America (3) Sports as reflected in literature, films, and TV. DS
AMST 460 Early 20th Century American Art (3) American art in the first half of the 20th century and its impact on American culture. Junior standing or higher. Pre: ART 176 or consent. (Alt. years: fall) (Cross-listed as ART 460)
AMST 461 America's World Role (3) Examination of America's role in modern world affairs, against the background of history, perceptions, and values. DS
AMST 464 America and Africa (3) American attitudes toward Africa, as well as how Africa has functioned within the dynamics of American culture and history. DH
AMST 465 American Experience in Asia (3) Comparison of American experiences in Japan, China, and Southeast Asia within historical and perceptual framework. DH
AMST 469 Religion and Homosexuality in American Public Life (3) Examines the roles of religious groups and religious values with regard to homosexuality in American public culture. Pre: junior standing or consent. DH
AMST 474 Preservation: Hawai'i, Asia, and the Pacific (3) Lectures and discussions on historic preservation issues in Hawai'i, Asia, and the Pacific. Emphasis on indigenous and national expressions. Pre: junior standing or consent. (Cross-listed as ARCH 474) DH
AMST 475 Documentation of Historic Architecture (V) Study and documentation of existing buildings, structures, sites of historic and/or cultural significance, including field measurements and drawings, historical research, photo documentation, and preparation of archival drawings to be deposited in the Library of Congress. Documentation conducted according to standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER). Repeatable three times. Pre: consent. (Cross-listed as ARCH 472)
AMST 480 Approaches to American Studies (3) Required seminar in American Studies methods in preparation for the senior research seminar or the senior capstone project. AMST majors only. A-F only. Pre: 382. (Fall only)
AMST 481 Senior Research Seminar (3) Capstone course for American studies students to undertake a major research and writing project. Requires a 20 page minimum final research paper. For AMST majors only. Pre: consent.
AMST 482 Senior Capstone Project (3) Capstone for American Studies majors to undertake a non-thesis project. AMST majors only. A-F only. Pre: 480 and consent. (Spring only)
AMST 489 World Maritime History (3) Survey of world maritime history from earliest times to the present, with emphasis on the evolution of nautical technology, motives from maritime enterprises, and the impact of cross-cultural encounters between oceanic peoples. (Cross-listed as HIST 489) DH
AMST 490 (Alpha) Topics in American Studies (3) Themes, problems, and issues not addressed in other American studies undergraduate courses, focused within these areas: (B) social structure and interaction; (D) arts and environment. Repeatable one time. Pre: junior standing or consent for (D).
AMST 499 Readings in American Studies (V) Directed readings and research for majors. Pre: consent.
AMST 500 Master's Plan B/C Studies (1)
Graduate standing or consent required for all 600-level courses.
AMST 600 Approaches to American Studies (3) Introductory survey of methodological issues underlying research in American studies.
AMST 601 Patterns of American Cultures (3) American cultural origins and development.
AMST 610 Early America (3) Interdisciplinary approach to understanding early American culture and history. Repeatable one time. Pre: graduate standing or consent. (Alt. years) (Cross-listed as HIST 632B)
AMST 611 Asian America (3) The Asian American experience from an interdisciplinary and humanities perspective. Asian American history, literature, media, and theater arts. Comparative study of Hawai'i and the Continental U.S.
AMST 612 Women in American Culture (3) Historical/contemporary status of women in the U.S.; women's roles as defined by legal, educational, political, economic, and social institutions; implications for social science method. (Cross-listed as WS 612)
AMST 614 Advanced Topics: American West (3) Examination of the U.S. colonization of the American West. Topics include: European-indigenous relations, migration and labor, regional literature, frontier ideology, ethnic conflict, and new community formation. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing and consent. (Cross-listed as HIST 639F)
AMST 615 Performance, Culture, and Theory (3) Survey of major critical works in fields of performing arts and public culture (e.g., dance, theater, music, commemoration). Topics include: theoretical application for the discipline of American studies, and the impact of social movements and labor migration on the performing arts.
AMST 616 Gender and the African Diaspora in the Americas (3) Explores the impact of the African Diaspora on the cultures and histories of the Americas through interdisciplinary and feminist scholarship and cultural sources including fiction, foodways, film, poetry, religion, music, and dance. A-F only. Graduate standing only. (Spring only)
AMST 617 Social and Cultural Diversity in America (3) Examination of selected subcultures in America.
AMST 618 American Sexualities (3) Aspects of sexual identity within the context of American culture.
AMST 620 Indigenous Identity (3) Interdisciplinary and comparative focus on how Indigenous identity is constructed, negotiated, asserted, ascribed, and deconstructed within and without Indigenous communities with attention to the U.S. Graduate students only. Pre: graduate level standing or higher.
AMST 623 American Architecture (3) Cultural analysis of the evolution of American architecture from the Colonial period to the present involving sociopolitical and economic, as well as aesthetic, considerations.
AMST 624 Wilderness in America (3) American wilderness as both physical setting and social construction. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing or consent.
AMST 625 Material Culture (3) Physical artifacts considered as documents of American cultural and regional development.
AMST 626 Environment and Society (3) Technological development in cultural perspective; its relation to the American environment, science, capitalism, public policy, and values.
AMST 632 Mass Media (3) Appraisal of major media of communications in American society with attention to political, educational, cultural, and ethical implications.
AMST 635 Public History and Commemoration (3) Approaches to public presentations of history and examination of various ways in which historic memory is constructed in sites such as museums, memorials, and theme parks.
AMST 638 American Punishment (3) Examines the history of American criminal punishment, from the birth of the penitentiary to the rise of the prison-industrial complex. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing. (Cross-listed as SOC 638)
AMST 640 Writing for Publication (3) Advanced seminar designed to convert graduate research projects into publishable scholarly articles. Repeatable one time. A-F only.
AMST 643 Critical Traditions in America (3) Examination of various dissident movements in American history.
AMST 645 Historic Preservation (3) Federal, state, and local laws and regulations that regulate and provide protection to significant archaeological and historical resources in Hawai'i and the region. (Alt. years: spring only) (Cross-listed as ANTH 645)
AMST 646 Advanced Topics: Social/Cultural/Intellectual (3) Readings and research on American social and intellectual history. Repeatable one time. Pre: graduate standing and consent. (Cross-listed as HIST 639B)
AMST 647 Advanced Topics: Business/Labor/Technology (3) Readings and research on American business, labor, and technological history. Repeatable one time. Pre: graduate standing and consent. (Cross-listed as HIST 639K)
AMST 649 American Intellectual Traditions (3) Examination of intellectual figures and movements in American history.
AMST 656 Film in America (3) Examination of various roles of motion picture film in America with particular respect to art form, cultural artifact, document, and myth.
AMST 659 Arts in America: Modern to Post-Modern (3) Survey of the literature of the field.
AMST 664 America in Asia (3) Topics in U.S. economic, political, military, and cultural relations with East and Southeast Asia, from the 18th century to the present.
AMST 668 Globalization and Transnationalism (3) Examines the socioeconomic and cultural meanings of globalization and transnationalism. Emphasis on how the deployment and flows of power beyond the nation-state have an impact on regional, national, and/or local communities and cultures.
AMST 669 Advanced Topics: America and the World (3) Historical and contemporary issues in America's global relationships.
AMST 670 Comparative Methods in American Studies (3) Examines approaches to American studies that use comparison as a primary method. Comparison of histories, institutions, of phenomena between the U.S. and another country as well as among communities in the U.S. Graduate standing only. Co-requisite: 600 or 601 or 602, or consent. (Every 2-3 years)
AMST 671 Indigenous Curation and Museums: Practice Meets Theory (3) Seminar explores the history, evolution, and contemporary movement towards indigenous curation within museums, emphasis on the Americas and Oceania, as shaped by colonialism, globalization, multiculturalism, self-determination, and nationalism. (Fall only)
AMST 672 20th Century U.S. Literature (3) Selected works of 20th-century literature as cultural documents.
AMST 673 African American Literature (3) Cultural and social imagination of blacks and whites as revealed in literature, poetry, and drama.
AMST 675 Preservation: Theory and Practice (3) History and philosophy of historic preservation movement. Analysis of values and assumptions, methodologies and tactics, implications for society and public policy. (Cross-listed as ARCH 628 and PLAN 675)
AMST 676 Recording Historic and Cultural Resources (3) Techniques in recording and evaluation of historic buildings and other resources, with an emphasis on field recordings and state and federal registration procedures. (Cross-listed as ANTH 676 and PLAN 676)
AMST 677 Historic Preservation Planning (3) Local-level historic preservation, with an emphasis on historic districts, design guidelines, regulatory controls, and community consensus-building. (Cross-listed as PLAN 677)
AMST 679 Elements of Style (3) The manifestations, visual characteristics, and social/cultural meaning of "style" in American architecture and decorative arts from the early settlement period through the present. (Cross-listed as ARCH 679)
AMST 680 Historic Building Technology (3) History of buildings, building technologies, materials, and finishes, including construction techniques and methods of investigating older buildings. Emphasis on North American building practices c.1600–c.1960.
AMST 681 Vernacular Architecture (3) Methods and approaches in the study of vernacular architecture, cultural landscapes, and material culture, with an emphasis on traditions and innovations in the Americas. (Cross-listed as ARCH 650)
AMST 683 Museums: Theory, History, Practice (3) History and theory of museums and related institutions (art galleries, historic houses, zoos, parks). Relationship between museums, collections, and communities. Introduction to governance, planning, legal, and ethical concerns.
AMST 684 Museums and Collections (3) Work of museums and professionals (registrars, collections managers, conservators, curators and others) in the care of collections, interpretive studies of museum displays and collections and field trips. Pre: 683 (or concurrent) or consent.
AMST 685 Museums and Education (3) Overview of museum education including museum learning theories, informal learning programs, audience research, national and international policies and reports, and community projects. Pre: 683 (or concurrent) or consent. (Cross-listed as EDCS 685)
AMST 686 Museum Studies Practicum (3) Applies coursework in museum studies to hands-on activities under the direction of practicing professionals and university faculty. Museum studies certificate students only. Pre: consent.
AMST 688 Indigenous Studies Practicum (3) Applies course work in Indigenous studies to hands-on activities under the direction of practicing professionals and university faculty. Repeatable one time. Graduate students only. A-F only.
AMST 690 Research Seminar (3) Themes, problems, and issues not addressed in other American studies graduate courses; emphasis upon research methods. Repeatable unlimited times.
AMST 695 Historic Preservation Practicum (3) Applies course work in historic preservation to hands-on activities under the direction of practicing professionals and University faculty. Historic preservation certificate students only.
AMST 696 (Alpha) Preservation Field Study (6) On-site historic preservation field study. Site will rotate. Academic and hands-on preservation training. (B) Hawai'i; (C) Asia; (D) Pacific. Each alpha repeatable up to 18 credits. Pre: consent.
AMST 699 Directed Reading/Research (V) Repeatable unlimited times.
AMST 700 Thesis Research (V) Repeatable unlimited times.
AMST 800 Dissertation Research (V) Repeatable unlimited times.
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