Popular and Visual Culture

The Popular and Visual Culture concentration explores contemporary or historical artifacts of US popular culture and visual images in their expanding variety.  Recent students interested in popular culture have worked on digital and social media (blogging, Twitter, Instagram), popular music (country music, alt rock, hip hop), genre fiction from crime to YA, and consumer culture (including advertising, the fashion industry, and the intersection of technology and style). 

Students interested in visual culture have worked on photography and popular uses of photographic images, film studies including the impact of Hollywood cinema, and visual aesthetics across the mediums of paintings, drawings, and lithographs.  Students in this concentration pursue their intellectual interests in American Studies and across the disciplines of art history, studio art, music, media studies, and literature.  

Faculty members with particular expertise in this concentration include Sylvia Chong, Marlene Daut, Camilla Fojas, Lisa Goff, Grace Hale, Jack Hamilton, Matt Hedstrom, Carmenita Higginbotham, Kasey Keeler, Camen Lamas, and Sandhya Shukla.

Core Courses

Students concentrating in Popular and Visual Culture must take at least 2 courses from the following Core classes. One must fulfill a Popular Culture requirement and one must fulfill and a Visual Culture requirement. The 2 courses must be from different departments.

Popular Culture

  • AMST 2420 Cultural Landscapes of the U.S.
  • AMST 2660 Spirituality in America
  • AMST 3323 Hemispheric Latinx Literature and Culture
  • AMST 3355 Border Media
  • AMST 3425 American Material Culture
  • AMST 3559 New Course: AMST
    • AMST 3559 Hip-Hop as Technology
  • AMST 3740 Cultures of Hip-Hop
  • AMST 4500 Seminar in American Studies
    • AMST 4500 Race and Sound
    • AMST 4500 Surveillance and U.S. Empire
  • ANTH 3155 Anthropology of Everyday American Life
  • HIUS 3161 Viewing America, 1940-1980
  • MDST 3310 Sound and Cinema
  • MDST 3559 New Course: MDST
    • MDST 3559 Cultures of Hip-Hop
  • MUSI 2070 Popular Musics
  • MUSI 2080 American Music
  • MUSI 2110 Music in Everyday Life
  • MUSI 2120 History of Jazz Music
  • PLAP 3140 Mass Media and American Politics
  • RELG 2660 Spirituality in America
  • SOC 2470 American Society and Popular Culture

Visual Culture

  • AMST 2220 Race, Identity and American Visual Culture
  • AMST 2753/ARTH 2753 Arts and Cultures of the Slave South
  • AMST 4500 Politics of Reproduction in the U.S.
  • ARTH 2471 Art Since 1945
  • ARTH 2745 African American Art
  • ARTH 2751 American Art to the Armory Show
  • ARTH 2752 American Art Since Reconstruction
  • ARTH 2753/AMST 2753 Arts and Cultures of the Slave South
  • DRAM 2810/MDST 2810 Cinema as an Art Form
  • DRAM 3070 African American Theatre
  • MDST 2810/DRAM 2810 Cinema as an Art Form

The remaining 4 electives may come from the Core class list and/or from the following list of approved courses specific to the Popular and Visual concentration. At least 2 of these 6 courses must be at the 3000 level or above.

Elective Courses

  • AAS 1010 Introduction to African American Studies I
  • AAS 1020 Introduction to African American Studies II
  • AAS 2224 Black Femininities and Masculinities in U.S. Media
  • AAS 2559 New Course: AAS
    • AAS 2559 Drinking Gourd to #BlackTwitter
    • AAS 2559 The Films of Spike Lee
  • AAS 2700 Festivals of the Americas
  • AAS 3500 Intermediate Seminar in AAS
    • AAS 3500 Black Fire: African American Expression
    • AAS 3500 Black Protest Narrative
    • AAS 3500 From Motown to Hip-Hop
  • AAS 4500 Advanced Seminar in African American and African Studies
    • AAS 4500 Criticial Race Theory
    • AAS 4500 Fictions of Black Identity
  • AAS 4501 Advanced Research Seminar in History and African American Studies
    • AAS 4501 Black Power
  • AMST 2100 Introduction to Asian American Studies
  • AMST 2210 Arts Harlem Renaissance
  • AMST 2220 Race Identity in America
  • AMST 2231 Native American Pop Culture
  • AMST 2233 Contemporary Native American Literature
  • AMST 2300 Introduction to U.S. Latino Studies
  • AMST 2321 Latinx Fiction and Film
  • AMST 2420 Cultural Landscapes of the U.S.
  • AMST 2422 Point of View Journalism
  • AMST 2462 Language & New Media
  • AMST 2470 Disney
  • AMST 2500 Major Works for American Studies
    • AMST 2500 American Photography Since 1945
    • AMST 2500 Art of Disney
    • AMST 2500 The Big House
    • AMST 2500 Chinese American Language, Culture and Identity
    • AMST 2500 Christian America
    • AMST 2500 Digital American Studies
    • AMST 2500 Harlem Stories
  • AMST 2753 Arts and Cultures of the Slave South
  • AMST 3180 Introduction to Asian American Studies
  • AMST 3354 Race and Media
  • AMST 3355 Border Media
  • AMST 3407 Racial Borders and American Cinema
  • AMST 3425 American Material Culture
  • AMST 3460 Reading America
  • AMST 3462 Harlem Stories
  • AMST 3465 America and the Global South
  • AMST 3559 New Course: AMST
    • AMST 3559 Gender, Things, and Difference
    • AMST 3559 Identity, Space, and Public Art
    • AMST 3559 Indigenous Histories of Place
    • AMST 3559 Magic Tales Across the Americas
    • AMST 3559 Science and Democracy in America
  • AMST 3630 Vietnam War in Literature and Film
  • AMST 3740 Cultures of Hip-Hop
  • AMST 3880 Literature of the South
  • AMST 4403 Transamerican Encounters
  • AMST 4410 Censorship
  • AMST 4430 Documentary Film and the South
  • AMST 4440 Apocalypse in American Culture
  • AMST 4470 American Film Noir
  • AMST 4472 Hollywood Cinema: 1930s
  • AMST 4474 Stardom and American Cinema
  • AMST 4500 Seminar in American Studies (Select Course Topics)
    • AMST 4500 Digital Archive: Social Justice
    • AMST 4500 Politics of Reproduction in the U.S.
    • AMST 4500 Sports and Transnational Culture
  • AMST 4559 New Course: AMST
    • AMST 4559 Politics and Literature
  • ANTH 2153 North American Indians
  • ANTH 2365 Art and Anthropology
  • ANTH 2500 Cultures, Regions, Civilizations (Select Course Topics)
    • ANTH 2500 Anthropology of the Caribbean
  • ANTH 2557 Culture Through Film (Select Course Topics)
    • ANTH 2557 Language and Cinema
  • ANTH 2559 New Course: ANTH
    • ANTH 2559 Internet: Another Country
  • ANTH 2590 Social & Cultural Anthropology (Select Course Topics)
    • ANTH 2590 Racially Conscious Societies
  • ANTH 3155 Anthropology of Everyday American Life
  • ANTH 3175 Native American Art: The Astor Collection
  • ANTH 3450 Native American Languages
  • ANTH 3830 North American Archaeology
  • ARH 3701 Early American Architecture
  • ARH 3702 Later American Architecture
  • ARH 3703 19th-Century American Architecture
  • ARH 3704 20th-Century American Architecture
  • ARH 4500 Special Topics in Architectural History (Select Course Topics)
    • ARH 4500 UVa History: Race and Repair
  • ARH 4591 Undergraduate Seminar in the History of Architecture (Select Course Topics)
    • ARH 4591 Skyscraper!
  • ARTH 2273 Disneyland
  • ARTH 2275 Heroes, Superheroes, and American Visual Culture
  • ARTH 2471 Art Since 1945
  • ARTH 2559 New Course: ARTH
    • ARTH 2559 Minimalist and Conceptual Art
  • ARTH 2745 African American Art
  • ARTH 2751 American Art to the Armory Show
  • ARTH 2752 American Art Since Reconstruction
  • ARTH 2753 Arts and Cultures of the Slave South
  • ARTH 3559 New Course: ARTH (Select Course Topics)
    • ARTH 3559 Jacob Lawrence
  • ARTH 3591 Art History Colloquium (Select Course Topics)
    • ARTH 3591 Alexander Calder and Modern Art
    • ARTH 3591 American Art and Culture 1950s
  • ARTH 3595 Art History Practicum (Select Course Topics)
    • ARTH 3595 Jacob Lawrence Museum Practicum
  • ARTH 4591 Seminar in the History of Art (Select Course Topics)
    • ARTH 4591 American Modernisms
    • ARTH 4591 Calder: Physics and Poetry
    • ARTH 4591 Plantation South 1650-1850
    • ARTH 4591 Skyscraper!
    • ARTH 4591 Stardom and American Cinema
  • DRAM 2080 Circus in America
  • DRAM 2810 Cinema as an Art Form
  • DRAM 3070 African American Theatre
  • DRAM 3600 Modern American Drama
  • DRAM 3810 Cinema as Art Form
  • DRAM 3830 History of Film I
  • DRAM 3840 History of Film II
  • DRAM 3850 History of Film III
  • ENAM 3110 American Literature to 1865
  • ENAM 3120 American Literature Since 1865
  • ENAM 3130 African American Literature I
  • ENAM 3140 African American Literature II
  • ENAM 3150 The American Renaissance
  • ENAM 3160 Realism and Naturalism in America
  • ENAM 3180 Introduction to Asian American Studies
  • ENAM 3450 American Short Novel
  • ENAM 3500 Studies in American Literature (All Course Topics)
  • ENAM 3510 Studies in African American Literature and Culture (All Course Topics)
  • ENAM 3520 Major American Authors (All Course Topics)
  • ENAM 3559 New Course in American Literature (Select Course Topics)
    • ENAM 3559 Cross-Cultures of Harlem
    • ENAM 3559 Faulkner
    • ENAM 3559 The Long 1970s
  • ENAM 3750 Sex and Sentiment
  • ENAM 3880 Literature of the South
  • ENAM 4500 Advanced Studies in American Literature (Select Course Topics)
    • ENAM 4500 American Drama
    • ENAM 4500 American Writers and World War II
    • ENAM 4500 America's Greatest Hits
    • ENAM 4500 Autobiography and Nationalism
    • ENAM 4500 Ethnic American Fiction
    • ENAM 4500 Ethnic Women's Fiction
    • ENAM 4500 Literature of the West
    • ENAM 4500 Modern Love in the U.S.
    • ENAM 4500 Poe, Whitman, Dickinson
    • ENAM 4500 Writing an American Self
  • ENCR 4500 Advanced Studies in Literary Criticism (Select Course Topics)
    • ENCR 4500 Critical Race Theory
    • ENCR 4500 Race in American Places
  • ENCR 5559 New Course: ENCR (Select Course Topics)
    • ENCR 5559 Queer Race Theory
  • ENGN 4500 Advanced Studies in Literary Genres (Select Course Topics)
    • ENGN 4500 Modern American Short Story
  • ENLT 2513 Major Authors of American Literature (All Course Topics)
  • ENLT 2514 Modern American Authors (All Course Topics)
  • ENLT 2523 Studies in Poetry (Select Course Topics)
    • ENLT 2523 Contemporary (American) Poetry
  • ENLT 2524 Studies in Drama (Select Course Topics)
    • ENLT 2524 Contemporary American Drama
  • ENLT 2547 Black Writers in America (All Course Topics)
  • ENMC 3120 American Literature of the 20th Century
  • ENMC 3310 Major African-American Poets
  • ENMC 3420 Modern Drama II
  • ENMC 3500 Studies in Modern and Contemporary Literature (Select Course Topics)
    • ENMC 3500 American Modernisms
    • ENMC 3500 Contemporary Jewish Fiction
    • ENMC 3500 Post-9/11 American Cultures
    • ENMC 3500 Transatlantic Modernism
  • ENMC 3650 Asian American Fiction
  • ENMC 4500 Advanced Studies in Modern and Contemporary Literature (Select Course Topics)
    • ENMC 4500 Contemporary Poetry
    • ENMC 4500 The Current American Novel
    • ENMC 4500 Four American Poets
  • ENSP 3850 The Dark Side of Hollywood: Film Noir
  • ENSP 3860 Game of Thrones
  • ENSP 4500 Advanced Studies in Special Topics (Select Course Topics)
    • ENSP 4500 Censorship
  • ENSP 4559 New Course: ENSP
    • ENSP 4559 American Writers in Paris
  • HIEU 2102 Modern Jewish History
  • HILA 2002 Modern Latin America, 1824 to Present
  • HILA 3051 Modern Central America
  • HILA 3061 History of Modern Brazil
  • HILA 3111 Public Life in Modern Latin America
  • HIST 3162 War and Society in the 20th Century
  • HIST 3201 History Museums and Interpretation
  • HIST 3559 New Course in HIST (Select Course Topics)
    • HIST 3559 Gordon Parks and American Photography
  • HIST 4501 Major Seminar in HIST (Select Course Topics)
    • HIST 4501 The Sixties and Photography
  • HIST 5920 History of Documentary Photos
  • HIUS 2001 American History to 1865
  • HIUS 3131 The Emergence of Modern America, 1870-1930
  • HIUS 3150 Salem Witch Trials
  • HIUS 3151 United States Society and Politics, 1900-1945
  • HIUS 3161 Viewing America, 1940-1980
  • HIUS 3162 Digitizing America
  • HIUS 3171 U.S. Since 1945
  • HIUS 3232 The South in the 20th Century
  • HIUS 3471 History of American Labor
  • HIUS 3491 Rural Poverty in Our Time
  • HIUS 3559 New Course: HIUS (Select Course Topics)
    • HIUS 3559 From Motown to Hip Hop
  • HIUS 3611 Gender and Sexuality in America to 1865
  • HIUS 3612 Gender and Sexuality in America Since 1865
  • HIUS 3641 American Indian History
  • HIUS 3652 Afro-American History Since 1865
  • HIUS 3654 Black Fire
  • HIUS 3671 History of the Civil Rights Movement
  • HIUS 4501 Seminar in US History (Select Course Topics)
    • HIUS 4501 Black Power
  • MDST Courses (must be a Media Studies major)
    • MDST 2000 Introduction to Media Studies
    • MDST 2010 Introduction to Digital Media
    • MDST 2200 Introduction to Film
    • MDST 2502 Special Topics in Film Genre (Select Course Topics)
      • MDST 2502 American Gangster Films
    • MDST 2810 Cinema as an Art Form
    • MDST 3050 History of Media
    • MDST 3104 News and the Construction of Reality
    • MDST 3105 Latina/o Media Studies
    • MDST 3106 History of U.S. Broadcasting
    • MDST 3115 Breaking Bad
    • MDST 3140 Mass Media and American Politics
    • MDST 3206 Documentary Film
    • MDST 3300 Global Media
    • MDST 3306 Gender, Class, Race in the Teen Film
    • MDST 3402 War and the Media
    • MDST 3404 Politics and New Media
    • MDST 3407 Racial Borders and American Cinema
    • MDST 3409 LGBTQ Issues in the Media
    • MDST 3501 Special Topics: Directors and Auteurs (Select Course Topics)
      • MDST 3501 Films of Woody Allen
      • MDST 3501 Films of Welles & Hitchcock
    • MDST 3502 Special Topics in Film Genre (Select Course Topics)
      • MDST 3502 Screening Terrorism
      • MDST 3502 Watching Detectives
    • MDST 3503 Issues and Controversies
    • MDST 3505 Special Topics: Diversity and Identity in Media (Select Course Topics)
      • MDST 3505 Race and Sound in American Culture
    • MDST 3559 New Course: MDST
      • MDST 3559 Breaking Bad
      • MDST 3559 Media Policy and Law
      • MDST 3559 Melodrama
    • MDST 3600 Women and Television
    • MDST 3601 Screening History
    • MDST 3640 American Gangster Film
    • MDST 3650 Shooting the Western
    • MDST 3830 History of Film I
    • MDST 3840 History of Film II
    • MDST 3850 History of Film III
    • MDST 4105 Media and Citizenship
    • MDST 4106 Media and the Kennedy Era
    • MDST 4110 Gender Non-Conformity in Media
    • MDST 4200 Sex and Gender Go To The Movies
    • MDST 4559 New Course: MDST (Select Course Topics)
      • MDST 4559 Media and Citizenship
  • MUSI 2070 Popular Musics
  • MUSI 2080 American Music
  • MUSI 2110 Music in Everyday Life
  • MUSI 2120 History of Jazz Music
  • MUSI 2600 Jazz Improvisation
  • MUSI 2700 Music and Politics
  • MUSI 3040 20th and 21st Century Music
  • MUSI 3050 Music and Discourse
  • MUSI 3120 Jazz Studies
  • MUSI 4510 Cultural and Historical Studies (Select Course Topics)
    • MUSI 4510 Media and Popular Music
    • MUSI 4510 Music in Asian America
  • MUSI 4512 Studies in Jazz Literature
  • PLAN 1010 Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
  • PLAN 3060 Law, Land, and the Environment
  • PLAN 3310 History of Cities and Planning
  • PLAP 2250 American Political Tradition
  • PLAP 3140 Mass Media and American Politics
  • PLAP 3190 Judicial Process and Policy-Making
  • PLAP 3270 Public Opinion and American Democracy
  • PLAP 3350 American Congress
  • PLAP 3370 Workshop in Contemporary American Electoral Politics
  • PLAP 3810 Constitutional Interpretation: Separation of Powers and Federalism
  • PLAP 3820 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • PLAP 4140 Gender and American Political Behavior
  • PLAP 4141 Biology, Culture, Policies, and Politics
  • PLAP 4180 Political Advertising and Democracy
  • PLAP 4360 Campaigns and Elections
  • PLAP 4601 Democracy in America
  • PLIR 4380 America in a World Economy
  • PLPT 3200 African American Political Thought
  • PLPT 4030 Democratic Theory
  • PLPT 4070 Liberalism and it Critics
  • PLPT 4305 American Political Thought
  • RELA 2850 Afro-Creole Religion in the Americas
  • RELC 2215 Momonism and American Culture
  • RELC 2401 History of American Catholicism
  • RELC 2559 New Course in Christianity (Select Course Topics)
    • RELC 2559 Kingdom of God in America
  • RELC 3150 Salem Witch Trials
  • RELC 3215 American Religious Innovation
  • RELC 3559 New Course in Christianity (Select Course Topics)
    • RELC 3559 African Americans and the Bible
  • RELC 3804 American Catholic Social Thought
  • RELG 2160 Religion in America Since 1865
  • RELG 2190 Religion and Modern Fiction
  • RELG 2370 Religion After Jefferson
  • RELG 2660 "Spiritual But Not Religious": Spirituality in America
  • RELG 3150 Salem Witch Trials
  • RELG 3200 Martin, Malcolm, and America
  • RELG 3315 Jefferson and Religion
  • RELG 3360 Conquests and Religions
  • RELG 3780 Faulkner and the Bible
  • RELG 3800 African American Religious History
  • RELG 4220 American Religious Autobiography
  • RELG 4500 Majors Seminar (Select Course Topics)
    • RELG 4500 Modern American Marriage
    • RELG 4500 Religious Liberalism
  • SOC 2442 Systems of Inequality
  • SOC 2470 American Society and Popular Culture
  • SOC 2520 Death and Dying
  • SOC 3056 Culture and Power
  • SOC 3306 Gender, Class, and Race in the Teen Film
  • SOC 4010 Sociology of Music
  • SOC 4070 Sociology of Art
  • SOC 4100 Sociology of the African-American Community
  • SOC 4140 Sociology of Consumption
  • SOC 4380 Violence and Media
  • SOC 4420 Sociology of Inequality
  • SPAN 3430 Survey of Latin American Literature II (1900 to Present)
  • SPAN 4310 Latin American Women Writers from 1900 to the Present
  • SPAN 4319 Borges
  • SPAN 4320 Contemporary Latin American Short Fiction
  • SPAN 4321 Contemporary Latin American Novel
  • SPAN 4710 Latin American Culture and Civilization
  • WGS 2224 Black Femininities and Masculinities in Media
  • WGS 2300 Women and Gender in the Deaf World
  • WGS 2897 Gender Violence and Social Justice
  • WGS 3105 Issues in LGTBQ Studies
  • WGS 3110 Queer American History
  • WGS 3200 Women, Gender, and Sports
  • WGS 3310 Sexuality, Gender, and Media
  • WGS 3370 Feminism in America
  • WGS 3440 Gender and Multiculturalism
  • WGS 3611 Gender and Sexuality in the United States, 1600-1865
  • WGS 3612 Gender and Sexuality in the United States, 1865-Present
  • WGS 3800 Queer Theory
  • WGS 3810 Feminist Theory
  • WGS 4140 Gender and Political Behavior
  • WGS 4200 Sex and Gender Go To The Movies
  • WGS 4610 LGBTQ Communities
  • WGS 4800 Gender-Based Violence

 

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