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 2660/RELG 2660 Spirituality in America
  • AMST 3425 American Material Culture
  • AMST 3559 Cultures of Hip-Hop
  • AMST 3559 and MDST 3559 Hip-Hop As Technology
  • AMST 3559 Hemispheric Latinx Literature and Culture
  • AMST 4500 Surveillance and US Empire
  • AMST 4500 Race and Sound in American Culture
  • ANTH 3155 Anthropology of Everyday American Life
  • HUIS 3161 Viewing America
  • MDST 3140/PLAP 3140 Mass Media and American Politics
  • MUSI 2070 Popular Musics
  • MUSI 2110 Music in Everyday Life
  • MUSI 2120 History of Jazz
  • PLAP 3140/MDST 3140 Mass Media and American Politics
  • RELG 2660/AMST 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
  • 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 Intro to African-American Culture I
  • AAS 1020 Intro to African American Culture II
  • AAS 2224/WGS 2224 Black Masculinities and Femininities in the US Media
  • AAS 2559 The Fims of Spike Lee
  • AAS 2559 DrinkingGourd to #BlackTwitter
  • AAS 2700 Festivals of the Americas
  • AMST 1559 Wilderness and Real Estate
  • AMST 2422/AMST 2500 Point of View Journalism
  • AMST 2420/AMST 2500 Cultural Landscapes of the U.S.
  • AMST 2422/AMST 2500 Point of View Journalism
  • AMST 2460 Language in the U.S.
  • AMST 2462 Language & New Media
  • AMST 2470/AMST 2500 Disney
  • AMST 2500 Chinese American Language, Culture and Identity
  • AMST 2500 Digital American Studies
  • AMST 2500 Harlem Stories
  • AMST 2559 Racial Performance
  • AMST 2559 Latinx Fictions and Films
  • AMST 2559 Contemporary Native American Literature
  • AMST 2559 Gender, Things, and Difference
  • AMST 2599 Cultures of Hip-Hop
  • AMST 2660/RELG 2660 Spirituality in America
  • AMST 2753/ARTH 2753 Arts & Cultures of the Slave South
  • AMST 3180 Intro to Asian Am St
  • AMST 3355 Border Media
  • AMST 3425 American Material Culture
  • AMST 3460 Reading American at Home and Abroad
  • AMST 3559 Multimedia Harlem Renaissance
  • AMST 3559/MDST 3505 Asian American Media Cultures
  • AMST 3559/MDST 3559 Language and New Media
  • AMST 3559/MDST 3559 Hip-Hop As Technology
  • AMST 3559 Hemispheric Latinx Literature and Culture
  • AMST 3559 Native American Pop Culture
  • AMST 3559 Borderlands and Popular Culture
  • AMST 3559 Gender, Things, and Difference
  • AMST 3559 Race and Sound
  • AMST 3559 Cultures of Hip-Hop
  • AMST 3630 Vietnam War in Literature and Film
  • AMST 4401 Literature of the Americas
  • AMST 4500 Visual Culture in Literature, Drama and Film
  • AMST 4500 Surveillance and US Empire
  • AMST 4500 Race and Sound in American Culture
  • AMST 4500 Post 9/11 American Literature and Culture
  • AMST 4500 (All Course Topics)
  • ANTH 2153 North American Indians
  • ANTH 2360 Don Juan and Castaneda
  • ANTH 2365 Art and Anthropology
  • ANTH 2500 Anthropology of the Carribbean
  • ANTH 2590 Social & Cultural Anthropology (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 - U. VA. History: Race and Repair
  • ARTH 2273 Disneyland
  • ARTH 2275 Heroes, Superheroes and American Visual Culture
  • ARTH 2471 Art Since 1945
  • ARTH 2559 Minimalist and Conceptual Art
  • ARTH 2745 African American Art
  • ARTH 2751 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
  • ARTH 3559 Jacob Lawrence
  • ARTH 3591 Alexander Calder and Modern Art
  • ARTH 3591 American Art and Culture 1950s
  • ARTH 3595 Jacob Lawrence Museum Practicum
  • ARTH 4591 Stardom and American Cinema
  • ARTH 4591 Calder: Physics and Poetry
  • DRAM 2080 The Circus: A Historical Overview
  • DRAM 2080 Circus in America
  • DRAM 2810 and MDST 2810 Cinema as an Art Form
  • DRAM 3070 African American Theatre
  • DRAM 3600 Modern American Drama
  • DRAM 3810 Cinema as Art Form
  • DRAM 3850 History of Film III
  • ENAM 3110 American Literature to 1865
  • ENAM 3140 African-American Literature II
  • ENAM 3150 American Renaissance
  • ENAM 3160 Realism & 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 & Culture (All Course Topics)
  • ENAM 3520 Major American Authors
  • ENAM 3559 New Course in American Literature (All Course Topics)
  • ENAM 3750 American Sentimentalism
  • ENAM 3880 Literature of the South
  • ENAM 4500 American Drama
  • ENAM 4500 Autobiography and Nationalism: Writing an American Self
  • ENAM 4500 Contemporary Ethnic Women's Fiction
  • ENAM 4500 Literature of the West
  • ENAM 4500 Modern Love in the US
  • ENAM 4500 Poe, Whitman and Dickinson
  • ENAM 4840 Fictions of Black Identity
  • ENCR 4500 Critical Race Theory
  • ENCR 4500 Race in American Places
  • ENCR 5559/AAS 5559 Queer Race Theory
  • 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: Contemporary (American) Poetry
  • ENLT 2524 Studies n Drama: Contemporary American Drama
  • ENLT 2547 Black Writers in America (All Course Topics)
  • ENLT 2555 American Places
  • ENLT 2555 Point of View Journalism
  • ENMC 3120 American Literature of the 20th Century
  • ENMC 3310 Major African-American Poets
  • ENMC 3500 Studies in Modern and Contemporary Literature: American Modernisms
  • ENMC 3500 Studies in Modern and Contemporrary Literature: Contemporary Jewish Fiction
  • ENMC 3500 Studies in Modern and Contemporrary Literature: Post 9/11 Culture
  • ENMC 3500 Studies in Modern and Contemporrary Literature: Transatlantic Modernism
  • ENMC 4500 Advanced Studies in Mod. And Contemp. Literature: Contemporary Poetry
  • ENMC 4500 Advanced Studies in Mod. And Contemp. Literature: The Current American Novel
  • ENMC 4500 Advanced Studies in Mod. And Contemp. Literature: Four American Poets
  • ENSP 3850 The Dark Side of Hollywood: Film Noir
  • ENSP 4500 Censorship
  • ENSP 4559 American Writers in Paris
  • FREN 5812 New World Literature
  • HIEU 2102 Modern Jewish History
  • HILA 2001 Colonial Latin America, 1500-1824
  • HILA 2002 Modern Latin America, 1824 to Present
  • HILA 3051 The Lived Experience in 20th Century Central America
  • HILA 3051 Modern Central America
  • HILA 3061 History of Modern Brazil
  • HILA 3111 Public Life in Modern Latin America
  • HILA 4501 Seminar in Latin American History  (All Course Topics)
  • HILA 4511 Colloquium in Latin American History  (All Course Topics)
  • HIST 3559 Gordon Parks and American Photography
  • HIST 4501 Major Seminar: The Sixties and Photoraphy
  • HIUS 2001 American History to 1865
  • HIUS 2002 American History since 1865
  • HIUS 2401 History of American Catholicism
  • HIUS 3011 The Colonial Period of American History
  • HIUS 3031 The Era of the American Revolution
  • HIUS 3051 The Age of Jefferson and Jackson, 1789-1845
  • HIUS 3071 The Coming of the Civil War
  • HIUS 3072 The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIUS 3131 The Emerence of Modern America, 1870-1930
  • HIUS 3150 Salem Witch Trials: History and Literature
  • HIUS 3151 United States Society and Politics
  • HIUS 3161 Viewing America
  • HIUS 3171 US since 1945: People, Politics, Power/Unitede States Society and Politics, 1945-1990
  • HIUS 3231/AAS 3231 Rise and Fall of the Slave South
  • HIUS 3232 The South in the Twentieth Century
  • HIUS 3281 History of Virginia to 1865
  • HIUS 3282 History of Virginia since 1865
  • HIUS 3455 History of U.S. Foreign Relations to 1914
  • HIUS 3471 History of American Labor
  • HIUS 3559 From Motown to Hip Hop
  • HIUS 3611 History of Women in America, 1600-1865
  • 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 3753 Intellectual and Cultural History of the United States to 1865
  • HIUS 3851 Intellectual and Cultural History of the United States Since 1865
  • HIUS 4501 Seminar in US History (Select Course Topics)
  • HIUS 4591 Topics in United States History (Select Course Tpics)
  • MDST 2000 Intro to Media Studies  (*Must be a Media Studies major to enroll)
  • MDST 2010 Introduction to Digital Media
  • MDST 2200 Introduction to Film
  • MDST 2502 Special Topics in Film Genre - American Gangster Films
  • MDST 2810 Cinema as an Art Form
  • MDST 3050 History of Media
  • MDST 3100 Film and Television in the 1960s
  • MDST 3104 News and the Construction of Reality
  • MDST 3140/PLAP 3140 Mass Media and American Politics
  • MDST 3206 Documentary Film
  • MDST 3310 Sound and Cinema
  • MDST 3402 War and the Media
  • MDST 3407 Racial Border & American Cinema
  • MDST 3501 Special Topics in Directors and Auteurs: Films of Woody Allen
  • MDST 3501 Special Topics in Directors and Auteurs: Films of Welles & Hitchcock
  • MDST 3502 Special Topics in Film Genre
  • MDST 3502 Screening Terrorism
  • MDST 3502 Watching Detectives
  • MDST 3503 Issues and Controversies in Media
  • MDST 3505 Special Topics in Diversity and Id in Media: Race & Sound in Amer. Culture
  • MDST 3559 Melodrama
  • MDST 3559 Media Policy and Law
  • MDST 3559 Breaking Bad
  • MDST 3640 American Gangster Film
  • MDST 3650 Shooting the Western
  • MDST 3850 History of Film III
  • MDST 4106 Media and the Kennedy Era
  • MDST 4200/WGS 4200 Sex and Gender Go To The Movies
  • MUSI 2070 Popular Musics
  • MUSI 2080 American Music
  • MUSI 2080 American Music from a Multi-Cultural Perspective
  • MUSI 2110 Music in Everyday Life
  • MUSI 2120 History of Jazz Music
  • MUSI 2600 Jazz Improvisation
  • MUSI 3040 Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Music
  • MUSI 3050 Music and Discourse since 1900
  • MUSI 3120 Jazz Studies
  • MUSI 4512 Studies in Jazz Literature
  • MUSI 4519 Critical Studies of Music (Select Course Topics)
  • PAVS 4500-007 (19142) The Vietnam War, A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
  • 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/MDST 3140 Mass Media and American Politics
  • PLAP 3190 Judicial Process and Policy-Making
  • PLAP 3270 Public Opinion and Political Behavior
  • PLAP 3350 American Congress
  • PLAP 3370 Workshop in Contemporary American Electoral Politics
  • PLAP 3810 Constitutional Interpretation: Separation of Powers and Federalism
  • PLAP 3820 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • PLAP 4140 Gender and American Political Behavior
  • PLAP 4141 Sex Differences: Biology, Culture, Politics and Policy
  • PLAP 4180 Political Advertising and American Democracy
  • PLAP 4360 Campaigns and Elections
  • PLAP 4500 Special Topics in American Politics (Select Course Topics)
  • PLAP 4601 Democracy in America
  • PLIR 4650 American Foreign Policy Making
  • PLPT 3200 African American Political Thought
  • PLPT 4030 Democracy and Its Critics
  • PLPT 4070 Liberalism and it Critics
  • PLPT 4305 American Political Thought to 1865
  • 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 3150 Salem Witch Trials
  • RELC 3215 American Religious Innovation
  • RELC 3559 New Course in Christianity (Select Course Topics)
  • RELC 3715 Walker Percy and Flannery O'Connor
  • RELC 3804 American Catholic Social and Political Thought
  • RELG 2160 Religion in American Life & Thought from 1865 to Present
  • RELG 2190 Religion and Modern Fiction
  • RELG 2370 Religion After Jefferson
  • RELG 2660/AMST 2660 "Spiritual But Not Religious": Spirituality in America
  • RELG 3150 Salem Witch Trials
  • RELG 3200 Martin, Malcolm, and America
  • RELG 3315 Jefferson, Religion and the Secular University
  • RELG 3360 Conquests and Religions in the Americas, 1400s-1830s
  • RELG 3780 Faulkner and the Bible
  • RELG 3800 African American Religious History
  • RELG 4220 American Religious Autobiography
  • RELG 4500 Modern American Marriage
  • SATR 3000 South Asian Literature Across Borders
  • SOC 2380 Violence and Gender
  • SOC 2470 American Society and Popular Culture
  • SOC 2520 Death and Dying (Select Topics)
  • SOC 2559 Gender and Violence
  • SOC 3056 Culture and Power
  • SOC 3371 Merit, Privilege and American Higher Education
  • SOC 3410 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 4070 Sociology of Art
  • SOC 4100 Sociology of the African-American Community
  • SOC 4140 Sociology of Consumption
  • SOC 4420 Sociology of Inequality
  • SPAN 3420 Survey of Latin American Literature I (Colonial to 1900)
  • SPAN 3430 Survey of Latin American Literature II (1900 to Present)
  • SPAN 4319 Borges
  • SPAN 4310 Latin American Women Writers from 1900 to the Present
  • SPAN 4320 Contemporary Latin-American Short Fiction
  • SPAN 4321 Contemporary Latin-American Novel
  • SPAN 4710 Latin American Culture and Civilization
  • WGS 2224/AAS 2224 Black Femininities and Masculinities in Media
  • WGS 2897 Gender Violence and Social Justice
  • WGS 3200 Women, Gender, and Sports
  • WGS 3611 Gender and Sexuality in the United States, 1600-1865
  • WGS 3612 Gender and Sexuality in the United States, 1865-Present
  • WGS 4200/MDST 4200 Sex and Gender Go To The Movies

 

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