Summer Session 1: May 24 - June 16, 2021
AMST 2001 – 001 – Intro to American Studies
This course introduces students to American Studies, the interdisciplinary study of US culture. Students will be exposed to the three main categories of American Studies methods, historical analysis, close analysis, and fieldwork and to a broad variety of cultural forms, including films, photographs, music, sermons, journalism, fiction, speeches, court decisions, government documents, and web-based materials including social media sites.
Summer Session 3: July 19 - August 12
AMST 3559 – 001 -- American Film
This course provides an introduction to film studies through an examination of American film from throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. We will learn basic film techniques for visual analysis, as well as consider the social, economic, and historical forces that have shaped the production, distribution, and reception of film in the U.S. Examples will be drawn from various film genre: melodrama, horror, sci-fi, musical, Westerns, war films, documentary, animation, and avant-garde. Assignments include daily homework, two short essays, and a final exam/project.