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American Studies Minor

American Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Required credits in this minor: 15
American studies is an interdisciplinary and comparative study of the United States as the outcome of migration, labor accumulation, land acquisition, cultural dissemination, the implantation of U.S. laws and policies, and identity formations around gender, sexuality, and race. As an interdisciplinary field, American studies brings the social sciences and humanities together.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Students may earn a BA or a minor in American studies, but not both.
Electives
Other courses may count with approval from the director of undergraduate studies.
Take 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AMST 3112 - Prince, Porn, and Public Space: The Cultural Politics of the Twin Cities in the 1980s [DSJ, HIS] (3.0 cr)
· AMST 3113W - Global Minnesota: Diversity in the 21st Century [DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· AMST 3114 - America in International Perspective [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMST 3252W - American Popular Culture and Politics: 1900 to 1940 [HIS, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· AMST 3253W - American Popular Culture and Politics: 1940 to the Present [HIS, CIV, WI] (4.0 cr)
· AMST 3896 - Internship for Academic Credit (1.0-4.0 cr)
· AMST 3920 - Topics in American Studies (3.0 cr)
· AMST 3993 - Directed Studies (1.0-9.0 cr)
· AMST 4301 - Workers and Consumers in the Global Economy [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMST 4401 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· AMST 3001 - Contemporary Perspectives on Asian America [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or AAS 3001 - Contemporary Perspectives on Asian America [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMST 3003 - Public History (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 3001 - Public History (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3001 - Public History (3.0 cr)
· AMST 3212 - Dissident Sexualities in U.S. History (3.0 cr)
or GLBT 3212 - Dissident Sexualities in U.S. History (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3212 - Dissident Sexualities in U.S. History (3.0 cr)
· AMST 3361 - Asian Americans and Food (3.0 cr)
or AAS 3361 - Asian Americans and Food (3.0 cr)
· AMST 4101 - Gender, Sexuality, and Politics in America [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or GLBT 4101 - Gender, Sexuality, and Politics in America [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMST 5412 - Comparative Indigenous Feminisms [GP] (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 5412 - Comparative Indigenous Feminisms [GP] (3.0 cr)
or ANTH 5412 - Comparative Indigenous Feminisms [GP] (3.0 cr)
or CHIC 3412 - Comparative Indigenous Feminisms [GP] (3.0 cr)
or CHIC 5412 - Comparative Indigenous Feminisms [GP] (3.0 cr)
or GWSS 3515 - Comparative Indigenous Feminisms [GP] (3.0 cr)
 
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AMST 3112 - Prince, Porn, and Public Space: The Cultural Politics of the Twin Cities in the 1980s (DSJ, HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course uses music (especially Prince and the Replacements), debates around pornography/sex, and shifts around access to public space in order to explore the local culture and national importance of the Twin Cities during the 1980s.
AMST 3113W - Global Minnesota: Diversity in the 21st Century (DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Diverse cultural (racial, ethnic, class) groups in America. Institutions/processes that shape their relations and create domination, resistance, hybridity, nationalism, racism, alliance. Specific content may vary.
AMST 3114 - America in International Perspective (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
The nature of international cultural exchange. The impact of U.S. cultures and society on other countries of the world as well as the impact of other cultures and societies on the United States.
AMST 3252W - American Popular Culture and Politics: 1900 to 1940 (HIS, CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Historical analysis of how popular arts represent issues of gender, race, consumerism, and citizenship. How popular artists define boundaries of citizenship and public life: inclusions/exclusions in polity and national identity. How popular arts reinforce/alter political ideologies.
AMST 3253W - American Popular Culture and Politics: 1940 to the Present (HIS, CIV, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Historical analysis of how popular arts represent issues of gender, race, consumerism, and citizenship. How popular artists define boundaries of citizenship and public life: inclusions/exclusions in polity and national identity. How popular arts reinforce/alter political ideologies.
AMST 3896 - Internship for Academic Credit
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
An applied learning experience in an agreed-upon, short-term, supervised workplace activity, with defined goals, which may be related to a student's major field or area of interest. The work can be full or part time, paid or unpaid, primarily in off-campus environments. Internships integrate classroom knowledge and theory with practical application and skill development in professional or community settings. The skills and knowledge learned should be transferable to other employment settings and not simply to advance the operations of the employer. Typically the student's work is supervised and evaluated by a site coordinator or instructor.
AMST 3920 - Topics in American Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
AMST 3993 - Directed Studies
Credits: 1.0 -9.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Guided individual reading or study. prereq: instr consent
AMST 4301 - Workers and Consumers in the Global Economy (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Impact of global economy on workplaces/workers in the United states, Mexico, and Caribbean countries. Influence on consumption. Consequences for American culture/character. Effects on U.S./Mexican factory work, service sector, temporary working arrangements, offshore production jobs in Dominican Republic, and professional/managerial positions.
AMST 3001 - Contemporary Perspectives on Asian America (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AAS 3001/AmSt 3001
Typically offered: Every Spring
Interdisciplinary overview of Asian American identities. Post-1965 migration/community. History, cultural productions, and concerns of Americans of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, Filipino, and Southeast Asian ancestry.
AAS 3001 - Contemporary Perspectives on Asian America (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AAS 3001/AmSt 3001
Typically offered: Every Fall
Interdisciplinary overview of Asian American identities. Post-1965 migration/community. History, cultural productions, and concerns of Americans of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, Filipino, and Southeast Asian ancestry.
AMST 3003 - Public History
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn 3001/AmSt 3003/Hist 3001
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Interpretations of collective past as produced in public venues, including museum exhibitions, films, theme parks, websites. Intellectual and political issues in history produced for public audiences. Career opportunities.
AMIN 3001 - Public History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn 3001/AmSt 3003/Hist 3001
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Interpretations of collective past as produced in public venues, including museum exhibitions, films, theme parks, and websites. Intellectual and political issues in history produced for public audiences. Career opportunities. prereq: instr consent
HIST 3001 - Public History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn 3001/AmSt 3003/Hist 3001
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Interpretations of collective past as produced in public venues, including museum exhibitions, films, theme parks, websites. Intellectual and political issues in history produced for public audiences. Career opportunities. prereq: instr consent
AMST 3212 - Dissident Sexualities in U.S. History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmSt 3212/GLBT 3212/Hist 3212
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
History of sexuality in United States. Emphasizes sexualities that have challenged dominant social/cultural norms. Development of transgender, bisexual, lesbian, gay identities/communities. Politics of sex across lines of race/ethnicity. Historical debates over controversial practices, including sex work.
GLBT 3212 - Dissident Sexualities in U.S. History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmSt 3212/GLBT 3212/Hist 3212
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
History of sexuality in United States. Emphasizes sexualities that have challenged dominant social/cultural norms. Development of transgender, bisexual, lesbian, gay identities/communities. Politics of sex across lines of race/ethnicity. Historical debates over controversial practices, including sex work.
HIST 3212 - Dissident Sexualities in U.S. History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmSt 3212/GLBT 3212/Hist 3212
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
History of sexuality in United States. Emphasizes sexualities that have challenged dominant social/cultural norms. Development of transgender, bisexual, lesbian, gay identities/communities. Politics of sex across lines of race/ethnicity. Historical debates over controversial practices, including sex work.
AMST 3361 - Asian Americans and Food
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AAS 3361/AmSt 3361
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Asian Americans have always been intimately connected to food practices and institutions in the American imagination. Food is the medium through which Asian American cultural difference, their status as "perpetual foreigners" and the "model minority character" are typically expressed and disseminated. Historically, Asian migration to the United States was fueled by labor needs particularly in the agricultural sector. In addition, Asian labor has been stereotypically linked to food service and preparation such as the ubiquitous Chinese take-out place and more recently, the sushi and Korean fusion joints. This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of food to better understand the historical, social, and cultural aspects of Asian American food preparation, distribution and consumption. Students will investigate the politics and poetics of Asian American foodways by examining social habits, and rituals around food in restaurants, homes and other public venues. The course texts include ethnographic essays, fictional works, memoirs, magazines, and television shows.
AAS 3361 - Asian Americans and Food
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AAS 3361/AmSt 3361
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Asian Americans have always been intimately connected to food practices and institutions in the American imagination. Food is the medium through which Asian American cultural difference--including their status as "perpetual foreigners" or their "model minority character"--are typically expressed and disseminated. Historically, Asian migration to the United States was fueled by labor needs particularly in the agricultural sector. In addition, Asian labor has been stereotypically linked to food service and preparation such as the ubiquitous Chinese take-out place and more recently, the sushi and Korean fusion joints. This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of food to better understand the historical, social, and cultural aspects of Asian American food preparation, distribution and consumption. Students will investigate the politics and poetics of Asian American foodways by examining social habits, and rituals around food in restaurants, homes and other public venues. The course texts include ethnographic essays, fictional works, memoirs, magazines, and television shows.
AMST 4101 - Gender, Sexuality, and Politics in America (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmSt 4101/GLBT 4101
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ways public and private life intersect through the issues of gender, sexuality, family, politics, and public life; ways in which racial, ethnic, and class divisions have been manifest in the political ideologies affecting private life.
GLBT 4101 - Gender, Sexuality, and Politics in America (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmSt 4101/GLBT 4101
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ways public and private life intersect through the issues of gender, sexuality, family, politics, and public life; ways in which racial, ethnic, and class divisions have been manifest in the political ideologies affecting private life.
AMST 5412 - Comparative Indigenous Feminisms (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn 5412/Chic 3412/GWSS 3515/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The course will examine the relationship between Western feminism and indigenous feminism as well as the interconnections between women of color feminism and indigenous feminism. In addition to exploring how indigenous feminists have theorized from 'the flesh' of their embodied experience of colonialism, the course will also consider how indigenous women are articulating decolonization and the embodiment of autonomy through scholarship, cultural revitalization, and activism.
AMIN 5412 - Comparative Indigenous Feminisms (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn 5412/Chic 3412/GWSS 3515/
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The course will examine the relationship between Western feminism and indigenous feminism as well as the interconnections between women of color feminism and indigenous feminism. In addition to exploring how indigenous feminists have theorized from 'the flesh' of their embodied experience of colonialism, the course will also consider how indigenous women are articulating decolonization and the embodiment of autonomy through scholarship, cultural revitalization, and activism.
ANTH 5412 - Comparative Indigenous Feminisms (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn 5412/Chic 3412/GWSS 3515/
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The course will examine the relationship between Western feminism and indigenous feminism as well as the inter connections between women of color feminism and indigenous feminism. In addition to exploring how indigenous feminists have theorized from 'the flesh' of their embodied experience of colonialism, the course will also consider how indigenous women are articulating decolonization and the embodiment of autonomy through scholarship, cultural revitalization, and activism.
CHIC 3412 - Comparative Indigenous Feminisms (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn 5412/Chic 3412/GWSS 3515/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The course will examine the relationship between Western feminism and indigenous feminism as well as the interconnections between women of color feminism and indigenous feminism. In addition to exploring how indigenous feminists have theorized from 'the flesh' of their embodied experience of colonialism, the course will also consider how indigenous women are articulating decolonization and the embodiment of autonomy through scholarship, cultural revitalization, and activism.
CHIC 5412 - Comparative Indigenous Feminisms (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn 5412/Chic 3412/GWSS 3515/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The course will examine the relationship between Western feminism and indigenous feminism as well as the interconnections between women of color feminism and indigenous feminism. In addition to exploring how indigenous feminists have theorized from 'the flesh' of their embodied experience of colonialism, the course will also consider how indigenous women are articulating decolonization and the embodiment of autonomy through scholarship, cultural revitalization, and activism.
GWSS 3515 - Comparative Indigenous Feminisms (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn 5412/Chic 3412/GWSS 3515/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The course will examine the relationship between Western feminism and indigenous feminism as well as the interconnections between women of color feminism and indigenous feminism. In addition to exploring how indigenous feminists have theorized from 'the flesh' of their embodied experience of colonialism, the course will also consider how indigenous women are articulating decolonization and the embodiment of autonomy through scholarship, cultural revitalization, and activism.