Upcoming Courses

Fall 2024

For guidance about the following couress, please connect with Laura Browder, American studies coordinator or other AMST faculty. 

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  • AMST 201 Introduction to American Studies

    TR 3:00-4:15 pm, Brauer

    What does it mean to be American? This course addresses this central question through an examination of U.S. culture and society. It introduces key concepts such as individualism, community, citizenship, and identity. 

  • AMST 298 Digital Humanities

    W 1:30-4:15, Wigard

    Brings together computational methods with humanities questions. Explores the possibilities and limits of methods such as data visualization, network analysis, and text analysis for analyzing humanities data and modes of communication for scholarly arguments. Asks questions about computation, data, and digital methods. 
  • AMST 381 Latinx on Stage

    W 3:00-5:45pm, Herrera

    This community-based learning course will examine how Latinx practitioners use the arts as a tool or social change. We will engage with visual art, music, poetry, theater, and performance to make sense of the socio-political realities experienced by Latinxs and examine how they deploy anti-racist and decolonizing practices into their work. Using orality, visuality, movement, and performance as strategies of hope, resistance, and liberation, their work pushes against normative standards, generates alternative narratives of being, and creates a more just world. From commemorative performances to interventionist performances, we will wrestle with issues that invite us to think in new ways about gender, race, and the construction of Latinx identities by engaging with theoretical concepts such as anti-racism, colonization, decolonization, Afro-diasporicity, borders, hybridity, homeland, feminism, citizenship, migration, and climate justice.

  • AMST 391 Liberia and Quest for Freedom

    W 3:00-5:30 pm, Masterson and Palmer

    This experiential learning course explores Virginia’s part in "settling" what eventually became the West African country of Liberia. The University of Richmond has historical ties to the white Christian colonization movement of the 1800s that established Liberia as a type of homeland for free people of African descent. Of the roughly 15,000 people who escaped American slavery and Jim Crow laws through this colonization process, more were from Virginia than any other state. Students will explore artifacts, tap newly available databases, and interview stakeholders (historians, archivists, researchers, and descendants) to journalistically craft publication-quality stories about the people and events of this era. 

  • AMST 398 Data and Society

    TR 10:30-11:45 or 1:30-2:45 pm, Wigard

    This course will introduce you to thinking deeply and critically about how we create, apply, and analyze
    data, as well as how these processes affect our daily lives, and even how data affect society at large.
    In this course, we will develop our analytical abilities to identify and assess data and its social impact. 

  • Electives
    To view a complete list of electives, click here. You should see a document and table with course information and any prerequisites noted.