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Spring 2020 (Undergraduate)

AMST 150 (FGB) » America and the World

Instructor

Jeffrey Tripp

Course Description

This course examines formations of “America” in a global context, beginning with its emergence as a European colonial outpost imposed on indigenous peoples, to its emergence as an imperial and military power in the modern era. We will survey major world-historical events in which the U.S. has played key roles as well as consider the significant impacts that other world cultures have had on the American social, political, cultural and economic fabric (and vice versa). Central to the organization of this course is a consideration of race, class and gender as crucial axes for the formation of “America” and Americans.

Required Text(s)

  • Equiano, Olaudah. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African
  • Spiegelman, Art.  Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale
  • Spiegelman, Art.  Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale
  • Stannard, David.  American Holocaust
AMST 201 (DH) » An American Experience – Institutions and Movements

Instructor

TBA

Course Description

This interdisciplinary course examines diversity and changes in American lives and values in a historical context as manifested in social institutions and social movements. It introduces students to various types of primary sources (such as laws, sermons, political manifestoes, memoirs, music, popular culture, et cetera) and to different methods of reading and analyzing such materials. Using social and analytical categories such as race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality, the course examines several critical periods in U.S. history as well as situates Hawai‘i in the context of American experience. This course fulfills a Manoa Core humanities requirement.

Required Text(s)

  • Butler, Octavia E. Kindred.
  • Yang, Kao Kalia. The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir. 
  • Zinn, Howard.  A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present.
  • **All books are available at Revolution Books: 2626 King St #201, Honolulu, 96826
  • **Additional readings will be posted on the course website
AMST 202 (DH) » American Experience: Culture and the Arts

Instructor

TBA

Course Description

If contemplation of any aspect of America must include a consideration of culture, so too must any study of American culture include a discussion of the arts.  Surveying a variety of cultures practiced by people (s) (with) in America, this course investigates just what may be talking about when we use such words as “America,” “culture,” or “art,” and how our ideas about these words have developed.

Largely focusing on the ways in which power, beauty and belonging have been constructed, contemplated and asserted through the arts, we will conclude the semester by asking the question of whether we might analyze and shape our own lives — as people living (with) in America — as we might a piece of art?

Required Text(s)

The following may be purchased at the UH Bookstore.

  • Alexie, Sherman. Reservation Blues. New York: Grove Press, 2005.
  • Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. New York: Vintage International Press, 2007 ed (any older edition acceptable).
  • Yamashiro, Aiko and Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua, eds. The Value of Hawai‘i 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2014.
AMST 211 (DS) » Contemporary American Domestic Issues

Instructors

TBA

Course Description

This course explores contemporary American domestic topics by examining the intersectional senses of the “domestic” – the “American” and the “familial.”  Our course will mostly be rooted in the contemporary – from the 1970s to the present – however, the American decade 1950-1960, will inform our readings and academic inquiry.

In the spirit of American Studies, we will implement a wide-ranging archive-drama, short stories, cinematic texts, history, performance and reportage.  Stylistically this course echoes a seminar forum, which means you are expected to actively discuss our texts, as well as intellectually engage with your peers.  Attendance and participation are mandatory.  As a Writing Intensive course, you will need to actively read and write throughout the semester.

In our tour through the senses of American domesticity and its contradictory impulses of conformity and resistance, you will discover the domesticity in all of its rich ramifications is all around us – in the present, as well as significantly celebrated in our past.


AMST 212 (DS) » Contemporary American Global Issues

Instructor

TBA

Course Description

This course explores contemporary global issues within their historical, political, economic, and cultural contexts. It will track the influence of American values and institutions in the world and analyze how globalization has impacted and changed society. Key concepts for this course will include, but will not limited to, international inequality, imperialism, militarism and capitalism.

Course Requirements

Quizzes: 30% (Two lowest scores will not be counted)
Class Participation discussion and peer review: 20%
Leading class discussion: 10%
Four 4-pages analytical papers: 40%

Required Text(s)

  • Butler, Smedley D. War is a Racket. Washington: Feral House, 2003.
  • Foer, Jonathan Safran. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. New York: Mariner Books, 2011.
  • Louie, Miriam Ching Yoon. Sweatshop Warriors: Immigrant Women Workers Take on the Global Factor. Cambridge: South End Press, 2001.
  • Simon, Bryant. Everything but the Coffee: Learning about America from Starbucks. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.
  • Dower, John W. War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War (New York: Pantheon, 1987).
  • Kinzer, Stephen. Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq (New York: Times Books, 2006).
  • Sturken, Marita. Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero (Durham: Duke University Press, 2007).
AMST 220 (DH) » Introducation to Indigenous Studies

Instructor

TBA

Course Description

Interdisciplinary survey that examines the histories, politics, popular representations, self-representations, and contemporary issues of the indigenous peoples of the U.S. and its territories, including Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Kanaka Maoli, Chamorro, and Samoans. 

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 225 (DH) » Art and Social Change

Instructor

TBA

Course Description

Will analyze examples from the visual and performing arts, murals, digital art, film, poetry, and music, paying particular attention to the connections and influence upon social and political movements, both historically and today. 

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 310 (DH) » Japanese Americans: History, Culture, Lifestyles

Instructor

Dennis M. Ogawa

Course Description

Japanese American life in Hawaii and American society at large. Historical and cultural heritage. Biographical portraits, changing family ties, ethnic lifestyle, male and female relations, local identity and the nature of island living.

Course Requirements

  1. Oral Communication Assignments: 46%
  2. Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii Paper: 8%
  3. Quizzes: 6%
  4. Two Tests: 20%
  5. Final Examination: 20%

Required Text(s)

  • Ogawa, Dennis.  Jan Ken Po
  • Ogawa, Dennis.  Kodomo No Tame Ni
  • Various handouts (online)
AMST 316 (DH) » U.S. Womenʻs History (Crosslisted as HIST 361 and WS 311)

Instructor

Elizabeth Colwill

Course Description

History of U.S. women and gender relations.  Topics include womenʻs work in and outside the household, womenʻs involvement in social movements, changing norms about gender and sexuality, and shared and divergent experiences among woman. 

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 318 (DH) » Asian America

Instructor

Joyce Mariano

Course Description

This course broadens attention to the experiences and perspectives of Asian Americans through interrelated contexts of race, class, gender, policy, immigration, war, and citizenship.  We will work to understand how course materials highlight the dynamic dimensions of Asian America and the implications of how Asian America has been imagined both historically and today.

Required Text(s)

  • Carlos Bulosan, America is in the Heart: A Personal History
  • Yasutaro Soga, Life Behind Barbed Wire: The World War II Internment Memoirs of a Hawaii Issei
  • Jane Jeong Trenka, The Language of Blood: A Memoir 
AMST 319 (DH) » America, Hawaiʻi and World War II

Instructor

Dennis Ogawa

Course Description

Examines WWII as a watershed in American and Hawaiʻi history and outlook from a humanities perspective.  Topics include: Pearl Harbor, American concentration camps and the question of war and peace.

Required Text(s)

Handouts to be posted on Laulima

AMST 325 (DH) » Religion and Law in the United States (Cross-listed as POLS 325)

Instructor

Kathleen Sands

Course Description

This course introduces students to Church-State jurisprudence in the United States, with particular attention to the difficulty of defining religion.  We begin by mastering constitutional concepts that underlie religion jurisprudence.  Then, by studying key Supreme Court cases, we gain perspective on the development and present state of the law.  In the final part of the course, students engage in a group project concerning on a case or controversy that highlights the limitations of, contradictions in, and prospects for “religion” as a constitutional concept.  Your final paper will be your own opinion on the issue presented by your group.

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 348 (DH) » American Design: An Historical Survey (online)

Instructor

TBA

Course Description

Examination of design in American culture over the last century.  Readings in industrial, graphic, interior, architectural, landscape, and user interface design used to study issues of gender, race, and class in the U.S.

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 352 (DH) » Screening Asian Americans (online)

Instructor

TBA

Course Description

Survey of Asian and Asian American representations in American film and television from the silent era to the present, with an emphasis an Orientalism and multiculturalism, as well as performance and spectatorship.

AMST 353 (DH) » Indigenous Lands and Waters

Instructor

Brandy McDougall

Course Description

Examines indigenous practices born of and located in Indigenous places.  Analyzes how indigenous knowledge of place informs Indigeous culture, linguistic, intellectual, and political survivance and sovereignty, and resistance. 

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 360 (DH) » American Cinema

Instructor

Jonna Eagle

Course Description

Introductory history of American cinema from the silent to the digital era, with an emphasis on criticism, genre and style, as well as cultural and sociopolitical context. 

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 365 (DH) » American Empire (Crosslisted as HIST 379)

Instructor

Suzanna Reiss

Course Description

Examines the interplay between an “American culture of empire” and the rise of the U.S. as a superpower. Topics: imperialism and political culture, social movements and international affairs, race, gender and class relations. 

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 383 (DH) » American Studies Approach

Instructor

Robert Perkinson

Course Description

Materials and methods for the study of American life and thought. AMST majors only.

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 431 (DH) » History of American Workers (Crosslisted as HIST 477)

Instructor

James Kraft

Course Description

Conditions of labor major phases of American development; response of labor and community to changing work environment.  Capitalism, unionism, race, gender, law, etc. Emphasis on 20th century.

Course Requirements

TBA

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 440 (DH) » Race and Racism in America (Crosslisted as HIST 476)

Instructor

Robert Perkinson

Course Description

Racial ideas and ideologies, and their effects throughout American history.

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 455 (DL) » U.S. Womenʻs Literature and Culture (Cross-listed as ENG 455 and WS 445)

Instructor

Elizabeth Colwill

Course Description

Reading of selected works of U.S. womenʻs literature and cultural texts (such as art and film).  Emphasis on historical and cultural context and diverse expressions of womenʻs gendered identities.

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 457 (DH) » Museum Interpretations (Cross-listed as ART 481)

Instructor

Karen Kosasa

Course Description

This course focuses on the interpretive practices of museums and related institutions in the continental U.S., Hawai‘i, and other parts of the world. Museum exhibitions can become sites of public controversies and battles over the “politics of representation.” Individual viewers or whole communities may feel that a particular display undermines “traditional family values” or inappropriately challenges long-held beliefs about a nation’s history. Others may feel that a curator’s interpretive framework inadvertently denigrates a minority community or overlooks the importance of ethnic, racial, class, gender, or sexual differences. Thus, museum professionals must carefully consider and examine the ethical dimensions of their institutional practices. Through readings on a wide range of related subjects, brief lectures, discussions, field trips, and writing assignments, the class will engage with theoretical, historical, ethical, and practical issues. Students will develop skills to analyze interpretive programs as well as practice writing labels and developing didactic materials for visitors. The course is structured to weave back and forth between the study of three distinct but related activities: 1) the interpretation or representation of objects and phenomena by museum professionals, 2) the reception of the interpretative materials by museum visitors, and 3) the ethical implications of the interpretive materials produced by museums. Museums are dependent on staff members who combine strong conceptual, analytical, research, and writing skills, along with creative problem-solving abilities and a knowledge of the contemporary ethical issues facing the profession. Multiple opportunities to develop these skills and abilities will be available throughout the semester. Students who take this course may be inspired to work within museums in the future as professionals or volunteers; to develop projects as artists; or to participate in programs as informed visitors and patrons.

Course Requirements

  • In-class: Learning Log Entries
  • Three 1-2 page: Interpretive Exhibition Texts
  • Four 2 page papers: Response Papers, Interpretive Exhibition Critiques
  • One 3 page Critical Paper (plus rewrite of this paper)
  • One 1 page Peer Review of critical paper
  • One 1/2 page Final Project Proposal Final Project: Development of an exhibition proposal, narrative tour, research paper or related project. This project must be well researched and related to the class material. Students are expected to submit a written proposal to initiate the project and make an oral presentation

Required Text(s)

  • Luke, Timothy. Museum Politics: Power Plays at the Exhibition. 
  • Serrell, Beverly. Exhibit Labels: An Interpretive Approach. 
  • Course Reader. (Instructions for purchasing the reader will be given in class.)
AMST 474 (DH) » Preservation: Hawaii, Asia, and the Pacific (Cross-listed as ARCH 474)

Instructor

Jeffrey Tripp

Course Description

This O-focused course is an overview of issues in conservation and historic preservation facing peoples of Hawai‘i, Asia, and the Pacific.  The course covers the range of historic and cultural resources found in the region, steps taken in the past to preserve these resources and present threats to their preservation.  Issues of past colonial interventions, the rights of indigenous peoples to have a say in what is preserved and how, and the means by which traditional cultures might best be saved and recognized are treated in detail throughout the course.

Although significant emphasis is placed upon examples of tangible cultural and historic resources-buildings, structures, landscapes, and archaeological sites-more recently identified cultural preservation issues, as embedded in language, food, ceremonies, and other cultural practices, will also feature in course readings, lectures, and discussion.

Course Requirements

Readings/discussions (O-focus): 10% (O-focus 5%)
Book report (O-focus): 20% (O-focus 10%)
Country/Regional Reports (O-focus): 20% (O-focus 10%)
Mid-term exam: 10%
Research paper/Final Pres. (O-focus): 30% (O-focus 15%)
Final exam: 10%

Required Text(s)

  • Norman tyler.  Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practice, 2nd ed. New York: Norton, 2009.
  • UNESCO Office Bangkok and Regional Bureau for Education in Asia and the Pacific; University of Hawai‘i (USA). School of Travel Industry Management, IMPACT: The Effects of Tourism on Culture and the Environment in Asia and the Pacific; Tourism and Heritage Site Management, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, Bangkok: UNESCO Office Bangkok, 2004. Available on line.
  • COURSE READER on-line on Laulima
  • Bannick, Nancy and David Cheever. A Close Call: Saving Chinatown. Honolulu: Hawaii Architectural Foundation and Historic Hawaii Foundation 2005. Reserve. Available on Laulima
AMST 484 » Senior Capstone Project

Instructor

Joyce Mariano

Course Description

Capstone course for American studies students to undertake a major research-based project.  AMST majors only.

Fall 2019 (Undergraduate)

AMST 111 » Introduction to American Studies Writing

Instructor

Robert Perkinson

Course Description

Introduction to different types of college-level writing and information literacy with a focus on American culture and society.

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 150 (FGB) » America and the World

Instructor

Jeffrey Tripp

Course Description

This course examines formations of “America” in a global context, beginning with its emergence as a European colonial outpost imposed on indigenous peoples, to its emergence as an imperial and military power in the modern era. We will survey major world-historical events in which the U.S. has played key roles as well as consider the significant impacts that other world cultures have had on the American social, political, cultural and economic fabric (and vice versa). Central to the organization of this course is a consideration of race, class and gender as crucial axes for the formation of “America” and Americans.

Required Text(s)

  • Equiano, Olaudah. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African
  • Spiegelman, Art.  Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale
  • Spiegelman, Art.  Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale
  • Stannard, David.  American Holocaust
AMST 201 (W) » An American Experience – Institutions and Movements

Instructor

TBA

Course Description

This interdisciplinary course examines diversity and changes in American lives and values in a historical context as manifested in social institutions and social movements. It introduces students to various types of primary sources (such as laws, sermons, political manifestoes, memoirs, music, popular culture, et cetera) and to different methods of reading and analyzing such materials. Using social and analytical categories such as race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality, the course examines several critical periods in U.S. history as well as situates Hawai‘i in the context of American experience. This course fulfills a Manoa Core humanities requirement.

Required Text(s)

  • Butler, Octavia E. Kindred.
  • Yang, Kao Kalia. The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir. 
  • Zinn, Howard.  A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present.
  • **All books are available at Revolution Books: 2626 King St #201, Honolulu, 96826
  • **Additional readings will be posted on the course website
AMST 202 (W) » American Experience: Culture and the Arts

Instructor

TBA

Course Description

If contemplation of any aspect of America must include a consideration of culture, so too must any study of American culture include a discussion of the arts.  Surveying a variety of cultures practiced by people (s) (with) in America, this course investigates just what may be talking about when we use such words as “America,” “culture,” or “art,” and how our ideas about these words have developed.

Largely focusing on the ways in which power, beauty and belonging have been constructed, contemplated and asserted through the arts, we will conclude the semester by asking the question of whether we might analyze and shape our own lives — as people living (with) in America — as we might a piece of art?

Required Text(s)

The following may be purchased at the UH Bookstore.

  • Alexie, Sherman. Reservation Blues. New York: Grove Press, 2005.
  • Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. New York: Vintage International Press, 2007 ed (any older edition acceptable).
  • Yamashiro, Aiko and Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua, eds. The Value of Hawai‘i 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2014.
AMST 211 (W) » Contemporary American Domestic Issues

Instructors

TBA

Course Description

American domestic issues are full of conflicts that intersect with foreign affairs and enduring racial issues.  The objective of this course is to challenge students to consider American domestic issues in transnational contexts.  In order to do so, we will begin the semester reading some theoretical works that engage with US empire in transnational frameworks.  We will then read cultural productions that represent topics such as race and the Cold War and related theoretical articles. Students will be encouraged to reconsider the notions of the domestic and the foreign by critically interrogating the boundaries of America.


AMST 212 (W) » Contemporary American Global Issues

Instructor

TBA

Course Description

This interdisciplinary course explores contemporary global issues in historical, political, economic, and cultural contexts. It will track the influence of American values and institutions in the world and how globalization has changed society. Key concepts for this course will include, but will not limited to, international diplomacy, economic development, American militarism and environmental protection. This course is designed to draw on a variety of materials including historical monograph, film, literature, documentaries, current news reports and other primary source materials such as government documents.

AMST 220 (H,W) » Introduction to Indigenous Studies

Instructor

Brandy McDougall

Course Description

The lands that are now the United States and its territories have witnessed a long history of conquest against their Indigenous peoples.  Many of the details of this violent conquest are either absent from most American history textbooks, or when they are exploded, they are often discussed in terms of “the distant American past.”  By and large, this constructed history has resulted in a relegation of native peoples to the primitive past and/or an ambivalence toward various native groups in terms of their efforts to redress injustices, both historic and contemporary, and to maintain their inherent sovereignty.

Using film, literature, and scholarship, this interdisciplinary course aims to overturn these dominant constructions of history in order to explore contemporary issues of Indigenous cultural identity, representation, sovereignty, and legal frameworks.  For the purposes of this course, Indigenous Americans includes Native American tribes, Alaskan Natives, and Native Pacific and Atlantic Islanders whose lands are U.S. states, territories, or “freely associated” within the U.S.  We will examine the varied experiences and situations of Indigenous peoples in the United States, how indigeneity is framed dominant American culture, and the complex ways in which Indigenous Americans are made to continuously negotiate between traditional and settler cultures as they struggle for their lands, their rights, and their futures.

AMST 318 » Asian America (Cross-listed as ES 318)

Instructor

Brian Chung

Course Description

This course broadens attention to the experiences and perspectives of Asian Americans through interrelated contexts of race, class, gender, policy, immigration, war, and citizenship.  We will work to understand how course materials highlight the dynamic dimensions of Asian America and the implications of how Asian America has been imagined both historically and today.

Required Text(s)

  • Carlos Bulosan, America is in the Heart: A Personal History
  • Yasutaro Soga, Life Behind Barbed Wire: The World War II Internment Memoirs of a Hawaii Issei
  • Jane Jeong Trenka, The Language of Blood: A Memoir 
AMST 334 » Digital America: Online Communities and Virtual Worlds (Online)

Instructor

David Goldberg

Course Description

Seminar on the impact of the digital revolution and virtual communities on American culture and society, with an emphasis on questions of identity and participatory democracy.

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 340 (W)» War and Media

Instructor

Jonna Eagle

Course Description

How does media shape our understanding and experience of war?  What is the relationship between the waging of war and its cultural representation?  How do first-person shooter games, Hollywood blockbusters, and “embedded” newscasts relate to the longer history of war and media in American culture?  And what is their relationship to the changing technology of warfare itself?

In this course, we’ll explore these and other questions through the examination of a variety of media–including photography, print journalism, film, television, and videogames–as they have shaped popular representations and experiences of war from the Civil War through the present.  Among the issues we’ll consider are the relationship between technologies of representation and technologies of destruction; the significance of race and gender to the cultural representation of war; the ascendance of the military-entertainment complex; and the ethical implications of consuming images of suffering and violence.

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 345 (E, O) » Religion and Conflict in American History

Instructor

Kathleen Sands

Course Description

Over the course of American history, people have fought bitter, protracted, and often violent battles about religion, yet in retrospect these battles are represented as inexplicable.  This disjuncture between conflicts and their historical recollection reflects the contradictory metaphors through which Americans conceive the relationship between religion and public life.  Sometimes we imagine that religion and public life occupy separate spheres, as if divided by a wall; other times we imagine religion as the very foundation of public life.  By investigating selected historical examples, this course will show that most religious conflicts have been about foundational issues such as race relations, war, taxes, education, sex, wealth, and political influence.  When the conflict is ongoing, disputants defend their foundational claims in religious terms. But when the conflict ends, the losing side is force behind the metaphorical wall, and people begin to forget why they ever found it necessary to fight about “religion.”  In this course, we try to remember who was fighting, what they were fighting about, and what principles were at stake.

Course readings will be primary source materials (e.g., convent “escape narratives, “letters, autobiographies, speeches, court rulings, government reports, etc.) and among the important skills you will gain is the ability to independently tackle those original sources.  Your grade will be based on a midterm and final exam (30% each) and on your participation in Friday discussion sections (40%).  This course carries an E (Ethics) and an O (Oral Communication) Focus.

AMST 348 (E) » American Design: An Historical Survey (online)

Instructor

Will Temple

Course Description

Examination of design in American culture over the last century.  Readings in industrial, graphic, interior, architectural, landscape, and user interface design used to study issues of gender, race, and class in the U.S.

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 352 » Screening Asian Americans (Online)

Instructor

Keiko Fukunishi

Course Description

Survey of Asian and Asian American representations in American film and television from the silent era to the present, with an emphasis on Orientalism and multiculturalism, as well as performance and spectatorship.

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 373 (E) » Filipino Americans: History, Culture & Politics (Cross-listed as ES 373)

Instructor

Joyce Mariano

Course Description

An introduction to the study of Filipino Americans in the U.S. and the diaspora.  The course pays special attention to labor migration, cultural production and community politics.  Pre: sophomore standing.

AMST 423 (O) » History of American Architecture (cross-listed as ARCH 473)

Instructor

Jeffrey Tripp

Course Description

History of American architecture in terms of style, techniques, and symbolic meaning.

AMST 432 » Slavery and Freedom (Crosslisted as HIST 473)

Instructor

Elizabeth Colwill

Course Description

Examines the history of slavery, race, and abolition in the Americans from a comparative, global perspective, and traces the legacy of slavery in the post-emancipation societies of the New World.

AMST 442 » Social Movements

Instructor

Robert Perkinson

Course Description

Varieties of radicalism that have provided a continuing critique of prevailing values and structures.

AMST 483 (W) » Elements of Research

Instructor

Joyce Mariano

Course Description

Capstone course for American Studies students to undertake a major research and writing project.  Requires a 20 page minimum final research paper.  For AMST majors only.  Pre: consent.

AMST 499 » Readings in American Studies

Instructor

TBA

Course Description

Directed readings and research for majors. Pre: consent.

Spring 2020 (Graduate)

AMST 601 » Patterns of American Cultures

Instructor

Mari Yoshihara

Course Description

American cultural origins and development.

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 603 » Advanced Research and Professional Development

Instructor

Kathleen Sands

Course Description

Assist graduate students in producing dissertation proposals, chapters, theses, journal articles and other scholarly writing, while also fostering skills such as teaching, grant-seeking, and presenting papers at conferences.

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 625 » Material Culture

Instructor

Karen Kosasa

Course Description

The course will critically examine the mediated production of war and the militarized technology of media, surveying an archive of materials including print culture, photography, film, television, videogames, and digital media.  Alongside specific historical conflicts, narratives, images, and films, issues will include: the intimate relationship between technologies of perception and destruction; the ascendance of aerial vision and its function in present-day drone warfare; the emergence and consolidation of the military-entertainment complex; and the ethical implications of representing and consuming images of war.  In addition to popular representations and dominant technologies that produce and normalize war, we’ll consider the possibility of oppositional modes of mediated engagement with the spectacle of violence.

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 632 » Mass Media

Instructor

Jonna Eagle

Course Description

Appraisal of major media of communications in American society with attention to political, educational, cultural, and ethical implications.

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 645 » Historic Preservation (Cross-listed as ANTH 645)

Instructor

Sara Collins

Course Description

A complete suite of Federal, State, and local laws and regulations govern the protection and treatment of historic properties.  The intent of these laws is to encourage the wise management and preservation of these significant resources.  In the first part of the seminar, the major environmental ad historic preservation laws and associated regulations will be reviewed and discussed.  In particular, we will be looking at the differences and similarities between Federal and State law, including where and when each set of laws is applied.  In the second half of the course we will analyze and assess historic preservation law in the larger contexts of environmental law and policy, and societal norms and expectations; topics to be covered will include a repatriation, curation and archives, and international historic preservation issues.

The class itself will be a combination of lecture by the instructor and discussion of the readings by all present.

Course Requirements

Attending every class and participating in discussion: 25%
Completion of weekly reading assignment prior to class and submission of written summaries of the readings the day before class: 15%
Class field trip to downtown Honolulu to see historic properties and discuss their regulatory histories: 10%
Final research paper and presentation of the paper topic to the class: 50%
Project and Final Presentation: 35%

Required Text(s)

  • Thomas F. King.  Cultural Resource Laws and Practice: an Introductory Guide ( 4rd Ed). Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira Press, 2012
  • Michael A. Tomlan. Historic Preservation: Caring for Our Expanding Legacy. Springer: New York, NY, 2015
AMST 650 » Field Mastery

Instructor

Kathleen Sands

Course Description

AMST 650 is designed for Ph.D. students to reinforce and deepen content knowledge in the general field of  American Studies and in specialized subfields within American Studies.  By the time that Ph.D. students begin their dissertations, students are expected to have engaged at a sophisticated level with the major themes, problems, and interdisciplinary methods of the field of American Studies, and to have developed specializations in two subfields that will serve as their professional teaching and research fields.

AMST 650, offered each semester with variable content, aims to provide students with a defined pathway toward field mastery, and thus to facilitate progress to degree.  To prepare for the qualifying examination, students read 40-50 texts in their major field, and in each of two subfields under the supervision of a faculty member.  Each of the three fields requires intensive preparation.  By consequence, advanced Ph.D. students will be permitted to register for this course, with different content, up to three times (up to 9 credits)–each with a separate field adviser.

AMST 650 involves substantial intellectual content and regular meetings with a faculty member, receives a letter grade, and counts toward the 45-credits required for the Ph.D. It requires the approval and signature of the supervising instructor and the graduate chair prior to receipt of the CRN.

To register

  • Obtain the 650 Form and the Ph.D Qualifying Exam Fields Approval Form from the graduate coordinator or the AMST website;
  • Obtain the consent of professor who will supervise the field, in person or via email;
  • Consult with the supervising professor concerning the specific texts and writing assignments required for completion of AMST 650 in that field.
  • Complete the forms, and obtain first the professor’s, and then the graduate chair’s signatures;
  • Give the forms to the graduate coordinator, who will provide the CRN needed to register for one or more 650s.
AMST 685 » Museums and Education (Cross-listed as EDCS 685)

Instructor

Noelle Kahanu

Course Description

Museums and related sites (e.g., art galleries, historic homes, parks, festivals) hold important roles in civil society.  Through their exhibitions and programs they represent and shape a culture’s knowledge about itself and the surrounding world.  This course will examine museums as educational institutions and the significance of informal leaning in helping to build a vibrant, informed, and participatory society.  Students will be introduced to a constellation of topics that will enable them to evaluate the educational effectiveness of museums by looking at national museum policies/mandates, theories of learning, critical pedagogical practice,  museum education programs, visitor studies and audience research, innovative art curricula, and new technologies and online learning.

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 686 » Museum Studies Practicum

Instructor

Karen Kosasa

Course Description

This course is designed as the final requirement for the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies. It is generally taken as the last course in the sequence of required courses for the certificate, although students may be enrolled simultaneously in the Practicum/Internship and other courses in the program. This course is restricted to “majors” in the Museums Studies Graduate Certificate Program.

The Practicum/Internship is intended to advance the student’s knowledge of the field of museum work and to provide an opportunity to research areas of special interest. Since the course is meant to be of a practical character, students are encouraged to take advantage of work-related opportunities in museums and related places (art galleries, historic sites, parks, zoos, aquariums, festivals, etc.). Students should consider new areas of exploration, or build on and consolidate projects in which they have had prior involvement. The Practicum/Internship may include research reports for non-profit organizations, research projects for museum exhibits or collections, or other similar activities.

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 690 » Research Seminar

Instructor

A Hedge Coke

Course Description

TBA

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 695 (Restriction: Instructor Approval) » Historic Preservation Practicum

Instructor

Jeff Tripp

Course Description

The Practicum/Internship is the final requirement for the Certificate in Historic Preservation. It is restricted to “majors” in the Historic Preservation Program and is generally taken as the last course in the sequence of required courses for the certificate, although students may be enrolled simultaneously for the Practicum/Internship and other courses in the program. Students not enrolled in the program may take the Practicum/Internship as part of their other studies, with the permission of the Director, although this is not encouraged.

To enroll in AmSt 695, you must submit a practicum/internship topic and proposal to the Director for approval. Upon receipt of approval, the student will be given a special approval code for registration.

The Practicum/Internship is intended to advance the student’s knowledge of the field and to research areas of special interest. Since the project is meant to be of a practical character, students are encouraged especially to take advantage of work-related opportunities in the field. Past Practica/Internships, for example, have included research reports carried out for Cultural Resource Management firms, studies conducted for non-profit organizations, research and exhibits undertaken for museums, and results of ongoing advocacy projects. Students should view the Practicum/Internship as an opportunity to explore areas they have never had an opportunity to consider, and to build on and consolidate projects in which they have had prior involvement.

Required Text(s)

TBA

AMST 699 Directed Readings/Research

American Studies 699V is a directed reading/directed research course. Such courses are not intended as routine alternatives to regular course offerings but rather as opportunities to explore themes and topics that are not covered in any available course within the American Studies Department or other departments within the University.

A directed reading/research 699 will be counted as a course towards an American Studies degree only if it carries 3 credits.

Students must first discuss with the graduate chairperson what is to be studied and with whom as well as justify why a 699 is the only feasible alternative.

Master and doctoral students are limited to three (3) credits to count towards their degree.

To enroll in a 699, you must obtain the consent of a particular professor with an expertise on the topic you wish to pursue. This professor may be in American Studies or in any department. Within a week after registration, you must submit to the department office a one-page account of the work to be done. This account must contain the following:

    1. The theme or topic to be explored
    1. The nature of the work to be done
    1. Grade Options (letter grade or CR/NC)
    1. Justification as to why 699 is the only feasible alternative
    1. The list of books to be read (if a directed reading course)
    1. The number of credits to be awarded
    1. The basis upon which the credits are to be awarded–a paper, exam, etc.
  1. Include information on the frequency of student/professor meetings.

This one-page account must be signed by you, the professor, and the graduate chair and submitted to the American Studies Department Office (Moore 324). Without it, you will lose the right to have your directed work count towards your degree. Procedure for Registration: You may obtain appropriate forms/approvals from the American Studies Department office (Moore 324) or download these forms.

Directed Reading Consent Form
Directed Reading Approval Form

AMST 700 Thesis Research

Before registering for a Thesis 700 (for Plan A students only), the student must have completed and obtained an approved thesis committee approved/thesis topic/proposal progress form from Graduate Division.

If the above have not been submitted and approved by Graduate Division, the CRN for AmSt 700 WILL NOT BE ISSUED. Please see graduate chair (in Moore 324) one month prior to registration to process the necessary forms.

NOTE

Master’s Plan A students MUST register in 700 in the semester they plan to graduate.

AMST 800 Dissertation Research

Before a doctoral student can register for a Dissertation 800 course, the student must have achieved the following:

    1. Passed the written and oral qualifying examination
    1. Received approval of doctoral committee/dissertation topic/proposal
  1. Passed the oral comprehensive examination

The CRN for AmSt 800 WILL NOT BE ISSUED unless all the above have been completed.

NOTE

Doctoral students MUST register in 800 in the semester they plan to graduate.

Fall 2019 (Graduate)

AMST 600 » Approaches to American Studies

Instructor

Jonna Eagle

Course Description

This seminar covers the basic historiography of American Studies and introduces students to the theoretical frameworks and methodological tools used in the field. Tracing the key moments in American Studies historiography from the “myth and symbol” school of the 1950s-1960s to the transnational approaches to American experiences taken in recent years, we will examine how the interdisciplinary projects of American Studies have developed through generations of scholarship. Topics include: intellectual and ideological origins of American Studies; Marxist traditions and social history; the crisis of the canon and issues of “representation”; theorizing identities and communities; and re-situating American Studies in the age of transnationalism and globalization; locating Hawai’i in American Studies. Readings are organized into thematic clusters: (1) images, representations, narratives; (2) identities, communities, cultures; and (3) nation, state, empire. Through the study of both classic and recent texts in the field, students will gain familiarity with the field of American Studies and various interdisciplinary research methods as well as acquire the skills of critical reading, analytical thinking, and academic writing.

Required Text(s)

  • Henry Nash Smith, Virgin Land: The American West as Symbol and Myth (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, [1950] 1978)
  • Melani McAlister, Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, & U.S. Interests in the Middle East since 1945 Updated ed. (Berkeley: University of California, [2001] 2015)
  • Erika Doss, Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010)
  • Heather Diamond, American Aloha: Cultural Tourism and the Negotiation of Tradition (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2008)
  • Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic : Modernity and Double-Consciousness (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1993)
  • Saidiya Hartman, Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2007)
  • Nayan Shah, Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality, and the Law in the North American West (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012)
  • Ty P. Kãwika Tengan, Native Men Remade: Gender and National in Contemporary Hawai’i (Durham: Duke University Press, 2008)
  • Lisa Lowe, The Intimacies of Four Continents (Durham: Duke University Press, 2015)
  • Laura Brigges, Somebody’s Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption (Durham: Duke University Press, 2012)
  • Inderpal Grewal, Saving the Security State: Exceptional Citizens in Twenty-First-Century America (Durham: Duke University Press, 2017)
  • Adria Imada, Aloha American: Hula Circuits through the U.S. Empire (Durham: Duke University Press, 2012)
  • American Quarterly special issue, “Pacific Currents: (2015)
  • American Quarterly special issue, “Tours of Duty, Tours of Leisure” (2016)
  • American Quarterly special issue, “The Chinese Factor” (2017)
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AMST 603 » Advanced Research and Professional Development

Instructor

Kathleen Sands

Course Description

Prepares advanced graduate students to present original research findings to colleagues, write for peer review, design undergraduate classes in their areas of expertise, and participate actively in their fields.

AMST 616» Gender and the African Diaspora

Instructor

Elizabeth Colwill

Course Description

Explores the impact of the African Diaspora on the cultures and histories of the Americas through interdiscplinary and feminist scholarship and cultural sources including fiction, foodways, film, poetry, religion, music, and dance.

AMST 620» Indigenous Identity

Instructor

Brandy McDougall

Course Description

Interdisciplinary and comparative focus on how Indigenous identity is constructed, negotiated, asserted, ascribed, and deconstructed within and without Indigenous communities with attention to the U.S.

AMST 650 » Field Mastery

Instructor

Kathleen Sands

Course Description

AMST 650 is designed for Ph.D. students to reinforce and deepen content knowledge in the general field of  American Studies and in specialized subfields within American Studies.  By the time that Ph.D. students begin their dissertations, students are expected to have engaged at a sophisticated level with the major themes, problems, and interdisciplinary methods of the field of American Studies, and to have developed specializations in two subfields that will serve as their professional teaching and research fields.

AMST 650, offered each semester with variable content, aims to provide students with a defined pathway toward field mastery, and thus to facilitate progress to degree.  To prepare for the qualifying examination, students read 40-50 texts in their major field, and in each of two subfields under the supervision of a faculty member.  Each of the three fields requires intensive preparation.  By consequence, advanced Ph.D. students will be permitted to register for this course, with different content, up to three times (up to 9 credits)–each with a separate field adviser.

AMST 650 involves substantial intellectual content and regular meetings with a faculty member, receives a letter grade, and counts toward the 45-credits required for the Ph.D. It requires the approval and signature of the supervising instructor and the graduate chair prior to receipt of the CRN.

To register

  • Obtain the 650 Form and the Ph.D Qualifying Exam Fields Approval Form from the graduate coordinator or the AMST website;
  • Obtain the consent of professor who will supervise the field, in person or via email;
  • Consult with the supervising professor concerning the specific texts and writing assignments required for completion of AMST 650 in that field.
  • Complete the forms, and obtain first the professor’s, and then the graduate chair’s signatures;
  • Give the forms to the graduate coordinator, who will provide the CRN needed to register for one or more 650s.
AMST 675 » Preservation: Theory & Practice (Cross-listed as ARCH 628/PLAN 675)

Instructor

Don Hibbard

Course Description

The course serves as a basic introduction to the field of historic preservation.  Students will be introduced to the language of the field, will come to understand key concepts and assumptions and will become familiar with the overall background of the subject.  Emphasis will be placed on the history of historic preservation in the U.S. and in other countries, on basic theoretical precepts and on current practice. Subjects include the role of house museums in historic preservation, historic districts and their regulation, architectural and other resource surveys, the National Register program, historic preservation law, the relationship of preservation to planning, the economics of preservation and landscape and rural preservation. Historic preservation, as students will come to realize, is a many-faceted subject, touching upon art, social values, economics and law.  However, the discipline remains strongly tied to architecture and planning; and these core interests will continue to take priority in the course.

Course Requirements

The course combines lectures and in-class discussions that build a knowledge base intended to support your completion of a Preservation Research Project.  Students will be expected to attend class sessions and participate in discussions and question periods. Weekly reading assignments will serve as a basis for classroom discussions; so students are expected to come to class prepared. Participation in classroom discussions will constitute a significant portion of your class grade.  This course also includes a Mid-Term Term Exam and a Research Project, which will serve as a Final Exam.  The Research Project may be a draft of a National Register nomination OR a 10-12 page Research Paper on a Preservation Site or Issue of your choice.  The grading will be based on the following:

1. Participation 30%
2. Mid-term Exam 30%
3. Research Project (with Preservation) 40%

Required Text(s)

1. William J. Murtagh, Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America, Revised ed., New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1997. [original edition (Sterling Publishing/Main Street) may be used].

2. Robert E. Stipe, A Richer Heritage: Historic Preservation in the 21st Century, Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2003.

3. A Course Reader is also required and is available either for download or purchase at Marketing and Publications Services (MAPs), Curriculum Research & Development Group.  A copy will also be available for download on laulima.

Supplemental Texts (not required for purchase)

1. Robert E. Stipe and Antoinette J. Lee, The American Mosaic: Preserving a Nation’s Heritage, Washington, D.C.: US/ICOMOS, 1987.

2. National Park Service, U.S. Dept. of Interior, Respectful Rehabilitation, Washington, D.C., 1982 [now out of print, available in on-line edition through NPS, Heritage Programs]

AMST 679» Elements of Style (Cross-listed as ARCH 679)

Instructor

Ralph Kam

Course Description

The manifestations, visual characteristics, and social/cultural meaning of “style” in American architecture and decorative arts from the early settlement period through the present.

AMST 683 » Museums: Theory, History, Practice

Instructor

Karen Kosasa

Course Description

This class is designed to introduce students to a range of theoretical, historical, and practical issues important to the study of museums and related places (art galleries, historic sites, aquariums, and parks). Museums are knowledge-producing institutions that orchestrate the experiences of visitors through the collection and organization of exhibition materials. Students will utilize theories and methodologies from a wide range of fields (museology, art history, anthropology, geography, cultural studies, literary criticism) to analyze the links between the function and practices of museums and the production of cultural knowledge, especially by privileged social groups. In the past, successful exhibits effaced all evidence of the pedagogical objectives and efforts of their makers. Hence, museums appeared to simply present and not interpret what they exhibited and their institutional authority allowed their interpretations to be accepted as “universal truths.”

In recent years, museums have undergone significant changes. Along with shifts in the study of collections, design of exhibitions, and educational programming, museums are rethinking their relationship and obligations to the communities represented in their collections. According to Eilean Hooper-Greenhill, museums are moving from being “sites of authority” to becoming “sites of mutuality.” Many are actively soliciting the views and needs of social groups previously ignored or considered unimportant. Some have actively or inadvertently challenged widely-held social practices and beliefs. In these instances, they have been at the frontlines of “culture wars,” becoming embattled sites over the role of public institutions, government funding, and diverse viewpoints. This course will examine these recent shifts and some of the theoretical and pragmatic issues that underlie them—the politics of representation, the importance of visual practices/culture, and legal and ethical problems concerning access to and ownership of cultural objects and collections.

In an early section students will briefly look at the history of museums in Western Europe, especially the emergence of large exhibition halls in the nineteenth century which offered new state-sanctioned forms of entertainment and education to lower- and middle-class visitors. In another section it will review issues pertinent to museums and colonial history in Hawai‘i, and efforts to consider the “Host Culture” and Native Hawaiian views on museums, collections, and the growth of cultural tourism. Finally, students will consider pragmatic issues concerning museum governance, management, planning, ethics, and public policy. While this class will focus most of its attention on museums in Western Europe and the United States, it will also examine institutions and cultural centers in other geographic locations.

AMST 684 » Museums and Collections

Instructor

Karen Kosasa

Course Description

Work of museums and professionals (registrars, collections managers, conservators, curators ad others) in the care of collections, interpretive studies of museum displays and collections and field trips.  Pre: 683 (or concurrent) or consent.

AMST 686 (Restriction: Instructor Approval) » Museums Studies Practicum

Instructor

Karen Kosasa

Course Description

This course is designed as the final requirement for the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies. It is generally taken as the last course in the sequence of required courses for the certificate, although students may be enrolled simultaneously in the Practicum/Internship and other courses in the program. This course is restricted to “majors” in the Museums Studies Graduate Certificate Program.

The Practicum/Internship is intended to advance the student’s knowledge of the field of museum work and to provide an opportunity to research areas of special interest. Since the course is meant to be of a practical character, students are encouraged to take advantage of work-related opportunities in museums and related places (art galleries, historic sites, parks, zoos, aquariums, festivals, etc.). Students should consider new areas of exploration, or build on and consolidate projects in which they have had prior involvement. The Practicum/Internship may include research reports for non-profit organizations, research projects for museum exhibits or collections, or other similar activities.

AMST 695 (Restriction: Instructor Approval) » Historic Preservation Practicum

Instructor

jeffrey Tripp

Course Description

The Practicum/Internship is the final requirement for the Certificate in Historic Preservation. It is restricted to “majors” in the Historic Preservation Program and is generally taken as the last course in the sequence of required courses for the certificate, although students may be enrolled simultaneously for the Practicum/Internship and other courses in the program. Students not enrolled in the program may take the Practicum/Internship as part of their other studies, with the permission of the Director, although this is not encouraged.

To enroll in AmSt 695, you must submit a practicum/internship topic and proposal to the Director for approval. Upon receipt of approval, the student will be given a special approval code for registration.

The Practicum/Internship is intended to advance the student’s knowledge of the field and to research areas of special interest. Since the project is meant to be of a practical character, students are encouraged especially to take advantage of work-related opportunities in the field. Past Practica/Internships, for example, have included research reports carried out for Cultural Resource Management firms, studies conducted for non-profit organizations, research and exhibits undertaken for museums, and results of ongoing advocacy projects. Students should view the Practicum/Internship as an opportunity to explore areas they have never had an opportunity to consider, and to build on and consolidate projects in which they have had prior involvement.

Course Requirements

    • The practicum should seek to apply general preservation theory to the student’s specific discipline.
    • Internships must be taken with an organizational entity such as a public or private agency or an architectural or planning firm which is involved in some aspect of preservation.
    • Selection of internship program and affiliated organization or agency must be approved by the director.
    • Internship activities shall involve exploration and application of knowledge gained in course work of the Historic Preservation Certificate Program.
    • Students are expected to devote between 8-10 hours per week to the internship plus a biweekly meeting with the faculty member in charge, alternating with a biweekly meeting with the contact of the sponsoring entity.
    • The individual shall record the process undertaken.
    • At the completion of the internship, the student shall submit a copy of the internship report or project to complete the practicum to the Director.
  • The practicum may be taken at any time after the completion of American Studies 675 (628/421/410). It may be undertaken during the academic year or during summer.
AMST 699 Directed Readings/Research

American Studies 699V is a directed reading/directed research course. Such courses are not intended as routine alternatives to regular course offerings but rather as opportunities to explore themes and topics that are not covered in any available course within the American Studies Department or other departments within the University.

A directed reading/research 699 will be counted as a course towards an American Studies degree only if it carries 3 credits.

Students must first discuss with the graduate chairperson what is to be studied and with whom as well as justify why a 699 is the only feasible alternative.

Master and doctoral students are limited to three (3) credits to count towards their degree.

To enroll in a 699, you must obtain the consent of a particular professor with an expertise on the topic you wish to pursue. This professor may be in American Studies or in any department. Within a week after registration, you must submit to the department office a one-page account of the work to be done. This account must contain the following:

    1. The theme or topic to be explored
    1. The nature of the work to be done
    1. Grade Options (letter grade or CR/NC)
    1. Justification as to why 699 is the only feasible alternative
    1. The list of books to be read (if a directed reading course)
    1. The number of credits to be awarded
    1. The basis upon which the credits are to be awarded–a paper, exam, etc.
  1. Include information on the frequency of student/professor meetings.

This one-page account must be signed by you, the professor, and the graduate chair and submitted to the American Studies Department Office (Moore 324). Without it, you will lose the right to have your directed work count towards your degree. Procedure for Registration: You may obtain appropriate forms/approvals from the American Studies Department office (Moore 324) or download these forms.

Directed Reading Consent Form
Directed Reading Approval Form

AMST 700 Thesis Research

Before registering for a Thesis 700 (for Plan A students only), the student must have completed and obtained an approved thesis committee approved/thesis topic/proposal progress form from Graduate Division.

If the above have not been submitted and approved by Graduate Division, the CRN for AmSt 700 WILL NOT BE ISSUED. Please see graduate chair (in Moore 324) one month prior to registration to process the necessary forms.

NOTE

Master’s Plan A students MUST register in 700 in the semester they plan to graduate.

AMST 800 Dissertation Research

Before a doctoral student can register for a Dissertation 800 course, the student must have achieved the following:

    1. Passed the written and oral qualifying examination
    1. Received approval of doctoral committee/dissertation topic/proposal
  1. Passed the oral comprehensive examination

The CRN for AmSt 800 WILL NOT BE ISSUED unless all the above have been completed.

NOTE

Doctoral students MUST register in 800 in the semester they plan to graduate.