Introduction to different types of college-level writing through analyses of contemporary American culture and to the main themes and approaches used in American studies and the humanities.
Literature and modern media; visual and performing arts; material culture and architecture; foodways and ritual as meaning-making processes that have shaped the diverse identities, spaces, and communities of the Americas. Writing emphasis, interdisciplinary perspectives.
A research seminar on the study of Filipino Americans. Special themes in film/video/media, the performing arts, or literature may be offered. Pre: junior standing
or consent. (Cross-listed as ES 443)
American art in the first half of the 20th century and its impact on American culture. Junior standing or higher. Pre: ART 176 or consent. (Alt. years: fall) (Cross-listed as ART 460)
Study and documentation of existing buildings, structures, sites of historic and/or cultural significance, including field measurements and drawings, historical research, photo documentation, and preparation of archival drawings to be deposited in the Library of Congress. Documentation conducted according to standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey/ Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/ HAER). Repeatable three times, up to 24 credits. AMST, ARCH, and HIS majors only. Pre: consent. (Cross-listed as ARCH 472)
Capstone course for American studies students to undertake a major research-based project. AMST majors only. Pre: consent.
Themes, problems, and issues not addressed in other American studies undergraduate courses, focused within these areas: (B) social structure and interaction; (D) arts and environment. Repeatable one time. Pre: junior standing or consent for (D).
Directed readings and research for majors. Pre: consent.
Introductory survey of methodological issues underlying research in American studies.
American cultural origins and development.
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. Graduate students only. A-F only. Pre: (600 and 601) with a minimum grade of B-.
Interdisciplinary approach to understanding early American culture and history. Repeatable one time. Pre: graduate standing or consent. (Alt. years) (Cross-listed as HIST 632B)
The Asian American experience from an interdisciplinary and humanities perspective. Asian American history, literature, media, and theater arts. Comparative study of Hawai‘i and the Continental U.S.
Historical/contemporary status of women in the U.S.; women’s roles as defined by legal, educational, political, economic, and social institutions; implications for social science method. (Cross-listed as WGSS 612)
Examination of the U.S. colonization of the American West. Topics include: European-indigenous relations, migration and labor, regional literature, frontier ideology, ethnic conflict, and new community formation. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing and consent. (Cross-listed as HIST 639F)
Survey of major critical works in fields of performing arts and public culture (e.g., dance, theater, music, commemoration). Topics include: theoretical application for the discipline of American studies, and the impact of social movements and labor migration on the performing arts. (Cross-listed as WGSS 614)
Explores the impact of the African Diaspora on the cultures and histories of the Americas through interdisciplinary and feminist scholarship and
cultural sources including fiction, foodways, film, poetry, religion, music, and dance. A-F only. Graduate standing only. (Cross-listed as WGSS 616)
Examination of selected subcultures in America.
Aspects of sexual identity within the context of American culture.
Exploration of contemporary resonances of slavery in the Americas through literature, historical scholarship, memory and trauma studies, and the visual and performing arts. Graduate students only. A-F only. (Cross-listed as HIST 619)
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. Graduate students only. Pre: graduate level standing or higher.
Cultural analysis of the evolution of American architecture from the Colonial period to the present involving sociopolitical and economic, as well as aesthetic, considerations. (Cross-listed as ARCH 623)
American wilderness as both physical setting and social construction. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing or consent
Physical artifacts considered as documents of American cultural and regional development.
Technological development in cultural perspective; its relation to the American environment, science, capitalism, public policy, and values.
Appraisal of major media of communications in American society with attention to political, educational, cultural, and ethical implications.
Critical examination of the relationship between war and media with particular attention to the overlapping histories of technologies of perception and destruction in the modern era and to the military-entertainment complex today. Graduate students only or consent.
Approaches to public presentations of history and examination of various ways in which historic memory is constructed in sites such as museums, memorials, and theme parks.
Examines the history of American criminal punishment, from the birth of the penitentiary to the rise of the prisonindustrial complex. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing. (Cross-listed as SOC 638)
Advanced seminar designed to convert graduate research projects into publishable scholarly articles. Repeatable one time. A-F only.
Examines the role of social movements in transforming American society and culture.
Federal, state, and local laws and regulations that regulate and provide protection to significant archaeological and historical resources in Hawai‘i and the region. (Alt. years: spring only) (Cross-listed as ANTH 645 and ARCH 645)
Readings and research on American social and intellectual history. Repeatable one time. Pre: graduate standing and consent. (Cross-listed as HIST 639B)
Readings and research on American business, labor, and technological history. Repeatable one time. Pre: graduate standing and consent. (Crosslisted as HIST 639K)
Examination of intellectual figures and movements in American history.
Prepares students to achieve specialization in an American Studies-related academic field. Repeatable two times with different contents. Graduate students only. A-F only.
Examination of various roles of motion picture film in America with particular respect to art form, cultural artifact, document, and myth.
Survey of the literature of the field.
Critical analysis of regional formation in and across the Pacific and the role of the U.S. therein; migrations within and across the Pacific; political, military, economic, cultural, and environmental dynamics of transpacific exchanges.
Examines the socioeconomic and cultural meanings of globalization and transnationalism. Emphasis on how the deployment and flows of power beyond the nation-state have an impact on regional, national, and/ or local communities and cultures.
Historical and contemporary issues in America’s global relationships.
Examines approaches to American studies that use comparison as a primary method. Comparison of histories, institutions, of phenomena between the U.S. and another country as well as among communities in the U.S. Graduate standing only. Co-requisite: 600 or 601 or 602, or consent. (Every 2-3 years)
Seminar explores the history, evolution, and contemporary movement towards indigenous curation within museums, emphasis on the Americas and Oceania, as shaped by colonialism, globalization, multiculturalism, selfdetermination, and nationalism. (Fall only)
Selected works of 20th-century literature as cultural documents.
Cultural and social imagination of blacks and whites as revealed in literature, poetry, and drama.
Techniques in recording and evaluation of historic buildings and other resources, with an
emphasis on field recordings and state and federal registration procedures. (Cross-listed as ANTH 676 and PLAN 676)
The manifestations, visual characteristics, and social/cultural meaning of “style” in American architecture and decorative arts from the early settlement period through the present. (Cross-listed as ARCH 679)
History of buildings, building technologies, materials, and finishes, including construction techniques and methods of investigating older buildings. Emphasis on North American building practices c.1600–c.1960. (Cross-listed as ARCH 680)
Methods and approaches in the study of vernacular architecture, cultural landscapes, and material culture, with an emphasis on traditions and innovations in the Americas. (Cross-listed as ARCH 650)
History and theory of museums and related institutions (art galleries, historic houses, zoos, parks). Relationship between museums, collections, and communities. Introduction to governance, planning, legal, and ethical concerns.
Work of museums and professionals (registrars, collections managers, conservators, curators and others) in the care of collections, interpretive studies of museum displays; field trips. Pre: 683 (or concurrent) or consent.
Overview of museum education including museum learning theories, informal learning programs, audience research, national and international policies and reports, and community projects. Pre: 683 (or concurrent) or consent. (Cross-listed as EDCS 685)
Applies coursework in museum studies to hands-on activities under the direction of practicing professionals and university faculty. Museum studies certificate students only. A-F only. Pre: consent.
Applies course work in Indigenous studies to hands-on activities under the direction of practicing professionals and university faculty. Repeatable one time. Graduate students only. A-F only.
Themes, problems, and issues not addressed in other American studies graduate courses; emphasis upon research methods. Repeatable unlimited times.
Applies course work in historic preservation to hands-on activities under the direction of practicing professionals and University faculty. Historic preservation certificate students only.
Repeatable unlimited times.
Repeatable unlimited times.
Repeatable unlimited times.