Course Descriptions

AMCS 100

Introduction to American Cultures
3 Semester Hours
Lower division introductory courses in
American Cultures Studies explore the meaning
and dynamics of such issues as race, ethnicity,
gender, class, sexuality, and other factors that
define members of our society. These issues
are explored from the vantage point of at least
three ethno-cultural groups. Courses may be
taught from myriad disciplinary perspectives
and emphasize the development of basic skills
for understanding and interacting in today’s
multicultural society.
Not repeatable for credit.
Freshman and Sophomore students only.

AMCS 105
History of Ethnic America
3 Semester Hours
A historical and comparative approach to the
study of America’s racial and ethnic diversity.
Freshman and Sophomore students only.

AMCS 110
Race in Contemporary American
Society
3 Semester Hours
A critical examination of the role of race and
ethnicity in contemporary American society.
Freshman and Sophomore students only.

AMCS 115
Race and Representations
3 Semester Hours
A comparative examination of race and
ethnicity in American literary and cultural
representations.
Freshman and Sophomore students only.

AMCS 161
Young America, 1607-1900
3 Semester Hours
Survey of American History from the Colonial period
to the 19th century.

AMCS 198
Special Studies
1-3 Semester Hours
Freshman and Sophomore students only.

AMCS 199
Independent Studies
1-3 Semester Hours

AMCS 298
Special Studies
1-3 Semester Hours
Freshman and Sophomore students only.

AMCS 299
Independent Studies
1-3 Semester Hours

AMCS 300
Advanced Survey of American
Cultures
3 Semester Hours
Upper division courses in American Cultures
Studies explore the meaning and dynamics of
race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and other
factors that define members of our society.
These issues are explored from the vantage
point of at least three ethno-cultural groups.
Courses maybe taught from myriad disciplinary
perspectives and emphasize the development of
basic skills for understanding and interacting
in today’s multicultural society.
Not repeatable for credit.
Junior and Senior students only.

AMCS 346
Children’s Literature
3 Semester Hours

AMCS 350
Immigration and Los Angeles
3 Semester Hours
An interdisciplinary and comparative examination
of the historical role of immigration and
migration in shaping the Los Angeles region
as well as the social, political, economic, and
cultural impact of immigration in contemporary
Los Angeles.

AMCS 366
History of California
3 Semester Hours
The political, economic, social and cultural
development of California from its Spanish
origins to the present.

AMCS 398
Special Studies
1-3 Semester Hours
Junior and Senior students only.

AMCS 399
Independent Studies
1-3 Semester Hours