Courses in American Studies

Introduction to Popular Culture

AMST 120     4.00 Credits
This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of critical approaches used in the study of popular culture. Students will move beyond simply consuming popular culture to explore how it reflects and constructs widely shared (and fiercely contested) beliefs, ideologies and social realities. They will examine a wide range of subjects (such as film, television, video games, advertising, and the internet) using a variety of critical approaches (including genre theory, audience reception theory, and cultural hegemony theory) to better understand how contemporary American culture shapes our lives. (Prerequisite: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher.) (MNTC 5, 7: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Human Diversity)