Course Goals

This seminar explores the ways in which various disciplines explore the behaviors and attitudes tied to gender and sexuality in the United States.  Topics addressed will include—but are not limited to—the following:  human reproduction, cultural mores, sexual orientation, sex work, and marital structures.  As a core seminar in the American Studies major, it also fulfill the learning outcomes listed below:

  • Integrate knowledge from several disciplinary perspectives.
  • Utilize technological resources in research, data analysis, and presentation.
  • Communicate evidence and analysis orally.

AMST 305 also fulfills the university’s speaking intensive (SI) general education requirement.  As part of the SI requirement, this course will expose students to the following skills:

  • Understand and be able to explain the conventions and expectations of oral communication as practiced within the discipline of the course taken.
  • Apply theories and strategies for crafting messages (verbal, nonverbal, and visual) for particular audiences and purposes.
  • Craft oral messages after a conscious process in which various options are reviewed and will be able to explain and support their choices.
  • Plan, research, organize, support, and deliver ideas and arguments in a public speaking setting.