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AMST 500: Theory and Methods

This guide is for students in Penn State Harrisburg's AMST 500 taught by Dr. Charles Kupfer. It is intended to assist students with introductory graduate work in American Studies.

Welcome to the AMST 500 Course Guide

Welcome to the library's guide for AMST 500:  Theory and Methods. This guide has been developed to help students succeed in Dr. Charles Kupfer's course, which prepares students for introductory graduate work as part of the American Studies Program in the School of Humanities at Penn State Harrisburg.  This course guide also includes specific resources for various "lenses" (e.g, art, consumer and popular culture, folklore, gender, religion, etc.) to analyze historical events and time periods in the field of American Studies.  It is offered as a starting point for research in areas that focus on folk and popular culture, history and politics, society and ethnography; regional, urban, and environmental studies, public heritage, and museum studies.  It should be used in conjunction with other library research guides, which are listed below, such as African American History, Art History, Asian American Studies, Film-Video Studies, LGBT Studies, Music, Pennsylvania History, and other related topics.

Click on the buttons on the left-hand side of the page to see the library's resources that will help you to complete assignments in this course.

If you need more help using the library, contact Heidi Abbey Moyer,, Archivist and Humanities Reference Librarian and Faculty Liaison Librarian to the School of Humanities.

Research Guides (Broad Topics in American Studies)

Additional Research Guides (Specific Topics in American Studies)