Fall 2023

Whose Game: Sports in American Society

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-205


Robert T. Hayashi (Section 01)


Sports infiltrate American lives.  Whether we are active participants, fans, or only disinterested consumers of media, we cannot escape the influence sport has on American society. Moreover, the world of sports is the place where discussions of major societal issues—racism, gender inequality, labor rights—most prominently arise in the public sphere. Media often point to sport as being emblematic of the most powerful myths about American culture and identity. Yet, few people have an appreciation for how sports in American society and their meaning have evolved over time. This course is designed to offer such an understanding and promote critical analysis of the role of sports in our individual and collective lives. We will study and discuss contemporary scholarship on the history of American sport, from roughly 1800 to the present, as well as related literature and documentary film.

Limited to 25 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Hayashi.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference will be given to American Studies majors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: class discussions, small group work, short written assignments, and oral presentations.

AMST 205 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM CHAP 203
Th 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM CHAP 203

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Until It Hurts: America’s Obsession with Youth Sports and How it Harms Our Kids Beacon Press; 59202nd edition (March 1, 2010) Mark Hyman Amherst Books TBD
Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete Crown; Reprint edition (July 24, 2007) William Rhoden Amherst Books TBD
Qualifying Times: Points of Change in U.S. Women’s Sport University of Illinois Press; First Edition (February 20, 2014) Jaime Schultz Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022, Fall 2023