American Studies

American Studies


Changes effective Fall Term 2013

Faculty teaching American Studies courses include members from all four divisions in the College of Arts and Sciences. Please see the schedule of classes for each academic term for specific assignments.

American Studies is an interdisciplinary major/minor that educates students for responsible leadership and productive careers. It encourages students to use multiple academic disciplines and perspectives to explore the complexity and diversity of this nation's history, literature, and culture. Students learn the role of ideas, discourse, and events in creating American culture. They examine the interplay of race, regional identity, politics, capitalism, globalization, and popular culture in developing an American identity.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Majors complete ten (10) courses from at least five disciplines, including at least one class from each of the four core departments (English, History, Political Science, and Sociology). Students must also take at least one class from a department outside the four core departments. While study abroad is encouraged, a maximum of five (5) transfer courses will be counted toward the major.

CORE COURSES

Complete both of the following courses:

  • AMST 200 Introduction to American Studies
  • AMST 490 Senior Seminar

Complete two (2) of the following lower-level courses:

  • ENG 229 Selected Studies in American Literature
  • HIS 143 US from 1877
  • SOC 102 American Society
  • SOC 211 Social Problems
  • POL 160 Introduction to American Politics

Complete two (2) of the following upper-level courses:

  • ENG 303 Historical Approaches to American Literature (prerequisites ENG 201/202)
  • ENG 304 Genre Study in American Literature
  • ENG 329/429 Selected Studies in American Literature
  • HIS 311 History of American Sexuality
  • HIS 346 American since 1945
  • HIS 347 History of Urban America
  • HIS 370 Race and Ethnicity in the United States
  • HIS 375 Aspects of War: History of the Vietnam War
  • POL 252 American Civil Rights Policy
  • POL 343 American Presidency
  • POL 346 American Voting and Elections
  • POL 353 U.S. Foreign Policy
  • POL 363 American Public Policy
  • POL 381 Congress
  • POL 382 American Constitutional Law
  • POL 395 Theories of Democracy
  • POL 481 Political Biographies
  • SOC 311 Social Movements
  • SOC 355 Poverty and Social Welfare
  • SOC 356 State of Black America



ELECTIVE COURSES

Complete two (2) of the following lower level courses:

  • ARH 260 Modern American Art
  • ECO 121 Economics of Contemporary Issues
  • ECO 126 Economics and Public Policy
  • ECO 140 Nonprofit Economics
  • ENG 242 Contemporary American Short Fiction
  • ENG 245 Selected Studies in Popular Culture
  • ENG 275/324 African American Narratives
  • ENV 289 Nature and the City
  • HIS 241 African American History II
  • HIS 235 American Graphic Media
  • HIS 207 Women in the Modern United States
  • MUS 160 History of Jazz Music
  • MUS 165 History of Rock and Roll
  • PHI 226 Philosophy of Education
  • PHI 240 Pragmatism, The American Dream and Its Discontents
  • PHI 215 Social and Political Philosophy
  • POL 120 Problems in Political Thought
  • POL 252 American Civil Rights Policy
  • REL 135 Religion in America
  • SOC 112 The Family
  • THE 203 History of American Film
  • THE 205 History of American Musical Theater
  • THE 206 History of Radio and Television in America
  • THE 295 History of American Theater


Complete two (2) of the following upper level courses:

  • Any of the upper level core courses
  • ARH 365 Special Studies: Modern American Art
  • ECO 321 Labor Economics
  • ECO 325 Distribution of Income and Wealth
  • ENV 305L American Rivers
  • ENV 380 American Environmental History
  • ENV 390 Culture and Landscape
  • MUS 363 American Music
  • PHI 302 American Philosophy
  • PHI 308 Politics and Poverty


MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Minors complete six (6) courses from at least four disciplines, including at least one class from three of the four core departments (English, History, Political Science, and Sociology).  Students must also take at least one class from a department outside the four core departments.  While study abroad is encouraged, a maximum of three (3) transfer courses will be counted toward the minor.

CORE COURSES

Complete the following course:

  • AMST 200 Introduction to American Studies

Complete one (1) of the following lower level courses:

  • ENG 229 Selected Studies in American Literature
  • HIS 143 US from 1877
  • SOC 102 American Society
  • SOC 211 Social Problems
  • POL 160 Introduction to American Politics

Complete two (2) of the following upper level courses:

  • ENG 303 Historical Approaches to American Literature (prerequisites ENG 201/202)
  • ENG 304 Genre Study in American Literature
  • ENG 329/429 Selected Studies in American Literature
  • HIS 311 History of American Sexuality
  • HIS 347 History of Urban America
  • HIS 346 America since 1945
  • HIS 370 Race and Ethnicity in the United States
  • HIS 375 Aspects of War: History of the Vietnam War
  • POL 252 American Civil Rights Policy
  • POL 343 American Presidency
  • POL 346 American Voting and Elections
  • POL 353 U.S. Foreign Policy
  • POL 363 American Public Policy
  • POL 381 Congress
  • POL 382 American Constitutional Law
  • POL 395 Theories of Democracy
  • POL 481 Political Biographies
  • SOC 311 Social Movements
  • SOC 355 Poverty and Social Welfare
  • SOC 356 State of Black America

ELECTIVE COURSES

Complete one (1) of the following lower level courses:

  • ARH 260 Modern American Art
  • ECO 121 Economics of Contemporary Issues
  • ECO 126 Economics and Public Policy
  • ECO 140 Nonprofit Economics
  • ENG 242 Contemporary American Short Fiction
  • ENG 245 Selected Studies in Popular Culture
  • ENG 275/324 African American Narratives
  • ENV 289 Nature and the City
  • HIS 241 African American History II
  • HIS 235 American Graphic Media
  • HIS 207 Women in the Modern United States
  • MUS 160 History of Jazz Music
  • MUS 165 History of Rock and Roll
  • PHI 226 Philosophy of Education
  • PHI 240 Pragmatism, The American Dream and Its Discontents
  • PHI 215 Social and Political Philosophy
  • POL 120 Problems in Political Thought
  • POL 252 American Civil Rights Policy
  • REL 135 Religion in America
  • SOC 112 The Family
  • THE 203 History of American Film
  • THE 205 History of American Musical Theater
  • THE 206 History of Radio and Television in America
  • THE 295 History of American Theater

Complete one (1) of the following upper level courses:

  • Any of the upper level core courses
  • ARH 365 Special Studies: Modern American Art
  • ECO 321 Labor Economics
  • ECO 325 Distribution of Income and Wealth
  • ENV 305L American Rivers
  • ENG 380 American Environmental History
  • ENV 390 Culture and Landscape
  • MUS 363 American Music
  • PHI 302 American Philosophy
  • PHI 308 Politics and Poverty

COURSE OF STUDY

AMST 200 Introduction to American Studies: Introduces students to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history. Emphasizes critical reading skills and writing from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will synthesize varied primary sources (such as literature, film, and art) and disciplinary perspectives to form a better understanding of American society and its connection to the larger world.  Topics vary by semester.

AMST 490 Senior Seminar: Allows opportunities for reflection on the complexities of interdisciplinary study and the methods and strategies of American Studies. Students will develop an extended problem-based project on the American experience as they refine their skills of scholarly research and writing. Requires senior status.