American Studies Major

Department of History and American Studies

Krystyn Moon, Program Director

Affiliated Faculty

American Studies is an interdisciplinary major that enables students to explore the complex interactions of peoples, cultures, social structures, and political institutions that have shaped the experiences of peoples living in the United States. In addition to four core courses, students demonstrate the ability to transcend disciplinary boundaries by completing five (5) thematically-assembled courses from affiliated disciplines approved by an American Studies advisor and the Program Director.

Requirements for the Major

Thirty-six (36) credits: to include AMST 201, AMST 202, AMST 303, and AMST 485; and 24 credits (eight courses) in related courses selected from a pre-approved list of American Studies electives offered by affiliated departments. From this list of pre-approved electives, five of the eight elective courses must be assembled thematically; that is, they must be organized around a unifying line of inquiry, which must be approved by an American Studies advisor and the program director. Example concentrations include, although are not limited to, the following: gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, cultural expression, human rights, politics and society, and space and place. Internships are encouraged, but only 3 credits can count toward the major.

The major also has a number of requirements for the eight electives. They are as follows: one of these eight electives must deal with the United States prior to 1900, and one course must deal with race and/or gender. [The race/gender and pre-1900 requirements may be met by a single class.] Six of the eight electives must be at the 300-level or beyond. To ensure breadth, no more than three of the eight elective courses may be from one of the affiliated disciplines.

Major Electives for American Studies:

AMST 333, 350, 491, 499; ANTH 211, 212, 341; ARTH 352, 354, 355, 491; COMM 352, 370; ECON 341, 351, 375; ENGL 328, 329, 330, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 357, 358, 371, 376EE, 385, 455, 457, 458; GEOG 221, 222, 331, 337; HISP 101, 102, 206, 207, 305, 320, 325; HIST 303, 304, 305, 307, 308, 310, 311, 313, 314, 315, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 380, 390, 395, 396, 416, 417, 426, 440, 444; IDIS 203, 205; LING 302, 307, 470J; MUHL 156, 368; PSCI 201, 202, 311, 312, 324, 334, 363, 370, 422; RELG 250, 251, 277, 278, 304, 305; SOCG 304, 313, 315, 331, 332, 341, 411, 421, 440, 442; SPAN 416, WGST 101, 102.

Examples of Courses Available for Concentrations:

Gender and Sexuality:  ANTH 212; HIST 327, 328, 396 426; IDIS 205; LING 302, 307; PSCI 370; SOCG 304, 315, 331, 440, 442, WGST 101, 102.

Race and Ethnicity:  ANTH 211, 215; ECON 351; ENGL 328, 329, 330, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356; GEOG 331; HIST 313, 314, 315, 444; IDIS 203; LING 302, 470J; MUHL 156, 368; PSCI 324: RELG 250, 251; SOCG 304, 313, 341, 421, 440, 442; SPAN 416.

Cultural Expression:  ANTH 341; ARTH 352, 354, 355; ENGL 328, 329, 330, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 357, 358, 362, 371, 376EE, 384, 453, 455, 457; HISP 101, 102, 206, 207, 305, 320, 325; HIST 325, 329, 395; LING 302; MUHL 156, 368; RELG 277, 278, and 304; SOCG 411.

Human Rights:  AMST 333; ENGL 352, 353, 354, 362, 376EE; GEOG 331; HIST 304, 313, 314, 315, 327, 328, 416, 417, 444; PSCI 422, SOCG 421; SPAN 416.

Politics and Society: COMM 352, 370; ECON 375; GEOG 221, 222, 331; HIST 308, 380, 390, 416, 417; PSCI 201, 202, 311, 312, 324, 370, 422; RELG 277, 278; 305; SOCG 313, 341, 421, 432, 440, 442; SPAN 416.

Space and Place: ARTH 355; GEOG 221, 222, 331, 337; HSIP 101, 102, 207, 305, 320, 325; SOCG 313, 341; SPAN 416.

American Studies Course Offerings

American Studies course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of AMST in the course listings.

201- Introduction to American Studies (3)

Introduction to the method and theory of American Studies, its practice and a survey of key texts.

202 – Sophomore American Studies Seminar (3)

Sophomore-level seminar that explores a topic chosen by the instructor.

303 – Junior American Studies Seminar (3)

Junior-level seminar that explores a topic chosen by the instructor.

333 – Issues in Human Rights (3)

Analysis and discussion of changing concepts of human rights and the movements that have defended and broadened them. Cross-listed as ANTH 333.

350 – Topics in American Studies (3)

Exploration of specific topics in American Studies.

485 – Senior Thesis (3)

Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of instructor. A significant research project pursued under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

491 – Independent Study (3)

Directed individual research on problems in American Studies, as approved by the Director. No more than three credits can count toward the major.

499 – Internship (variable credit)

Supervised off-campus experience, developed in consultation with the Director. Six credits may be taken but only three credits may count in major.