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AMERICAN STUDIES MINOR

Course requirements: 15 credit hours.

The American Studies minor provides undergraduates with the opportunity to study American culture with faculty from a variety of disciplines. The goal is for students to gain an enhanced understanding of the complexity and richness of the social, political, aesthetic and economic structures that inform American life. Simultaneously, the minor exposes students to interdisciplinary approaches to the study of American society.

The minor consists of a minimum of 15 hours: 3 hours (1 class) in an introductory course in American Studies; 6 hours (2 classes) in breadth courses from the University Core Curriculum; and 6 hours (2 classes) in one of the four primary American Studies focus areas. Through coursework in American Studies, students prepare themselves for careers in a variety of fields requiring critical thinking and writing, from teaching to law, health, business and government. The requirements for the American Studies minor are listed below.


I. Core course for the minor:

All students taking the American Studies minor must complete "Introduction to American Studies," which is cross listed in History and English:

  • HIST 212, or
  • ENGL 212

II. Breadth Courses:

Students must take two of the following courses (6 hours):

  • AFR 209
  • AFR 215
  • ANTH 202
  • ENGL 205
  • HIST 210
  • PHIL 211
  • PHIL 210

III. Specialization Courses:

Students must take two courses (6 hours) from one of the below "focus areas":

1. American Cultural Studies:

  • AFR 311A
  • AFR 311B
  • AFR 449
  • ANTH 204
  • ANTH 302
  • ANTH 416
  • ANTH 424
  • CCJ 203
  • HIST 335
  • HIST 354
  • HIST 355
  • HIST 357
  • HIST 362A
  • HIST 362B
  • HIST 364
  • HIST 365
  • LING 416
  • MCMA 449
  • POLS 215
  • POLS 314I
  • POLS 332I
  • POLS 370

2. Political Philosophy:

  • CCJ 474
  • HIST 355
  • HIST 455
  • PHIL 486
  • PHIL 487
  • POLS 332

3. Art and Literature in the U.S.:

  • AD 227
  • AD 267
  • AD 307I
  • AD 317I
  • AD 428
  • AFR 350
  • AFR 355A
  • AFR 355B
  • AFR 357
  • AFR 375
  • ENGL 205
  • ENGL 206A
  • ENGL 225
  • ENGL 307I
  • ENGL 325
  • ENGL 355A
  • ENGL 355B
  • MC 204
  • MUS 303I
  • THEA 454
  • THEA 460

4. Local History/Public History:

  • ANTH 201
  • ANTH 310K
  • ANTH 450A
  • ANTH 450B
  • GEOG 303I
  • HIST 367
  • HIST 496
  • HIST 498
  • POLS 213
  • POLS 214