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American Studies
College of Arts and Humanities

American Studies (AMS)
American studies is an essentially interdisciplinary program. American studies involves the examination of American life and culture and offers an exposure to cultural, social, political and economic life. Our American studies program is interdisciplinary, rooted in American literature and history but not limited to these disciplines. Students may draw upon courses across the catalog, emphasizing an aspect of American life. For example, a student may wish to examine American art, English, music, theatre, media studies, American Indian history and culture, American legal system, American religions, the role of Spanish in American culture, political science, minority studies, women?s studies, and sport, health and fitness. The student will work with his or her adviser to select courses that satisfy the requirements of the program.

Careers for Students with an American Studies Major
Students with a major in American studies can pursue a variety of professional careers including law, education, business, publishing, government service, community organizing, advertising, journalism and independent writing. The breadth of American studies makes it an ideal minor for students pursuing a K-12 teaching position. It also prepares students for advanced degrees in English, history, ethnic studies, cultural studies and American studies.

Major

ENG 221

American Literature I

3

ENG 222

American Literature II

3

ENG 314

American Multiethnic Literature

3

ENG 424

American Novel

3

HIS 201

U.S. History I

3

HIS 202

U.S. History II

3

HIS 301

American Colonial History

3

HIS 302

America Since 1945

3

ENG 312
HIS 401

Advanced Expository Writing or
Historical Research and Writing

3

 

Capstone Course (determined by adviser)

3

 

Electives*

12

 

Total

42

*Elective Courses for the Major:

BIO 115

Environmental Science

4

BIO 302

Ecology

4

CRJ 250

American Legal System

3

CTH 225/325

Introduction to Mass Communication

3

DRM 131

Introduction to Theatre

3

ECO 231

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

ENG 225

American Cinema

3

ENG 315

Women Writers

3

GDS 120

Art Appreciation

3

HIS 339

American Indian History to 1890

3

HIS 340

American Indian History since 1890

3

LAN 101

Beginning Spanish

3

LAN 102

Beginning Spanish II

3

POL 153

U.S. Government

3

POL 253

State and Local Government

3

POL/HIS 351

American Foreign Policy

3

POL 353

Congress and the Presidency

3

PSL 210

Introduction to Leadership and Public Service

3

REL 315

American Religions

3

SOC 227/427

Introduction to Women’s Studies

3

SOC 317

Minority Groups

3

SPM 241

Sport and Society

3

Electives for majors should be selected in consultation with adviser.

Areas of Concentration
Select an area of concentration in consultation with your adviser.  At least six elective credits of the 12 required must be upper level.  

American Arts

ART 340

Art History II

3

DRM 361

History of Theatre and Drama: Contemporary Theatre

3

DRM 369

World Culture in Film

3

MUS 312

Music History II

3

American History

HIS 301

American Colonial History

3

HIS 302

America Since 1945

3

HIS 339

American Indian History to 1890

3

HIS 340 American Indian History Since 1890  

HIS 499

Special Topics (any special topics course in American history)

3

American Literature

ENG 313 Great Plains Literature

3

ENG 314 American Multiethnic Literature

3

ENG 424 The American Novel

3

American Media

COM 325

Introduction to Mass Communications

3

ENG 225

American Cinema

3

JRN 413

Mass Media Law

3

American Political and Legal Culture

ENG 315 CRJ 250

3

POL 153 Psychology of Personality

3

POL 253 Marriage and the Family

3

POL/HIS 351

Women’s Studies

3

POL 353 Congress and the Presidency 3

American Society and Culture

ENG 314 American Multiethnic Literature

3

REL 315 American Religions

3

SOC 227 Introduction to Women’s Studies

3

SOC 317

Minority Groups

3

 

Minor
American Studies


ENG 221

American Literature I

3

ENG 222

American Literature II

3

HIS 201

U.S. History I

3

HIS 202

U.S. History II

3

 

Area of Concentration Electives

12

 

Total

24

Areas of Concentration
Select an area of concentration listed above, in consultation with your adviser. At least six elective credits of the 12 required must be upper level.

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