American Studies


Requirements for the Concentration in American Studies

Number of Units
Six units are required.

Required Courses
One American History course: AMST/HIST 110 or 111
One American Literature course: AMST/ENGL 269, 270, 275, or 276

Core Courses
Four additional courses from at least two of the following different categories:

AMST/HIST 110 History of the US I
AMST/HIST 111 History of the US II
HIST 200 Colonial America
HIST 203 Revolutionary America
HIST 206 Culture and Society in Victorian America
HIST 209 Post World War II America
HIST 211 Native American History
HIST 212 American Environmental History
HIST 213 The Slave South
HIST 215 Civil War to Civil Rights
HIST 217 History of Leisure and Recreation in America
HIST 218 The American Jewish Experience
HIST 220 American Women's History to 1870
HIST 221 American Women's History since 1870
HIST 223 American Diplomacy since 1898

Literature and Fine Arts
AMST/ENGL 269 New World Narratives: American Literature 1500-1790
AMST/ENGL 270 Reform and Renaissance: U.S. Literature 1790-1860
AMST/ENGL 275 American Realisms: United States Literature 1865-1914
AMST/ENGL 276 Modernism and Postmodernism: United States Literature 1914-Present
ARTX 224 20th-Century Art
ENGL 220 African-American Literature
ENGL 222 American Indian Literatures
ENGL 230 Studies in U.S. Ethnic Literature
ENGL 260 Studies in Film (depending on topic)
ENGL 435 Advanced Literary Studies
MUSC 140 American Music
MUSC 165 Jazz: A Creative and Cultural Exploration
MUSC 205 Music and Identity
THEA 155 Introduction to African American Theater

POLS 105 Introduction to American Government
POLS 225 Constitutional Law
POLS 227 Law, Politics, and Society
POLS 230 Presidency and Congress
POLS 263 American Political Theory
POLS 285 United States Foreign Policy
POLS 325 Race and Politics
POLS 370 Civil Liberties and Majority Power
POLS 380 Drugs, Democracy, and Human Rights

ANSO 103 Introduction to Society and Culture
ANSO 120 The Family
ANSO 205 Urban Sociology
ANSO 215 Crime and Society
ANSO 230 Sociology of Religion
ANSO 235 Prisons and Public Policy
ANSO 236 Race and Racism
ANSO 255 The Media and Popular Culture
PSYC 230 Psychology of Prejudice
RELG 218 American Jewish Experience
RELG 120 Religious History of the United States I
RELG 121 Religious History of the United States II
RELG 220 Catholicism in the United States
RELG 221 US Black Religious Experience
RELG 368 Hindu Traditions in the Americas

Students interested in Native American Studies should take: ENGL 222, HIST 211, and RELG 111.

Other courses may be accepted at the discretion of the director. Concentrators should consult with the Director of American Studies as early as possible to develop their program. Concentrators are encouraged to take as many courses as possible.

Senior Individualized Project (SIP)
The SIP in American Studies is encouraged but not required. Any faculty member regularly teaching in the American Studies program may direct a SIP in American Studies. Concentrators should consult with the Director of American Studies.