Course Requirements

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 214 African American History: Slavery and Resistance
HIST 215 African American History: 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 224 Exceptional America?

Literature and Fine Arts
AMST/ENGL 269 New World Narratives: American Literature 1500-1790
AMST/ENGL 270 Reform and Renaissance: U.S. Literature 1790-1865
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 310 Constructing Blackness
ENGL 323 Chicana/o Literature
ENGL 435 Advanced Literary Studies
ENGL/SEMN 495 Building the Archive: Baldwin & His Legacy
MUSC 140 American Music
MUSC 165 Jazz: A Creative and Cultural Exploration
MUSC 205 Music and Identity
MUSC 300 Intellectual Flows of Black Music
THEA 155 Introduction to African American Theater

POLS 105 Introduction to U.S. Politics: Theory and Practice
POLS 220 Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
POLS 225 Constitutional Law
POLS 229 Race, Law, and U.S. Politics
POLS 230 Congress and the Presidency
POLS 263 American Political Theory
POLS 285 United States Foreign Policy
POLS 315 Public Opinion: Race, Class, and Gender

ANSO 103 Introduction to Society and Culture
ANSO 120 The Family
ANSO 236 Race and Racism
ANSO 322 Prisoners and Detainees
PSYC 230 Psychology of Prejudice
RELG 218 American Jewish Experience
RELG 120 Religion in the Early U.S.
RELG 121 Religion in the Modern U.S.
RELG 205 Religion and Masculinity in the U.S.
RELG 220 Catholicism in the Americas
RELG 221 Black Religious Experiences in the Americas
RELG 222 Urban Religion

Students interested in Native American Studies should take: ENGL 222, HIST 200 and 211, and RELG 120. Students interested in African American Studies should take: ANSO 236, ENGL 220, 310, and 495, HIST 213 and 215, MUSC 300, POLS 229, RELG 221, and THEA 155, among other offerings.

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.