American Studies

36 credits
Bachelor of Arts

The multidisciplinary American Studies major is designed for students whose interests in American history, society, and culture cut across departmental and divisional lines.

In addition to the requirements listed on this page, all students majoring in American Studies are strongly advised to complete courses in foreign language through the intermediate level.

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Core Courses Title Credits
HIST 0600 U.S. History to 1877 3
HIST 0601 U.S. History 1865 - Present 3
PS 0200 American Political Process 3
ENGLIT 1215 Pre-20th-Century American Literature 3
ENGLIT 1250 20th-Century American Literature 3
Area Requirements 6 course- 18 credits  
At least two courses of the six area courses must be chosen from the Social Sciences cluster and two from the American Culture cluster. Representative Social Science and American Culture classes are listed below.
Social Science Cluster
Course Title Credits
ANTH 0780 Intro to Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTH 1753 North American Indians 3
ANTH 1787 Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology 3
ECON 0110 Introduction to Macroeconomic Theory 3
ECON 0280 Introduction to Money and Baking 3
HIST 1611 American Revolution 1763-1791 3
HIST 1620 Vietnam War 3
HIST 1661 U.S. Women 2 3
PS 0600 Political Theory and Analysis 3
PS 1202 American Constitutional Law 3
PS 1212 American Presidency 3
SOC 0003 Technology and Social Change 3
SOC 0010 Introduction to Sociology 3
American Culture Cluster  
SOC 0010 Introduction to Sociology 3
COMMRC 1105 TV and Society 3
COMMRC 1146 Intercultural Communication 3
ENGLIT 1022 Literature of the American West 3
ENGLIT 1026 American Poetry 3
HAA 0501 American Art 3
MUSIC 0800 History of American Popular Music 3
RELGST 0405 Religion in Early America 3
Additional Requirements 1 course - 3 credits
After earning 90 credits, each American Studies major must take ANTH 1955, HIST 1955, PS 1955, or ENGLIT 1950 to fulfill the capstone course requirement.