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AIS: American Studies (B.A.)


Convener: Faculty:
Stephen Rice Patricia Ard
Meredith Davis (CA)
Wayne Hayes (SSHS)
Howard Horowitz (SSHS)
Karl E. Johnson (SSHS)
Carter Meyer
Edward Shannon


About the Major

The American Studies major encourages exploration of the character of the United States as a unique multicultural mosaic functioning within an emerging global order. The program bridges many disciplines as it focuses on the various expressions of American society contained in its history, art, and literature. Through an analysis of its political and social development, students gain insights into the national dynamic; and through inquiry and debate of an ethical standard, students gain a perspective to evaluate the nation's actions and beliefs.

Students majoring in American Studies receive a solid grounding in American culture in history to better understand its evolution; in political structure to better recognize the forces and instruments of change; in literature to experience American society from varied perspectives; and in the pluralism of our society, with particular attention to race, gender, and ethnicity. Course clusters and sequences exist in women's studies, African American studies, international outlooks, and social pluralism. At the upper level, students encounter course work relating to each of the following themes: America's role in the world, American regionalism, American thought and values, and American artistic expression. Inherent in the American Studies major is the recognition of the nation's developing response to the challenges and opportunities of an ever-expanding global commitment.

It is apparent, therefore, that American Studies graduates, having gained appreciation and comprehension of the changing global context, will enjoy increasing career choices as the demand for Americanists grows. Additionally, the major's liberal arts emphasis on thinking, analyzing, evaluating, and communicating provides excellent preparation for both career entry and graduate study. American Studies graduates find employment in a wide variety of fields, including education, communications, publishing, and historic preservation, as well as in museums and archives. Advanced degrees are most often pursued in law, business, museum studies and American studies.

The American Studies major leads to the B.A. degree, and is offered through the School of American and lnternational Studies.

A minor is not available.

Requirements of the Major

  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a [W] below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.

  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
ENGL 180 COLLEGE ENGLISH
AIID 201 [W] READINGS IN HUMANITIES
SELECT ONE  
BADM 115 [W] PERSPECTIVES OF BUSINESS AND SOCIETY OR
SOSC 101 [W] SOCIAL ISSUES
SELECT ONE [W] GE-HISTORY CATEGORY: HIST 101-110
SELECT ONE GE-SCIENCE WITH EXPERIENTIAL COMPONENT CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-MATHEMATICS CATEGORY: MATH 101-121
SELECT ONE GE-INTERCULTURAL NORTH AMERICA CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES CATEGORY
SELECT ONE [W] GE-TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE CATEGORY
SCHOOL OF AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS
AIID 101 [W] FIRST YEAR TOPICS: LIBERAL STUDIES
  FOUNDATIONS I AND
FOUNDATIONS II AND
INTERMEDIATE I OR
PROFICIENCY TEST
(SEE AIS WORLD LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT)
AMERICAN STUDIES MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
AMER 125 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN STUDIES
HIST 101 INTRODUCTION TO US HISTORY I
HIST 102 INTRODUCTION TO US HISTORY II
  One Course from each of the following Intermediate Categories (200 level) *:
American Literature (AMR 1)
AMER 220 COMICS AND AMERICAN CULTURE
AMER 250 PURSUING THE AMERICAN DREAM
LITR 220 (was 202) SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE I
LITR 226 (was 204) AMERICAN SHORT STORY
LITR 234 (was 217) CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN LITERATURE
LITR 221 (was 218) SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE II
LITR 223 (was 221) SURVEY OF AMERICAN POETRY
LITR 231 (was 225) 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN WOMEN AUTHORS
LITR 230 (was 227) 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE
LITR 235 (was 230) AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE
LITR 232 (was 240) 20TH CENTURY AMERICAN NOVEL
LITR 228 (was 242) COLONIAL AMERICAN LITERATURE
LITR 236 (was 252) MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE
LITR 276 (was 255) LITERATURE OF THE AMERICAS
LITR 233 (was 280) HARLEM RENAISSANCE
LITR 224 (was 287) AMERICAN DRAMA
American Politics (AMR 3)
AMER 235 THE AMERICAN ENVIRONMENT
ENST 207 PUBLIC POLICY
POLI 223 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
POLI 225 AMERICAN DIPLOMACY
POLI 257 ETHNIC POLITICS IN AMERICA
Gender Issues (AMR 4)
HIST 231 U.S. WOMENS AND GENDER HISTORY
LITR 231 (was 225) 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN WOMEN AUTHORS
SOSC 217 MINORITY WOMENS ISSUES
SOSC 223 WOMEN WRITERS: MEDLEY OF VOICES
SOSC 280 WOMEN IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY
African-American Studies (AMR 5)
AMER 241 AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION
ARHT 241 AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART
CNTP 210 BLACK EXPERIENCE THROUGH THEATRE
HIST 221 AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I
HIST 222 AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II
LITR 235 (was 230) AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE
LITR 233 (was 280) HARLEM RENAISSANCE
MUSI 202 THE BLACK EXPERIENCE THROUGH MUSIC
MUSI 205 MUSIC AND DANCE IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA: NORTH AMERICA
MUSI 233 HISTORY OF HIP-HOP AND RAP MUSIC
MUSI 237 HISTORY OF JAZZ
SOCI 240 THE BLACK FAMILY
SOSC 215 AFRICAN AMERICANS IN FILM
Multicultural Studies (AMR 6)
AMER 206 ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS
AMER 214 NATIVE AMERICANS
ANTH 238 URBAN ANTHROPOLOGY
ARHT 241 AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART
COMM 234 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
HIST 232 IMMIGRATION TO AMERICA
IBUS 202 CANADA-U.S. ECONOMIC/POLITICAL RELATIONS
LITR 236 (was 252) MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE
MUSI 205 MUSIC AND DANCE IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA: NORTH AMERICA
MUSI 232 HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL
MUSI 249 AMERICAN MUSICAL TRADITIONS
POLI 257 ETHNIC POLITICS IN AMERICA
SOCI 215 SOCIOLOGY OF RACE RELATIONS
  One Course from each of the following Advanced Categories (300-400 Level)*
American Regionalism (AMR 7)
AMER 305 INSIDE AMERICA
AMER 325 READING AMERICAN REGIONS
ENST 320 GEOGRAPHY OF THE AMERICAN WEST
ENST 358 GEOGRAPHY OF NORTH AMERICA
ENST 365 THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST
HIST 311 THE AMERICAN WEST
LITR 326 (was 331) AMERICAN ROMANTICISM
America in the World (AMR 8)
AMER 310 U.S. RELATIONS TOWARD AFRICA
AMER 330 MUTUAL IMAGES: U.S. AND RUSSIA
HIST 326 20TH CENTURY AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
HIST 327 THE COLD WAR
HIST 386 U.S. AND LATIN AMERICAN RELATIONS
INTL 310 CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
INTL 335 CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
POLI 312 UNITED NATIONS IN WORLD POLITICS
POLI 315 AMERICA'S VIETNAM EXPERIENCE
POLI 349 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
BADM 316 WORLD POLITICAL ECONOMY
MKTG 350 INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
ECON 304 THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM
American Thought and Values (AMR 9)
AIID 311 DISABILITY STUDIES
AMER 307 TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE IN AMERICA
AMER 309 HOLOCAUST AND MEDIA
AMER 315 CLASS IN AMERICA
CNTP 310

BLACK EXPERIENCE IN MEDIA

HIST 302 PUBLIC HISTORY
HIST 313 EARLY AMERICAN RELIGIOUS HISTORY
HIST 322 AMERICA BETWEEN THE WARS
HIST 323 AMERICA SINCE 1945
HIST 324 AGE OF SEGREGATION
HIST 325 THE BLACK POWER YEARS
PHIL 330 AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY
POLI 308 CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN POLITICS
POLI 309 CIVIL RIGHTS
POLI 310 THE U.S. CONGRESS
POLI 317 AMERICAN PARTY POLITICS
POLI 318 POLITICS OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
POLI 321 SUPREME COURT AND HUMAN FREEDOMS
POLI 323 CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS
POLI 340 AMERICAN PRESIDENCY
POLI 355 NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY
POLI 360 CONFLICT RESOLUTION
SOSC 308 AFRICAN AMERICAN SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT
SOSC 352 POLITICAL LEGACY OF MALCOLM X
American Artistic Expression (AMR A)
AMER 311 AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY, AMERICAN VISUAL CULTURE
AMER 317 AMERICAN CRIME FICTION AND FILM
ARHT 322 AMERICAN ART I
ARHT 325 AMERICAN ART II
CNTP 347 AMERICAN INDEPENDENT CINEMA
CNTP 348 LATINO IMAGES IN HOLLYWOOD
COMM 347 THE NEW TV CRITICISM
LITR 314 (was 305) TRANSATLANTIC 19TH CENTURY POETRY
LITR 320 (was 308) COMIC AMERICAN NOVEL
LITR 378 (was 320) BLACK ODYSSEY
LITR 326 (was 331) AMERICAN ROMANTICISM
LITR 334 AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS
LITR 338 (was 341) LATINO LITERATURE OF U.S.A.
THEA 323 AMERICAN EXPERIMENTAL THEATER: 1950-PRESENT
THEA 331 THEATER AND SOCIETY I
THEA 334 THEATER AND SOCIETY II
CHOOSE ONE (please see your advisor)
AMER 410 THE AMERICAN STUDIES SEMINAR
AMER 401 INTERNSHIP
  400-LEVEL INDEPENDENT STUDY
  400-LEVEL DISCIPLINARY SEMINAR
*Note: double counting between categories is not permitted; some courses may count toward General Education – see your advisor

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.



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