A minor in American Studies introduces students to the interdisciplinary study of American (typically the United States) civilization.  American Studies minors ask broad questions about the nature of American culture, civilization, and identity.  Students of American Studies are challenged to question why American culture developed as it did and to explore what influences have shaped this nation's identity.

American Studies Minor requirements include:

Students are required to take five courses overall, distributed according to the following guidelines. 

  • AS100 Introduction to American Studies
  • At least one History course, chosen from the list of eligible courses.
  • At least one Politics or one Sociology course, chosen from the list of eligible courses.
  • At least one English or one Fine Arts course, chosen from the list of eligible courses.
  • One additional course chosen from the list of eligible courses.

Students may choose courses from among the following list of eligible courses. Courses whose catalog description or title does not specifically mention American require approval of the director. Special topics courses not listed here may also be approved by the director.

Eligible Courses:

  • CJ 209 - Criminal Law
  • CM 216 - Principles and Practices of Journalism
  • EC 243 - Money and Banking
  • EC 345 - Economics of the Great Depression
  • ED 311 - Getting Schooled: The Politics & Promise of American Education
  • EN 241 - Studies in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • EN 242 - Studies in Modern American Literature
  • EN 243 - Studies in Postmodern American Literature
  • EN 245 - Introduction to African-American Literature
  • EN 341 - Special Topics in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • EN 342 - Special Topics in Twentieth-Century American Literature
  • EN 344 - Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
  • FAH 230 - The Arts of the United States and the Americas
  • FAH 258 - History of Photography
  • FAH 260 - The Cinematic Eye - A History of Film to 1945
  • FAH 262 - Contemporary Film - 1945 to the Present
  • MU 240 - American Music
  • MU 241 - American Musical Theater
  • MU 242 - Studies in Film Music
  • MU 243 - Studies in Jazz History
  • MU 246 - History of Rock and Roll
  • HI 106 - The U.S. Presidency
  • HI 199 - America: Origins to World Power
  • HI 250 - United States History to 1877
  • HI 251 - United States History from 1877
  • HI 350 - Colonial North America
  • HI 351 - Jacksonian America: 1824-1850
  • HI 352 - The Civil War and Reconstruction: 1850-1877
  • HI 354 - Contemporary America
  • HI 355 - Modern American Foreign Relations
  • HI 356 - The Old South
  • HI 357 - United States Labor History
  • HI 358 - History of New England
  • HI 359 - American Women's History
  • HI 361 - Civil Rights Movement
  • HI 362 - The New South
  • HI 374 - Special Topics: American History
  • PH 323 - Philosophy of Education
  • PH 341 - American Philosophy
  • PO 102 - American Government
  • PO 211 - Presidential Power
  • PO 212 - Constitutional Law
  • PO 213 - Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • PO 219 - State and Local Government
  • PO 235 - American Foreign Policy
  • PO 248 - Public Policy Process
  • PO 255 - Campaigns and Elections
  • PO 258 - American Political Thought
  • PO 353 - Politics of Diversity
  • PO 446 - Selected Topics in American Politics
  • PY 207 - Psychology of Gender
  • PY 209 - Political Psychology
  • SO 101 - Introduction to Sociology
  • SO 205 - The Family
  • SO 206 - Social Problems
  • SO 228 - Sociology of Health and Illness
  • SO 230 - Social Movements: People, Power and Change
  • SO 309 - Gender and Society
  • SO 330 - Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SO 335 - Law and Society
  • SO 342 - Social Inequality
  • SO 343 - Economy and Society
  • SO 344 - Political Sociology
  • TH 302 - Religion in America
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