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American Studies Major and Minor Requirements

Requirements for the Major in American Studies

For more detailed information, refer to the University Catalogue of your entering year.

The American Studies major requires 36 semester hours to complete the program. These will include 8 required hours – AST 200 Special Topics in American Culture and Society (4 semester hours), and AST 400 Seminar in American Studies (4 semester hours) – and 28 additional hours selected from the “Courses in the American Studies Program” list, of which at least eight semester hours must be at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in American studies must submit a written proposal for admission into the major to the Director of American Studies. The proposal will design a coherent sequence of courses that explores in depth a topic related to the American experience. The proposal must be approved by the American Studies Board, and may be modified with the Director’s written approval.

Courses in the American Studies Program

Africana Studies
Please note: the following Africana Studies courses, during those semesters in which the course has a principal focus on the United States, will count toward in the American Studies curriculum. Please check with both your Africana Studies professor prior to taking the course in any given term. (Africana Studies courses, during some terms, may not include much of a focus on the United States, and in such cases will not be appropriate for American Studies credit.)

  • Pivotal Africana Figures
  •  Rap and Rhetoric of the Hip Hop Generation
  • Pan Africanism
  • Black Diaspora Culture
  • Imagining Slavery
  • Rap and Rhetoric of the Hip Hop Generation


  • History of American Art


  • Introduction to Film
  • Survey of the Mass Media
  • Persuasion and Social Movements.
  • Minorities, Women and the Media
  • Gender, Communication and Society
  • American Indian Rhetoric
  • African American Rhetoric
  • Media Law and Policy

Criminal Justice

  • Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice


  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  •  Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Health Economics
  • Money and Banking
  • Economics of Gender
  • Seminar in Labor


  • American Literature I.
  • American Literature II.
  • Global Anglophone Literature.
  •  Africana Literature.
  • Native American Literature.
  •  Literature to Film.
  • Literature and Human Rights
  • Modernism/Postmodernism
  • Gender Issues in Literature and Culture
  • Major Authors (when American)

Foreign Language—Spanish-American

  • Spanish and Spanish-American Pop Culture
  • Gender and Ethnicity in Spanish-American Literature.
  • Spanish and Spanish-American Culture and Civilization.
  • Hispanic Perspectives on U.S. Society
  • Spanish-American Readings

Gender Studies

  • Introduction to Gender Studies
  • Special Topics in Gender Studies
  •  Introduction to Men’s Studies
  • Gender, Body, Identity
  • Special Topics in Gender Studies
  •  Seminar in Gender Studies
  • Special Topics in Gender Studies
  •  Independent Study in Gender Studies
  •  Internship in Gender Studies


  • The Historian’s Craft.
  • Museum Studies
  • Colonial America.
  • Nineteenth Century United States
  • Progressive Movement in American History, 1880 to 1945
  • United States Since 1945
  • African-American History
  • American Women’s History.
  • History of Civil Rights Movements in the U.S.


  • Music in American Life

Political Science

  • Introduction to Public Service
  • American National Government
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Introduction to Law and the Legal System
  • The U.S. Congress
  • The American Presidency
  • Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
  • The Electoral Process
  • Public Policy

Religious Studies

  • Native American Spirituality
  • The Black Church
  • Gender and Religion


  • Introduction to Social Services
  • Contemporary Social Issues
  • The Many Faces of Poverty
  • American Society
  • Sex, Love and Relationships
  •  The World of Education: A Sociological Perspective.
  • American Family
  •  The World of Males and Females: A Sociological Perspective
  • Minority Group Relations
  • Diversity: Intercultural Communication

*Note: Other courses, especially 199/299/399 courses in various disciplines, may treat topics pertinent to American Studies, and such courses may be taken to satisfy the major or minor in American Studies if prior written approval is obtained from the Director of American Studies.

Requirements for the Minor in American Studies

The minor shall consist of at least 16 semester hours and must include AST 200. The other 12 semester hours may not include more than eight semester hours from the offerings of a single department. At least one course taken for the minor must be at the 300 level or above.