9.3. American Studies

Programs offered:
B.A. in American Studies
Minor in American Studies (TU)

The interdisciplinary major in American Studies is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop a systematic and in-depth understanding of American culture. By combining American Studies courses and courses from relevant disciplines (history, literature, the arts, economics and the social sciences), students may explore the relationships of diverse aspects of American life. Students also are able to pursue their special interests within American culture by developing an “area of concentration” that provides a specific focus for much of the work completed in fulfillment of major requirements.

In addition to introducing students to the field of American Studies, the major is designed to help students refine their fundamental intellectual skills, especially their writing and speaking skills. Skills of this sort will serve the student well long after many specific facts, postulates and theories have been forgotten. In short, the American Studies program seeks to prepare humane generalists – individuals who possess those basic qualities so necessary for leadership in a rapidly changing world.

B.A. in American Studies (see Sec. 8.5.1. for a complete list of B.A. graduation requirements)

  1. Completion of all the following courses:
    ECO 326 United States Economic History
    HIS 130 United States History to 1865
    HIS 330 Between World Wars: The United States, 1920-1945
    HIS 331 The Age of Affluence: The United States Since 1945
    POL 302 American Political Parties
    SOC 202 The American Experience (to be taken in the freshman or sophomore year)
  2. Completion of five of the following courses:
    CRS 260 Writing for Business and the Professions
    ECO 421 Money and Banking
    ECO 424 Labor Economics
    ECO 425 Public Finance
    ENG 341 Advanced Topics in Genre Studies: American Poetry
    ENG 393 Special Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies
    ENG 394 Special Topics in Major British and American Authors
    HIS 431 History of the United States Foreign Relations
    POL 201 Constitutional Law
    POL 303 Congress and the Presidency
    POL 304 African-American Politics
    POL 311 United States Foreign Policy
    SOC 201 The Family
    ULP 303 The New American City

Minor in American Studies (TU)

  1. Completion of SOC202 The American Experience (to be taken in the freshman or sophomore year).
  2. Completion of three of the following courses:
    ECO 326 United States Economic History
    HIS 130 United States History to 1865
    HIS 330 Between World Wars: The United States, 1920-1945
    HIS 331 The Age of Affluence: The United States Since 1945