Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021

American Studies (BA)

General Education Requirements  42 credits 
Major Requirements  39-43 credits 
Electives  35-39 credits
Total Credits Required  120

Major Requirements

AMS 101America: An Introduction(RLA)

3

American Literature

ENH 203Literary History of the United States to 1855(RLA)

4

ENH 204Literary History of the United States since 1855(RLA)

4

American History

HST 244United States History: 1607-1865(RLA)

4

HST 245United States History: 1865-Present(RLA)

4

An additional 16 credits in American Studies courses beyond AMS 101, including at least two courses at or above the 300-level

AMS 205/ART 205Modern Art in Latin America(RLA)

4

AMS 208/CIN 208/COM 208Latina/o Media(RLA)

4

AMS 209/ART 209Art and Society in America(TALA)

4

AMS 210/PHL 210American Philosophy

4

AMS 211American Culture in Black and White(P&D)

4

AMS 212Twentieth-Century America

4

AMS 214America in the World

4

AMS 220/GEG 222Geography of the United States

4

AMS 221/HST 211The American Dream

4

AMS 222The City in American Culture

4

AMS 224/HST 246Religion in America

4

AMS 227The Geography of Drugs(RLA)

4

AMS 230/CIN 230American Film and American Myth(TALA)

4

AMS 231American Myths and Realities

4

AMS 236/MUS 236Music in American Life(TALA)

4

AMS 237/MUS 237American Musical Theater(TALA)

3

AMS 239The American Civil War(RLA)

4

AMS 241Popular Culture and Mass Society(TALA)

4

AMS 243American Humor(TALA)

4

AMS 251/HST 240American Ideas

4

AMS 252American Arts

4

AMS 258/HST 258Vietnam and America: 1945-1975

4

AMS 303/ENL 303U.S. Fiction, Early National Period to Late Nineteenth Century(RLA)

4

AMS 304/ENL 304/LNG 304US Fiction, Early North American Literature(RLA)

4

AMS 306/ANT 306/SOC 306Latinas/os in the United States(P&D)

4

AMS 308/ART 308American Art Since 1945(RLA)

4

AMS 309/ENL 309/LNG 309U.S. Literature in Comparative Contexts(RLA)

4

AMS 335/HST 335Society and Culture in the United States(RLA)

4

AMS 377/AAD 377/ENL 377The African-American Literary Tradition(RLA)

4

Research Seminar

AMS 311The American Cultural Experience(RLA)

4

Foreign Language Requirement

ARB/ASL/CHN/FRN/ITL/SPNDemonstration of proficiency in a foreign language through the Intermediate level 213 or above

0-4

Total Credit Hours: 39-43

Total Credit Hours: 120

Honors

Graduating American Studies majors may apply for graduation with honors in AMS. To graduate with honors a student must have:

  • Fulfilled the requirements for the AMS major
  • Earned a 3.5 grade point average or better in AMS courses
  • Been recommended for honors by the AMS Honors Committee. To be recommended a student must have submitted a proposal for an honors thesis and have completed this thesis to the satisfaction of the Honors Committee.

The honors thesis should be a substantial research paper supervised by a committee of two AMS faculty members. One member of this committee will be the primary supervisor with whom the student will register for up to eight credits of independent study. Candidates should ask an AMS faculty member of their choosing to be their primary supervisor. The primary supervisor and the program coordinator will appoint the other member of the candidate’s committee in consultation with the candidate. The thesis submitted need not be a new work; it can be an extension of a paper previously submitted in a course. Theses submitted to the Honors Committee chair must have the signature of both members of the candidate’s committee on the title page.

Students planning to apply for graduation with honors must submit a one-page proposal for their Honors thesis, signed by the members of their committee, to the AMS Honors Committee in the final semester of their junior year. Honors thesis for majors graduating in January must be submitted to the AMS coordinator by November 20 for majors graduating in June or by April 1 for majors graduating in August.