Minor in American Studies (18 credits)

Program Overview

The American studies minor gives students the opportunity to explore the diverse culture of the United States in an interdisciplinary context. In consultation with an American studies advisor, students are encouraged to shape an individualized course of study to meet their own academic goals.

The certificate in American studies is primarily for international students who come to the United States for an introductory program in American studies or who wish to take such a program at a CCSU extension college abroad

Section 1

AMS 110  Introduction to American Studies 3

Section 2

3 credits from the following:

ENG 210 Survey of American Literature: Pre-Civil War 3
ENG 212* African-American Literature 3
ENG 341 The American Renaissance 3
ENG 343 Modern American Literature 3
ENG 344 Contemporary American Literature 3
ENG 345* Modern African-American Literature 3
ENG 448 Studies in American Literature 3

Section 3

3 credits from the following:

HIST 161 American History to 1877 3
HIST 330 History of Women in the United States, 1620-1865 3
HIST 331 History of Women in the United States, 1865-Present 3
HIST 369* African-American History 3
HIST 465 Economic History of the United States 3
HIST 469* African Americans in the 20th Century 3

Section 4

3 credits from the following:

PS110 American Government & Politics 3
PS 331 American Constitutional Law 3
PS 332 Civil Liberties 3
PS 430 The American Presidency 3
PS 431 The Legislative Process 3

Section 5

3 credits from the following:

ENG 210 Survey of American Literature: Pre-Civil War 3
ENG 212* African-American Literature 3
ENG 341 The American Renaissance 3
ENG 343 Modern American Literature 3
ENG 344 Contemporary American Literature 3
ENG 345* Modern African-American Literature 3
ENG 448 Studies in American Literature 3
HIST 161 American History to 1877 3
HIST 330 History of Women in the United States, 1620-1865 3
HIST 331 History of Women in the United States, 1865-Present 3
HIST 369* African-American History 3
HIST 465 Economic History of the United States 3
HIST 469* African Americans in the 20th Century 3
PS 110 American Government & Politics 3
PS 331 American Constitutional Law 3
PS 332 Civil Liberties 3
PS 430 The American Presidency 3
PS 431 The Legislative Process 3

Section 6

3 credits from the following:

ANTH 352* Ethnicity and Ethnic Identity 3
ANTH 422 Native Americans 3
ART 215*1 The African Diaspora 3
ART 414 American Art 3
CRM 110 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System 3
GEOG 241 Introduction to Planning 3
GEOG 330* United States and Canada 3
MUS 4012 Topics in Music 1-3
PHIL 3822 Special Topics in Philosophy 3
PHIL 400 Seminar in Philosophy 3
PS 331 American Constitutional Law 3
PS 332 Civil Liberties 3
PS 430 The American Presidency 3
PS 431 The Legislative Process 3
REL 2572 Special Topics in Religion 3
SOC 322*1 Race and Ethnic Relations 3
SOC 455 Men, Masculinity, & Manhood in American Society 3
SOC 485 Ads, Fads, and Consumer Culture 3

Students may take AMS 490: Internship in American Studies as a substitute for one of the courses listed in sections 5 or 6.

Other course options may be available if they focus specifically on some aspect of American culture; consult the American Studies coordinator for current options.

Note: At least 3 credits must represent diversity in American society. Courses that satisfy this requirement are indicated by an asterisk (*).

Note: At least 6 credits must be at the 300/400 level.

1 Note prerequisites
2 Under section or topic approved by the American Studies Committee
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