American Studies

Degree Requirements

Requirements for the Concentration (45 units)

Students majoring in the American Studies Concentration must complete 45 units with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher.

Required Lower-Division Courses (12 units)

AMST 201 Introduction to American Studies (3)
plus 9 units from the following:
ANTH 209 Anthropology of American Culture (3)
ARTH 113 Myths and Stories in Art History (3)
ENGL 230 Main Currents in American Literature (3)
ENGL 231 American Literature to 1865 (3) or
or ENGL 232 American Literature since 1865 (3)

HIST 145 History of the United States to the Mid-19th Century (3)
or HIST 146 History of the United States since the Mid-19th Century (3)
MUSC 111 Introduction to American Music (3)
POSC 103 American National Government (3)
SOCI 241 Blacks in America: Myth and Reality (3)

Required Upper-Division Courses (33 units)

No more than 9 units may be taken in any one department.

Anthropology
ANTH 311 Archaeology of Maryland (3)
ANTH 365 North American Indians (3)
ANTH 383 North American Archaeology (3)
ANTH 387 Native American Archaeoastronomy (3)

American Studies
AMST 491 Directed Readings (3)
AMST 497 Internship in Material Culture (3)

Art History
ARTH 337 American Art (3)
ARTH 335 African American Art (3)

Criminal Justice
CRMJ 356 Prisons in America (3)

English
ENGL 331 American Drama (3)
ENGL 353 History of American English (3)
ENGL 431 Literature of the American Romantic Period (3)
ENGL 432 Literature of the American Realistic Period (3)
ENGL 433 American Short Story (3)
ENGL 435 Development of the American Novel: 19th Century (3)
ENGL 436 Development of the American Novel: 20th Century (3)
ENGL 437 American Poetry through Frost (3)
ENGL 438 Modern American Poetry (3)
ENGL 473 Topics in American Literature (3)
ENGL 476 Topics in Multiethnic American Literature (3)
ENGL 477 Topics in Black American Literature (3)

Geography
GEOG 420 Geography of Anglo America (3)
GEOG 423 Geography of Maryland (3)

History
HIST 306 Women in 20th-Century American History (3)
HIST 331 American Military History 1898-1945 (3)
HIST 332 American Military History since 1945 (3)
HIST 345 The American Colonies: 1492-1763 (3)
HIST 346 The American Revolutionary Period: 1763-1789 (3)
HIST 347 The Early National Period (3)
HIST 348 The Jacksonian Era (3)
HIST 349 The Civil War (3)
HIST 350 The Era of Reconstruction (3)
HIST 351 The U.S. Age of Enterprise (3)
HIST 352 The U.S. Age of Reform (3)
HIST 359 The F.D.R. Era (3)
HIST 360 Recent American History (3)
HIST 361 Gays and Lesbians in U.S. History (3)
HIST 363 Social History of the U.S. to 1865 (3)
HIST 364 Social History of the U.S. since 1865 (3)
HIST 366 History of American Business (3)
HIST 367 Development of the U.S. Constitution (3)
HIST 368 The Bill of Rights and the Constitution (3)
HIST 370 Diplomatic History of the U.S. (3)
HIST 374 The Far Western Frontier (3)
HIST 375 The City in American History (3)
HIST 378 Immigrants and Immigration (3)
HIST 379 History of Native Americans: The East (3)
HIST 380 History of Native Americans: The West (3)
HIST 381 African-American History to the Mid-19th Century (3)
HIST 382 African-American History from the Mid-19th Century (3)
HIST 385 American Labor (3)
HIST 389 Roots of Rock and Roll (3)
HIST 397 History of Maryland (3)
HIST 484 Historical Themes (3)

Kinesiology
KNES 357 Sport in Film (3)
KNES 441 The American Woman in Sport (3)
KNES 451 History of Sport in America (3)

Music
MUSC 421 American Music (3)

Philosophy
PHIL 326 American Philosophy (3)

Political Science
POSC 305 Urban Government and Politics (3)
POSC 355 The Latin American Policy of the U.S. (3)
POSC 381 The Presidency (3)
POSC 383 Congress (3)
POSC 384 The Judicial System (3)
POSC 417 American Political Parties (3)
POSC 418 Constitutional Law and Politics (3)
POSC 419 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: The First and Fourteenth Amendments (3)
POSC 430 American Political Thought (3)
POSC 432 U.S.-Russian Relations (3)
POSC 441 Contemporary U.S.-Western European Relations (3)

Sociology
SOCI 329 Demography (3)
SOCI 321 Social Movements (3)
SOCI 327 Urban Sociology (3)
SOCI 356 Prisons in America (3)

Other courses relating to American culture may be substituted with the approval of the program coordinator.

Requirements for the Minor (21 units)

The minor in American Studies is designed for students majoring in another discipline who wish to learn more about American culture. Students minoring in American Studies must complete 21 units with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher in each course.

Required Lower-Division Courses (9 units)

AMST 201 Introduction to American Studies (3)
Plus 6 units from the following:

ANTH 209 Anthropology of American Culture (3)

ARTH 113 Myths and Stories in American Art (3)

ENGL 230 Main Currents in American Literature (3)

HIST 145 History of the United States to the Mid-19th Century (3)
or HIST 146 History of the United States since the Mid-19th Century (3)

MUSC 111 Introduction to American Music (3)

POSC 103 American National Government (3)

Required Upper-Division Courses (12 units)

Students choose 12 units from the above list of upper-division courses for the major. No more than 6 units may be taken in any one department. Students should select courses in consultation with the American Studies director.

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