American Studies Minor

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.

Requirements (18 credits)

Section 1

Required Course

AMS 110Introduction to American Studies

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Section 2

3 credits from the following:

ENG 210Survey of American Literature: Pre-Civil War

3

ENG 212/AFAM 212African-American Literature

3

ENG 341American Romanticism

3

ENG 343Modern American Literature

3

ENG 344Contemporary American Literature

3

ENG 345/AFAM 345Modern African-American Literature

3

ENG 448Advanced Studies in American Literature

3

Total Credit Hours:3

ENG 212 and ENG 345: At least 3 credits must represent diversity in American society. ENG 212 and ENG 345 satisfy this requirement.

Section 3

3 credits from the following:

HIST 161American History to 1877

3

HIST 330/WGSS 330History of Women in the United States, 1607-1865

3

HIST 331/WGSS 331History of Women in the United States, 1865-Present

3

HIST 369African-American History

3

Total Credit Hours:3

HIST 369 and HIST 469: At least 3 credits must represent diversity in American society. HIST 369 and HIST 469 satisfy this requirement.

Section 4

3 credits from the following:

PS 110American Government & Politics

3

PS 331American Constitutional Law

3

PS 332Civil Liberties

3

PS 430The American Presidency

3

PS 431The Legislative Process

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Section 5

3 credits from the following:

ENG 210Survey of American Literature: Pre-Civil War

3

ENG 212/AFAM 212African-American Literature

3

ENG 341American Romanticism

3

ENG 343Modern American Literature

3

ENG 344Contemporary American Literature

3

ENG 345/AFAM 345Modern African-American Literature

3

ENG 448Advanced Studies in American Literature

3

HIST 161American History to 1877

3

HIST 330/WGSS 330History of Women in the United States, 1607-1865

3

HIST 331/WGSS 331History of Women in the United States, 1865-Present

3

HIST 369African-American History

3

PS 110American Government & Politics

3

PS 331American Constitutional Law

3

PS 332Civil Liberties

3

PS 430The American Presidency

3

PS 431The Legislative Process

3

Total Credit Hours:3

ENG 212, ENG 345, HIST 369, and HIST 469: At least 3 credits must represent diversity in American society. ENG 212, ENG 345, HIST 369, and HIST 469 satisfy this requirement.

Section 6

3 credits from the following:

ANTH 352Ethnicity and Ethnic Identity

3

ANTH 422

ART 215The African Diaspora

3

ART 414American Art

3

CRM 110Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

3

GEOG 241/AMS 241/AMS 241Introduction to Planning

3

GEOG 330United States and Canada

3

MUS 401Topics in Music

1 TO 3

PHIL 382Special Topics in Philosophy

3

PHIL 400Seminar in Philosophy

3

PS 331American Constitutional Law

3

PS 332Civil Liberties

3

PS 430The American Presidency

3

PS 431The Legislative Process

3

REL 257Special Topics in Religion

3

SOC 322Race and Ethnic Relations

4

SOC 455Men, Masculinity, and Manhood

4

SOC 485Ads, Fads, and Consumer Culture

4

Total Credit Hours:3

ANTH 352, ART 215, GEOG 330, and SOC 322: At least 3 credits must represent diversity in American society. ANTH 352, ART 215, GEOG 330, and SOC 322 satisfy this requirement.

ART 215 and SOC 322: Note prerequisites

MUS 401, PHIL 382, PHIL 400, and REL 257: Under section or topic approved by the American Studies Committee

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

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

Total Credit Hours: 18

Other course options may be available if they focus specifically on some aspect of American culture; consult the American Studies coordinator, Mathew Foust (Department of Philosophy) at Foust@ccsu.edu for current options.