The American Studies major will demonstrate:
- Knowledge of the key factors shaping American history and culture;
- Understanding of the contribution of American literature to the construction of American culture.
- Awareness of the variety of cultural influences that shape American society, including (but not limited to) such field as art, politics, religion, and philosophy.
- The capacity to produce written and oral analysis of aspects of American identity.
(B.A. Degree) (No minor is required) Fifty-one hours required, including AMS 250 Introduction to American Studies; HIS 223 and 225, Introduction to American History I and II; HIS 475 Topics in the Social and Intellectual History of the U.S.; English 318 and 320, American Literature I and II; AMS 450 Senior American Studies Seminar.
In addition to the core courses, three of the following courses (from three different departments) are also required: ART 414 Modern Art History; COMM 306 Media Criticism; MUS 426 Music History Since 1750; PHIL 412 American Philosophy; HIS 338 Religion in American History; SOC 309 Sociology of Religion; SOC 113 Modern Social Problems; POS 100 American Government; ECO 221 Principles of Macroeconomics.
An additional seven courses will be chosen from the following allied departments (in consultation with the program director): Art, Biology, Business, Communications, Economics, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, and Sociology.