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American Studies Minor

(18-20 credits)

Coordinator: Carol Kolmerten

A minor in American studies allows a student to focus on American culture from a variety of perspectives. This minor helps students to understand the relationships between ideas, institutions and aesthetic forms. Using the tools of several disciplines, students can better understand the symbols, myths and values that pervade American culture. The minor is jointly offered by the departments of English, history, political science, and sociology and social work.

Requirements for the Minor (12 credits):
  • ENGL 223 American Literature
  • HIST 218 History of the United States since 1865
  • SOC 215 Social Problems
Two of the following (6-8 credits):
  • AFEN 265 African-American Voices Before the 20th Century
  • AFEN 266 The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond: 20th Century African-American Literature
  • AFPS 355 African-American Political Thought
  • ENGL 261 American Transcendentalism and Dark Romanticism
  • ENGL 275 American Novel
  • ENGL 280 20th Century Ethnic Narratives
  • ENHN 368 American Landscapes: Environmental Literature in the United States
  • HIST 217 History of the United States to 1865
  • HIST 338 The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1877-1929
  • HIST 339 New Deal America, 1929-2000
  • PSCI 203 Introduction to U.S. Politics
  • PSCI 307 American Constitutional Law
  • REL 211 American Religious History
  • SOC 323 Ethnicity in the United States