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2012-2013 Academic Catalog 
2012-2013 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

American Studies Concentration

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American Studies


George Barlow

American studies is an evolving interdisciplinary field that is anchored by the interrelated study of race, gender, ethnicities, classes, sexuality, religion, and political culture. An acute sensitivity to the historical context of intellectual and social movements, influenced by both regional and global events, is at the core of such a pursuit and constitutes the purpose of a concentration in the 21st century.

The introductory course in the foundations in American studies explores themes through historical and literary documents and other resources. In addition to completing four required courses (the introduction, two theory courses, and the senior seminar), students plan a structured sequence of courses selected from core and elective lists representing a variety of disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Required, 24 credits as follows:

2. Elective Courses

  •  Two 4-credit courses, one course from social studies and one course from humanities

One 4-credit course chosen from the following:


One 4-credit course chosen from the following list or a 4-credit course with a primary focus on American society, which has been approved by the American studies concentration chair.

Additional courses in this category will be listed each semester in the registrar’s Schedule of Courses. Special topics courses (195, 295, and 395) and other variable content courses may be counted toward core course requirements with approval from the American Studies Concentration chair.

American Studies Course Descriptions


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