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2013-2014 Academic Catalog 
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American Studies Concentration

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American Studies


Sarah Purcell

Committee Members:

Stephen Andrews
George Barlow
Karla Erickson
Katya Gibel Mevorach
Matthew Johnson
Henry Morisada Rietz

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 three required courses (the introduction, a 200 level AMS course, and a research project), students plan a structured sequence of courses selected from an elective lists representing a variety of disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Concentration requirements: 24 credits as follows:

1. Required Courses: 4 credits

3. Elective Courses

Three 4-credit course chosen from the following list. At least one course must be from social studies and one course from humanities.

Additional courses in this category will be listed each semester in the registrar’s Schedule of Courses. Special topics courses (295, and 395) and other variable content courses 200 level and above may be counted toward core or elective course requirements with approval from the American Studies Concentration chair.

4. Capstone Research Project: 4 credits

 Students may choose one of the following two options for the fulfillment of this requirement:

a. Senior Research

Declaration of the intention to complete a senior research project will occur no later than the second semester of the junior year. The project should integrate previous coursework in the concentration. A proposal stating the research questions and describing a methodology must be submitted to and approved by the concentration in the fall semester of the senior year. Fall semester enrollment is allowed if the proposal is approved in the second semester of the third year.

b. Senior Paper in a Seminar Class

Students may choose to complete a research paper while enrolled as a senior in a pre-approved 300- or 400-level course. 

American Studies Course Descriptions


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