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Suggested Areas of Concentration for Part B

For American Studies Majors: All American Studies majors must decide upon an area of concentration within the eighteen hours of elective courses required for Part B of the major. Students may choose from over a dozen already articulated areas of concentration or construct their own. The area of concentration should be designed in consultation with and approved by the AMST Director of Undergraduate Studies. The AMST Director of Undergraduate Studies may approve courses not listed below to be counted for the major's Area of Concentration if the student proposes a compelling and rigorous plan of study. All 500-level and variable title/credit courses require the permission of the faculty offering the course and the AMST Director of Undergraduate Studies before they can be applied to the American Studies major.

List of Possible Areas of Concentration in American Studies

* = variable topic courses
@ = unapproved, intercollegiate courses
+ = CLA Core course

American Family (tentative)
AAS 37500 The Black Family+
CDFS 30100 Diversity in Individual & Family Life (no prereqs) @+
CDFS 43400 Aging & The Family (credit by exam; E. Gen. Ed. Elective)@

American History
HIST 30200 Historical Topics*
HIST 30400 America in the 1960s
HIST 35400 Women in American to 1870+
HIST 35500 History of American Military Affairs
HIST 35600 America in Vietnam
HIST 36500 Women in America+
HIST 36600 Hispanic Heritage of the U.S.+
HIST 37100 Society, Culture, and Rock & Roll
HIST 37200 History of the American West
HIST 37600 History of Indiana
HIST 37700 History & Culture of Native America
HIST 38200 American Constitutional History+
HIST 38300 Recent American Constitutional History
HIST 38400 The History of Aviation
HIST 38700 History of the Space Age
HIST 39400 Environmental History of the U.S.
HIST 39600 The Afro-American to 1865+
HIST 39800 The Afro-American from 1865+
HIST 39900 A History of Medicine in America
HIST 46000 American Colonial History
HIST 46100 The Revolutionary Era, 1763 to 1800
HIST 46300 Creation of American Legal Culture
HIST 46400 Jacksonian America 1815-1850
HIST 46500 Civil War & Reconstruction, 1850-1877
HIST 46700 The Emergence of Modern America
HIST 46800 Recent American History
HIST 46900 Black Civil Rights Movement
HIST 47100 History of the Great Plains Indians
HIST 47300 History of the South
HIST 47500 Spanish Frontier in North America
HIST 48500 Topics in American Political History*
HIST 49200 Seminar in Historical Topics*
HIST 49400 Science & Technology in American Civilization
HIST 49500 Research Seminar in Historical Topics*

American Literary Cultures
ENGL 25000 Great American Books
ENGL 35000 Survey of American Literature from Its Beginnings to 1865+
ENGL 35100 Survey of American Literature from 1865 to the Post WWII Period+
ENGL 35200 Native American Literature
ENGL 35400 Asian American Literature
ENGL 35800 Black Drama+
ENGL 35900 Black Women Writers
ENGL 37000 19th Century American Literature
ENGL 37100 20th Century American Literature
ENGL 38200 The American Novel+
ENGL 38600 History of the Film to 1938
ENGL 38700 History of the Film 1938 to the Present
ENGL 39600 Studies in Literature & Language*
ENGL 41100 Studies in Major Authors*
ENGL 41200 Studies in Genre*
ENGL 41300 Studies in Literature & History*
ENGL 41400 Studies in Literature & Culture*
ENGL 46000 Studies in Women's Literature*

American Politics & Communities
HIST 48500 Topics in Amerian Political History*
POL 23100 Introduction to U.S. Foreign Policy
POL 30100 American Political Systems
POL 31400 The President & Policy Process
POL 32600 Black Political Participation in America+
POL 35300 Current Political Ideologies
POL 36000 Women & the Law
POL 37300 Campaigns & Elections
POL 41000 Political Parties & Politics
POL 41100 Congress: Structure & Functioning
POL 41500 U.S. Politics & the Media
POL 42500 Environmental Law & Politics
POL 43400 U.S. Foreign Policy, Central America, & the Caribbean
POL 43600 Selected Problems in United States Foreign Policy
POL 46000 Judicial Politics
SOC 31200 American Society+

American Religious Studies
ANTH 373 Anthropology of Religion
ENGL 39600 Studies in Literature & Language*
SOC 36700 Religion in America

American Visual Culture & Media Studies
AD 33400 New Media Culture
AD 35800 History of Graphic Art & Graphic Design
AD 38200 19th Century Art
AD 38400 Contemporary Art
AD 39500 History of Design
AD 45400 Modern Architecture
AD 5900 Images of Nature
AAS 47300 Blacks in Hollywood Film
CGT 44400 The History & Technique of Visual Effects in Film (no prereqs)@
COM 32900 History of the Mass Media
ENGL 41400 Studies in Literature & Culture*
ITAL 33500 Italian American Cinema
LA 26600 Frank Lloyd Wright@
POL 41500 U.S. Politics & the Media

Class Studies & Social Relations
ECON 37500 U.S. Economic History (no prereqs)@
ECON 45600 Urban Economics (no prereqs)@
SOC 31200 American Society+
SOC 39100 Selected Topics in Sociology*
WOST 38300 Women & Work

Early American Studies
ENGL 35000 Survey of American Literature from Its Beginnings to 1865+
HIST 46000 American Colonial History
HIST 46100 The Revolutionary Era, 1763 to 1800
HIST 47500 Spanish Frontier in North America

Environmental Studies
AD 59000 Images of Nature
FNR 24000 Wildlife in America@
HIST 39400 Environmental History of the U.S.
LA 26600 Frank Lloyd Wright@
POL 42500 Environmental Law & Politics

Gender & Sexuality
AAS 37000 Black Women Rising
AAS 37600 The Black Male
AAS 37700 African American Sexuality & Society
ENGL 35900 Black Women Writers
ENGL 46000 Studies in Women's Literature*
HIST 35400 Women in America to 1870+
HIST 36500 Women in America+
POL 36000 Women & the Law+
PSY 33500 Stereotypes & Prejudice+
SOC 45000 Sex Roles in Modern Society
WOST 38000 Gender & Multiculturalism
WOST 38100 Women of Color in the U.S.+
WOST 38300 Women & Work
WOST 48200 Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality

Global American Studies
ANTH 34000 Global Perspectives on Health
ANTH 50500 Culture & Society
HIST 35600 America in Vietnam
HIST 47500 Spanish Frontier in North America
POL 23100 Introduction to U.S. Foreign Policy
POL 43400 U.S. Foreign Policy, Central America, & the Caribbean
POL 43600 Selected Problems in United States Foreign Policy

Legal & Constitutional Studies
AGEC 45500 Agricultural Law (no prereqs)@
AGEC 45600 Federal Income Tax Law (no prereqs)@
HIST 38200 American Constitutional History+
HIST 38300 Recent American Constitutional History+
HIST 46300 Creation of American Legal Culture
MGMT 45300 Labor & Employment Law*@
POL 46100 Constitutional Law I
POL 46200 Constitutional Law II

Nineteenth Century America
ENGL 35000 Survey of American Literature from Its Beginnings to 1865+
ENGL 37000 19th Century American Literature
HIST 35400 Women in America to 1870)
HIST 46400 Jacksonian America 1815-1850
HIST 46500 Civil War & Reconstruction, 1850 to 1877

Race & Ethnic Studies
AAS 47300 Blacks in Hollywood Film
ANTH 36800 Sociolinguistic Study of African American English
ANTH 37900 Indians of North America+
ANTH 50500 Culture & Society
ASAM 24000 Introduction to Asian American Studies
ENGL 35200 Native American Literature
ENGL 35400 Asian American Literature
ENGL 35800 Black Drama+
ENGL 35900 Black Women Writers
HIST 36600 Hispanic Heritage of the U.S.+
HIST 37700 History & Culture of Native America
HIST 39600 The Afro-American to 1865+
HIST 39800 The Afro-American from 1865+
HIST 46900 Black Civil Rights Movement
HIST 47100 History of Great Plains Indians
ITAL 33500 Italian American Cinema
PHIL 24000 Philosophy, Culture, & the African American Experience
POL 32600 Black Political Participation in America+
PSY 33500 Stereotyping & Prejudice+
SOC 31000 Racial & Ethnic Diversity+
SPAN 33500 The Literatue of the Spanish-Speaking Peoples in the U.S.+
WOST 38100 Women of Color in the U.S.+

Technology & Society
AD 33400 New Media Culture
HIST 38400 History of Aviation
HIST 38700 History of the Space Age
HIST 49400 Science & Technology in American Civilization

Twentieth Century America
ENGL 37100 20th Century American Literature
ENGL 38700 History of the Film 1938 to Present
HIST 30400 American in the 1960s
HIST 35600 America in Vietnam

 

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  • American Popular Culture
  • American Public Policy
  • American Regionalisms
  • Education in America
  • Health Histories & Practices
    ANTH 340 Global Perspectives on Health
    HIST 399 A History of Medicine in America
  • Material Cultures of America
  • Urban Studies