Examples of thematic concentrations for American Studies major, Interdepartmental major or minor, and possible courses:

* Designates course that fulfills race & gender program requirement for major, ID & minor


The Colonial Era

AAH-260  Art of the United States       

EGL-209  American Literature in Historical Context: Beginnings to 1800

HST-101  History of the United States to the Civil War

HST-114  The American Revolution

HST-212  Women in Colonial and Victorian America (WGS) *

HST-216  The Writing and Ratification of the Constitution

HST-218  Death in America

PSC-111  Introduction to U.S. Politics 

PSC-332  American Political Thought to World War I

American Revolution through the Civil War

AAH-250T  The Architecture of the Federal Capital

AAH-260  Art of the United States       

EGL-209  American Literature in Historical Context: Beginnings to 1800

EGL-215  American Literature in Historical Context: The 19th Century

EGL-304  Seminar on Charles Brockden Brown

HST-118  Civil War and Reconstruction

HST-215  Revolutions in Americans’ Lives

HST-216  The Writing and Ratification of the Constitution

HST-218  Death in America

19th Century America

AMU-130  American Music

EGL-215  American Literature in Historical Context: The 19th Century

EGL-228  The American Renaissance

EGL-319  Junior Seminar: Emily Dickinson

HST-118  Civil War and Reconstruction

HST-215  Revolutions in Americans’ Lives

HST-218  Death in America

PHL-264  Philosophy of American Education

PSC-111  Introduction to U.S. Politics   

PSC-332  American Political Thought to World War I

American Modernism

AAH-222  History of Photography

AAH-260  Art of the United States       

AAH-363  Early American Modernism, 1900-1945

EGL-217   American Literature in Historical Context: 1900-1960

EGL-233   New York Modern

EGL-270   Modern Poetry

EGL-304   Junior Seminar: Harlem Renaissance *

HST-120  The Progressive Era and the Great War, 1890-1920

HST-129  History of Sports in America

HST-215  Revolutions in Americans’ Lives

HST-218  Death in America

HST-223  Twentieth Century American Intellectual History

PHL-264  Philosophy of American Education

PSC-283  Social and Political Movements (SOC 270)

Contemporary America: c. 1960-present.

AAH-366  Contemporary Art and Theory

AAH-460  Seminar: Visual Culture, Race & Gender *

AMU-130  American Music

AMU-131  Music of Black America *

AMU-132  The History of Jazz

ECO-233  Public Policy and American Industry

EGL-218  American Literature in Historical Context: 1960-Present

EGL-255  Discourses on the Vietnam War

EGL-234  The Beats and Contemporary Culture

EGL-261  American Fiction Since 1960

EGL-272  American Poetry Since 1960

EGL-393  Studies in a Major Film Director: David Lynch

EGL-304/5  Junior Seminars:

  • Bob Dylan
  • The Independent Press and Contemporary Poetry

HST-125  Coming Apart? America in the Sixties (WGS) *

HST-126  Since Yesterday: United States History, 1974-2000 (WGS) *

HST-127  America in the Vietnam War

HST-129  History of Sports in America

HST-218  Death in America

HST-331  Representing America: United States History in Film

PHL-264  Philosophy of American Education

PHL-341  Twentieth Century Philosophy

PSC-111  Introduction to U.S. Politics   

Latino/as in the US History & Culture

AAH-460  Seminar: Visual Culture, Race & Gender (WGS)*

HST-135  Latinos(as) in U.S. History *

HST-215  Revolutions in Americans’ Lives

MLT-282  North/South Relations and Diasporic Politics *

MLT-285  From Virgin to Sex Goddess: Re-Envisioning the Chicana Experience Through Art & Literature *

MLT-289  Literature of the Mexican-American Border *

PSC-267  Race and the American Political System *

SOC-233  Race, Class, and Gender in American Society (WGS) *

SPN-350  Vision and Voices: Chicana Icons from Myth to Matter (WGS) *

African American History & Culture **

AAH-460  Seminar: Visual Culture, Race & Gender *

AMU-131  Music of Black America *

AMU-132  The History of Jazz

EGL-216  African-American Literature in Historical Context: Beginnings to 1900: Vision and Re-Vision *

EGL-219  African-American Literature in Historical Context: 1900-Present *

EGL-240  Black Women Writers *

EGL-274  Introduction to Black Poetry

EGL-304  Junior Seminar: Harlem Renaissance

EGL-405  Senior Seminar: Hughes and Hurston

HST-131  African-American History I *

HST-132  African-American History II *

HST-231  The Civil Rights Movement *

HST-322  Slavery and Freedom *

PSC-267  Race and the American Political System *

SOC-230  African-Americans in Contemporary Society * 

SOC-233  Race, Class, and Gender in American Society (WGS) *

* *Note: Minor in this area done through Africana Studies Program

Comparative American Ethnic Studies

ANT-180  North American Indians *

ECO-234  Japanese-American Finance & Trade Relations *    

EGL-254  Literary Hauntings

EGL-255  Discourses on the Viet Nam War: Literature, Film and History on the Conflict in Viet Nam *

EGL-239  American Indian Women Writers *

EGL-243  Introduction to American Indian Literature and Film *

EGL-244  Asian American Literature and Film *

EGL-405  Senior Seminar: Hughes and Hurston

HST-128  The American Jewish Experience *

HST-215  Revolutions in Americans’ Lives

HST-332  Transnational America

AMU-131  Music of Black America *

AMU-132  The History of Jazz

MLT-203  Asian American Film and Performance (EAS & WGS) *

MLT-282  North/South Relations and Diasporic Politics *

MLT-285  From Virgin to Sex Goddess: Re-Envisioning the Chicana Experience Through Art & Literature *

MLT-289  Literature of the Mexican-American Border *

MLT-203  Asian American Film and Performance (EAS & WGS) *

SPN-350  Vision and Voices: Chicana Icons from Myth to Matter (WGS) *

PSC-240(R)  Comparative Ethnic and Racial Politics

PSC-267  Race and the American Political System *

SOC-230  African-Americans in Contemporary Society * 

SOC-233  Race, Class, and Gender in American Society (WGS) *

SOC-346  African American Women: Unheard Voices and Contemporary Lifestyles (WGS) *

America in the World

EGL-255  Discourses on the Viet Nam War: Literature, Film and History on the Conflict in Viet Nam *

ECO-234  Japanese-American Finance & Trade Relations *      

HST-127  America in the Vietnam War

HST-332  Transnational America

PSC-240(R)  Comparative Ethnic and Racial Politics

PSC-241(R)  Religion and Politics

PSC-251  American Foreign Policy

PSC-257 (R)  U.S. Empire in Crisis

PSC-355(R)  Defense Policy

PSC-362  CIA and the Art of Intelligence

American Identity: Race, Class & Gender

AMU-131  Music of Black America *

AMU-132  The History of Jazz

EGL-304  Junior Seminar: Feminist Literary Study *

EGL-405  Senior Seminar: Hughes and Hurston

HST-312  History of Women’s Rights in the United States (WGS) *

HST-212  Women in Colonial and Victorian America (WGS) *

HST-213  Women in Modern America (WGS) *

HST-222  Other Voices: Women in the History of American Ideas (WGS) *

HST-231  The Civil Rights Movement *

MLT-203  Asian American Film and Performance (EAS & WGS) *

MLT-285  From Virgin to Sex Goddess: Re-Envisioning the Chicana Experience Through Art & Literature *

PSC-263  The Politics of Poverty and Welfare

PSC-240(R)  Comparative Ethnic and Racial Politics

PSC-241(R)  Religion and Politics

PSC-267  Race and the American Political System *

PSC-371  Civil Rights and Civil Liberties *

PSC-385  Women and Politics (WGS) *

PSC-434  Feminist Film (WGS-495) *

SOC-230  African-Americans in Contemporary Society * 

SOC-231  Sex and Gender in American Society (WGS) *

SOC-233  Race, Class, and Gender in American Society (WGS) *

SOC-284  Sociology of Women & Health (WGS) *

SPN-350  Vision and Voices: Chicana Icons from Myth to Matter (WGS) *

The Cold War Era

EGL-218   American Literature in Historical Context: 1960-Present

HST-123  Postwar America and the Origins of the Cold War

HST-125  Coming Apart? America in the Sixties (WGS)

HST-215  Revolutions in Americans’ Lives

HST-218  Death in America

PHL-264  Philosophy of American Education

PSC-111  Introduction to U.S. Politics   

PSC-283  Social and Political Movements (SOC 270)

PSC-369  Seminar: U.S. Politics

American Creativity in the 20th Century

AAH-260  Art of the United States

AAH-222  History of Photography

AAH-363  Early American Modernism, 1900-1945

AAH-366  Contemporary Art and Theory

AAH-460  Seminar: Visual Culture, Race & Gender *

ADA-052  Dance in America

ADA-140  American Musical Theatre and Dance (ATH-140)

ATH-140  American Musical Theatre and Dance (ADA-140)

EGL-217  American Literature in Historical Context: 1900-1960

EGL-218  American Literature in Historical Context: 1960-Present

EGL-219  African-American Literature in Historical Context: 1900-Present *

EGL-229  American Realism and Naturalism

EGL-233  New York Modern

EGL-234  The Beats and Contemporary Culture

EGL-239  American Indian Women Writers *

EGL-240  Black Women Writers *

EGL-243  Introduction to American Indian Literature and Film *

EGL-244  Asian American Literature and Film *

EGL-254  Literary Hauntings

EGL-255  Discourses on the Viet Nam War: Literature, Film and History on the Conflict in Viet Nam *

EGL-286  Film: The American Western

EGL-287  Science Fiction        

EGL-260  Modern American Novel

EGL-261  American Fiction Since 1960

EGL-262  American Regionalism

EGL-270  Modern Poetry

EGL-274  Introduction to Black Poetry *

EGL-285  Film as Fictive Art: American and European Films

EGL-304/5  Junior Seminars:

  • Bob Dylan
  • Harlem Renaissance *
  • Feminist Literary Study *
  • The Independent Press and Contemporary Poetry
  • Literature of the American South
  • Hughes and Hurston *

HST-223  Twentieth Century American Intellectual History

Progressive America: Civil Rights and Social Justice

AAH-460  Seminar: Visual Culture, Race & Gender (WGS)*

ECO-345  Nonprofits, Cooperatives, and Other Non-Traditional Firms

EGL-274  Introduction to Black Poetry *

HST-213  Women in Modern America (WGS) *

HST-312  History of Women’s Rights in the United States (WGS) *

HST-231  The Civil Rights Movement *

HST-217  American Folk Music/American History

HST-411  Seminar in US History: Socialist Tradition

HST-222  Other Voices:Women in the History of American Ideas (WGS)*

PHL-264  Philosophy of American Education

PSC-111  Introduction to U.S. Politics 

PSC-246  Contentious Politics

PSC-261  Public Opinion

PSC-283  Social and Political Movements (SOC 270)

PSC-371  Civil Rights and Civil Liberties *

PSC-385  Women and Politics (WGS) *

American Industrialization: The Environment, Society and Labor

ANT-241  Environmental Anthropology

ECO-225  Economics of Sin

ECO-228  Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

ECO-233  Public Policy and American Industry

ECO-237  Gender Issues in Economics *

ECO-339  Public Finance

ECO-344  Economics of Education

ECO-345  Nonprofits, Cooperatives, and Other Non-Traditional Firms

ECO-387  Seminar in Labor

EGL-210  Nuclear Technology in War and Peace: A Study of Issues and Choices

EGL-229  American Realism and Naturalism

ENS-209  Renewable Energy Systems

HST-121  The Depression and New Deal

HST-335  American Environmental History

HST-215  Revolutions in Americans’ Lives

PHL-264  Philosophy of American Education

PHL-273  Environmental Ethics

PSC-111  Introduction to U.S. Politics   

PSC-272  The Environment, Energy, and U.S. Politics

PSC-263  The Politics of Poverty and Welfare

SOC-270  Social Movements, the Environment, and Society

American Media & Popular Culture

ANT-236  Youth and Popular Cultures

AAH-366  Contemporary Art and Theory

EGL-234  The Beats and Contemporary Culture

EGL-287  Science Fiction        

EGL-286  Film: The American Western

EGL-285  Film as Fictive Art: American and European Films

HST-333  Hollywood Film: An American History

HST-129  History of Sports in America

HST-331  Representing America: United States History in Film

AMU-130  American Music

AMU-131  Music of Black America *

AMU-132  The History of Jazz

PSC-269  Media and Politics

Rural America and Regional Traditions

EGL-318  Junior Seminar: Literature of the American South

HST-217  American Folk Music/American History

HST-311  Frontiers in the Americas

PSC-263  The Politics of Poverty and Welfare