American Studies

Courses & Requirements

Thematic Concentrations

American Studies students identify a thematic concentration, or intensive study centered on either an era (such as antebellum America or the United States since the Cold War) or a topic (such as the emergence of mass culture, social justice, or race and ethnicity in American life). In consultation with his or her American Studies academic advisor, the students will select and take courses that fit the theme. The following are possible thematic concentrations (these are only suggestions; there are many more possibilities).

  • 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
  • American Media and 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
  • 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
  • Progressive America: Civil Rights and Social Justice
    • AAH-460  Seminar: Visual Culture, Race and Gender (GSW)
    • ECO-345  Nonprofits, Cooperatives, and Other Non-Traditional Firms
    • EGL-274  Introduction to Black Poetry
    • HST-213  Women in Modern America (GSW)
    • HST-312  History of Women’s Rights in the United States (GSW)
    • HST-231  The Civil Rights Movement
    • HST-217  American Folk Music/American History
    • HST-411  Seminar in U.S. History: Socialist Tradition
    • HST-222  Other Voices:Women in the History of American Ideas (GSW)
    • 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 (GSW)
  • 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 and 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 Vietnam War: Literature, Film and History on the Conflict in Vietnam
    • 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
  • 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 (GSW)
    • 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 Identity: Race, Class and 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 (GSW)
    • HST-212  Women in Colonial and Victorian America (GSW)
    • HST-213  Women in Modern America (GSW)
    • HST-222  Other Voices: Women in the History of American Ideas (GSW)
    • HST-231  The Civil Rights Movement
    • MLT-203  Asian American Film and Performance (AIS and GSW)
    • MLT-285  From Virgin to Sex Goddess: Re-Envisioning the Chicana Experience Through Art and 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 (GSW)
    • PSC-434  Feminist Film (GSW-495)
    • SOC-230  African-Americans in Contemporary Society
    • SOC-231  Sex and Gender in American Society (GSW)
    • SOC-233  Race, Class, and Gender in American Society(GSW)
    • SOC-284  Sociology of Women & Health (GSW)o Matter (WGS)
  • America in the World
    • EGL-255  Discourses on the Vietnam War: Literature, Film and History on the Conflict in Vietnam
    • ECO-234  Japanese-American Finance and 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
  • Comparative American Ethnic Studies
    • ANT-180  North American Indians
    • ECO-234  Japanese-American Finance and Trade Relations
    • EGL-254  Literary Hauntings
    • EGL-255  Discourses on the Vietnam War: Literature, Film and History on the Conflict in Vietnam
    • 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 (AIS and GSW)
    • MLT-282  North/South Relations and Diasporic Politics
    • MLT-285  From Virgin to Sex Goddess: Re-Envisioning the Chicana Experience Through Art and Literature
    • MLT-289  Literature of the Mexican-American Border
    • MLT-203  Asian American Film and Performance (AIS and GSW)
    • SPN-350  Vision and Voices: Chicana Icons from Myth to Matter (GSW)
    • 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 (GSW)
    • SOC-346  African American Women: Unheard Voices and Contemporary Lifestyles (GSW)
  • African American History and Culture**
    • AAH-460  Seminar: Visual Culture, Race and 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 (GSW)

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

  • Latino/as in the U.S. History and Culture
    • AAH-460  Seminar: Visual Culture, Race and Gender (GSW)
    • 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 and 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 (GSW)
    • SPN-350  Vision and Voices: Chicana Icons from Myth to Matter (GSW)
  • Contemporary America: c. 1960-present
    • AAH-366  Contemporary Art and Theory
    • AAH-460  Seminar: Visual Culture, Race and 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 (GSW)
    • HST-126  Since Yesterday: United States History, 1974-2000 (GSW)
    • 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
  • 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)
  • 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 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
  • 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 (GSW)
    • 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