American Studies Concentration/Interdisciplinary Studies Major

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The Program

The American Studies Concentration is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to take courses in different academic departments that focus on the concept of American culture. The American Studies approach emphasizes the interrelatedness of history, literature, the arts and popular culture. In their course work students will examine American institutions, ideas and material forms in order to better understand the nation’s past and to shape their own futures. The major is designed for those students who may wish to have careers in fields such as law, government service, non-profit organizations, journalism, museum work and teaching, where a broad knowledge of American history and culture is desirable.

A minor is available for those students with another major who want to learn more about American culture. Students have the opportunity to receive units for internships.

Requirements for the Concentration

Students majoring in the American Studies Concentration must complete 45 units with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher in each course.

Required Courses (6 Units)
AMST 201INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN STUDIES3
Capstone Experience
AMST 491DIRECTED READINGS IN AMST3
or AMST 497 INTERNSHIP IN AMERICAN STUDIES
Lower-Division Electives (9 Units)
Select one course from each area: 9
Historical Perspectives
MAIN THEMES IN AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES
HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE CIVIL WAR
HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
HONORS HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE CIVIL WAR
HONORS HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
BLACKS IN AMERICA:MYTHS AND REALITY
American Literature
MAIN CURRENTS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE
SURVEY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE
MAJOR WRITERS IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE
ETHNIC-AMERICAN LITERATURE
AMERICAN INDIAN LITERATURE, 1772-PRESENT
SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE
Arts and Culture
ANTHROPOLOGY OF AMERICAN CULTURE
HONORS ANTHROPOLOGY OF AMERICAN CULTURE
MYTHS AND STORIES IN AMERICAN ART
INTRODUCTION TO DANCE: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
HISTORY OF SPORT IN AMERICA
INTRO TO MUSIC IN THE US
JAZZ HISTORY FOR NON-MAJORS
HONORS HISTORY OF JAZZ FOR NON-MAJORS
AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN THEATRE
AMERICAN WOMEN AND POPULAR CULTURE
Upper-Division Electives (30 Units)
Students must take at least 6 units from each of the following three areas. No more than 9 units may be taken in any one discipline. 130
American Institutions and Communities
Courses in this area examine the social, political and economic structures that have shaped American life, their histories and the ways individuals and groups have created and challenged these institutions.
ARCHAEOLOGY OF MARYLAND
NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS
NORTH AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY
NATIVE AMERICAN ARCHAEOASTRONOMY
ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL
AMERICAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
MONEY AND BANKING
TOPICS IN BLACK AMERICAN LITERATURE
GEOGRAPHY OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA
GEOGRAPHY OF MARYLAND
WOMEN IN 20TH CENTURY U.S. HISTORY
THE AMERICAN COLONIES 1492-1763
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD
THE EARLY NATIONAL PERIOD
JACKSONIAN ERA
THE CIVIL WAR
THE U.S. 1865-1901: AGE OF ENTERPRISE
THE U.S. 1892-1920: AGE OF REFORM
THE FDR ERA
RECENT AMERICAN HISTORY: 1945-1975
GAYS & LESBIANS IN U.S. HISTORY
MAKERS, BUYERS, USERS: THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY 1500-PRESENT
THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION:1787-1941
THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND THE CONSTITUTION: 1941 TO THE PRESENT
THE AMERICAN WEST
THE CITY IN AMERICAN HISTORY
NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY TO 1900
NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY SINCE 1900
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY TO THE MID- 19TH CENTURY
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY FROM THE MID-19TH CENTURY
WORKERS AND WORK IN THE UNITED STATES
HISTORY OF MARYLAND FROM COLONIAL TIMES TO THE PRESENT
THE AMERICAN WOMEN IN SPORT
URBAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICS
THE PRESIDENCY
CONGRESS
JUDICIAL SYSTEM
AMERICAN POLITICAL PARTIES
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND POLITICS
CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES: THE FIRST AND FOURTEENTH AMENDMENTS
CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS: PERSONAL LIBERTY AND THE RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED.
POLITICS AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
THE SUPREME COURT
INTEREST GROUPS AND PUBLIC POLICY
Global Connections
Courses in this area investigate Americans' experiences with the world and the ways the global cultures have shaped American culture. Topics include migrations, immigration, globalization and transnational cultures.
TOPICS IN MULTI-ETHNIC AMERICAN LITERATURE
THE UNITED STATES AND VIETNAM:1945-1975
AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY: 1898-1945
AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY SINCE 1945
DIPLOMATIC HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1900
IMMIGRANTS & IMMIGRATION IN THE UNITED STATES
LATIN AMERICAN POLICY OFTHE UNITED STATES
UNITED STATES-RUSSIAN RELATIONS
U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
CONTEMPORARY UNITED STATES AND EUROPEAN RELATIONS
Ideas and the Arts
Courses in this area explore textual, oral and visual representations of American culture and employ multi-disciplinary strategies to understand them.
INTRODUCTION TO MUSEUM STUDIES
MUSEUM AND COMMUNITY
AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART
ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF THE UNITED STATES I: COLONIAL TO 1900
ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF THE U.S. II: 1900 TO PRESENT
HISTORY OF PRINTS IN AMERICA
RADIO, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY
AMERICAN DRAMA
LITERATURE OF THE AMERICAN ROMANTIC PERIOD
LITERATURE OF THE AMERICAN REALSTIC PERIOD
AMERICAN SHORT STORY
DEVELOPMENT OF THE AMERICAN NOVEL: 19TH CENTURY
AMER NOVEL-20C
AMERICAN POETRY THROUGH FROST
MODERN AMERICAN POETRY
CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POETRY
TOPICS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE
ROOTS OF ROCK AND ROLL
SPORT IN FILM
MUSIC IN THE U.S.
JAZZ HISTORY
AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY
AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
Total Units45
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Other courses relating to American culture may be substituted with the approval of the program coordinator.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Please contact your major department for more information. 

1) Students possess the ability to integrate knowledge and modes of thinking across two or more disciplines.
2) Students communicate effectively in the presentation of interdisciplinary materials through various modes of transmission.
3) Students conduct, analyze and apply research from two or more disciplines or through interdisciplinary research.


 

Courses

AMST 201 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN STUDIES (3)

Interdisciplinary course interpreting American culture through historical documents, literature, film, music, art, and popular expressions. Topic varies. GenEd II.B.1 or Core: The United States as a Nation.

AMST 491 DIRECTED READINGS IN AMST (3)

Independent research in American Studies on a topic selected by the student in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite: consent of American Studies coordinator.

AMST 497 INTERNSHIP IN AMERICAN STUDIES (3-9)

Experience designed to integrate American Studies and knowledge with hands-on work experience in local museums, libraries, and similar agencies. A daily log, final report, and 90 hours of participation are required. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 units provided one internship is a 6-unit single-site internship. Prerequisite: consent of American Studies coordinator. Graded S/U.