Minor in American Studies

American studies is an interdisciplinary approach to studying American life and culture. Drawing on the expertise and methodologies of a variety of subjects, American studies offers students the opportunity to examine their world critically and understand their place in it. American studies is an ideal minor for students planning for graduate work or professional careers in business, engineering, and law because it grounds these practical fields in a strong humanistic tradition. 

Required Courses
PSCI 110American Government I *4.0
Select one of the following:3.0
United States History to 1815
United States History, 1815-1900
United States History since 1900
Two US History courses
Some examples of US History courses include the following:6.0
United States Civil Rights Movement
American Slavery
Freedom in America
Race and Film in United States History
History of American Business
History of Work & Workers in America
Women and Work in America
Women in American History
The United States Civil War
Two US Government or US Politics courses
Some examples of US Government or US Politics courses include the following:6.0
American Government II
Constitutional Law I
State & Local Government
Public Opinion & Propaganda
Constitutional Law II
Constitutional Law III
Politics, Law, & Justice
Supreme Court and American Politics
Select two of the following:6.0
American Literature I
American Literature II
History of Jazz
American Popular Music
Race and Ethnic Relations
Environmental Movements in America
Total Credits25.0


Or, if a History or Political Science major, PSCI 110 may be substituted with a third course from the PSCI courses listed.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

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