Overview

The Minor in American Studies gives students an opportunity to gain expertise in American culture from a variety of perspectives--literary, historical, philosophical, religious, economic, and political. This diversity of approaches gives strong preparation to those pursuing graduate study with a focus on the U.S. It also helps prepare students interested in careers in politics, public service, or nonprofit service and advocacy.

Course Offerings

The Minor in American Studies consists of 15 credit hours and involves courses in seven fields of study. Required courses include:

 One course in English chosen from the following courses:
ENG 221: American Literature: Puritan through Romantic (3 hrs.)
ENG 222: American Literature: Realism to the Present (3 hrs.)
ENG 322: Advanced Studies in American Literature (3 hrs.)

One course in History chosen from the following courses:
HIS 111: Colonial and Revolutionary America (3 hrs.)
HIS 112: History of the United States in the 19th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 203: History of the United States in the 20th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS/BUS/ECN 251: Economic History of the United States (3 hrs.)
HIS 303: Studies in United States History (3 hrs.)
PLS 122: American Government and Politics (3 hrs.)

 

Two additional courses (6 credit hours) from the list below:
ENG 221: American Literature: Puritan through Romantic (3 hrs.)
ENG 222: American Literature: Realism to the Present (3 hrs.)
ENG 322: Advanced Studies in American Literature (3 hrs.)
HIS 111: Colonial and Revolutionary America (3 hrs.)
HIS 112: History of the United States in the 19th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 203: History of the United States in the 20th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS/BUS/ECN 251: Economic History of the United States (3 hrs.)
HIS 303: Studies in United States History (3 hrs.)
MUS 312: History of Music in the United States (3 hrs.)
PHL 211: American Philosophy (3 hrs.)
PLS 122: American Government and Politics (3 hrs.)
PLS 321: American Political Process (3 hrs.)
PLS 322: The Judicial Process (3 hrs.)
REL 211: The American Religious Experience (3 hrs.)
 THT 315: American Theatre History (3 hrs.)

Note that students majoring in English, History, and Political Science are required to take the two additional courses outside their major field.