Curriculum

Among the courses that count for American Studies are: Race and Ethnic Studies 121; Art 250; Communication and Theater 160, 260, 382, 389 (American topics); Dance 246, 251; Economics 242, 244, 245, 371, 374, 376; English 245, 392; Family Studies 232, 242; History Level I courses (American topics) and History 205, 206, 240, 242, 243, 244, 246, 330, 338, 345; Music 345 (American topics); Physical Education 384; Political Science 111, 232, 235, 246, 255, 372, 373, 381; Social Work 221, 258; Sociology/Anthropology 121, 126, 240, 244, 246, 248, 260, 265, 266.

Interim courses that count as designated disciplinary courses in American Studies are offered annually; see the Interim announcement or the coordinator for the approved list.

How does American Studies relate to International and off-campus studies?

Obviously, most International Studies courses won’t count for American Studies. But they do help us make sense of American culture, because they give us “perspective by incongruity” on our own culture.

It’s possible for a St. Olaf student to get an excellent education on campus. To get a great education, however, you usually need to leave. If you choose not to travel overseas, St. Olaf also offers off-campus domestic programs that count for American Studies. The Chicago Urban Studies program, and the Metro Urban Studies Program, are favorites of St. Olaf’s students in American Studies.

Courses

A complete list of American Studies courses can be found by clicking on the link on the left.