Courses that Count Toward American Studies

Approved List for American Studies

*Notes:

  1. Some courses may have prerequisites.
  2. You may discover other courses you think might contribute to an American Studies major. If so, talk to the instructor about course content and then check with the Director of American Studies to see if the course could be approved for your major.
  3. If a course is listed as requiring permission of the instructor, you need to let that professor know you are taking the course for American Studies credit. In response the professor may require you to focus portions of your class work, such as papers or presentations, on the United States.

AmStu 206: Sitcom America
This course uses sitcoms as primary sources to explore significant themes in American history and culture for the last sixty years, including race, gender, work, sexual identity, and family structures.   We’ll consider how media scholars, historians, and sociologists have interpreted these texts, in effect gaining a history of the sitcom as well as insight the ways media helps to define our understanding of normality.

Summer 2016

Summer, Session 1: English 261: Beat Generation
Summer, Session 2: SOAN 121: Introduction to Sociology
PSCI 111: American Politics
PSCI 244: Race and Politics

 

Fall 2016

  • AMCON 101: Declaring Independence, 1607-1865
  • AMCON 201: Remaking America, 1865-1945
  • AMST 206: American Studies: Sitcom America
  • AS 123: Asia in America
  • ECON 242: Environmental Economics
  • ECON 376: Labor Economics and Employment Relations
  • EDUC 260: Foundations in Education
  • ENGL 203: Asian American Literature
  • ENGL 205: American Racial and Multicultural Literatures
  • ENGL 253: Steinbeck, Dos Passos, & Agee
  • ES/PS 276: Environmental Politics
  • ENVST 202: The Culture of Nature
  • FAMST 232: Introduction to Family Studies
  • FAMST 242: Family Relationships
  • FAMST 253: Human Sexuality
  • HIST 181: Civil Rights Revolution
  • HIST 198: American History to 1865
  • HIST 270: Franklin’s America
  • HIST 272: Women in America
  • HIST 275: Environmental History
  • HIST 282: West/Lewis and Clark
  • HIST 288: America in the Civil War and Reconstruction Era
  • HIST 370: Civil Rights
  • MEDIA 160: Mass Media
  • PACON 280: Foundational Debates
  • PSCI 111: American Politics
  • PSCI 255: Political Parties and Elections
  • SWRK 221: Social Work and Social Welfare
  • SOAN 121: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOAN 264: Race and Class in American Culture
  • SOAN 265: Religion, Culture, and Society
  • WMGST 121: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

 Interim 2017

  • ART 253: Art Since 1945
  • EDUC 170: Urban Schools and Communities
  • ENGL 340: Advanced Studies in Literary Eras: American Sex, Madness & Marriage
  • HIST 169: From Fjord to Frontier: Norwegian-American History in Literature
  • PSCI 244: Race and American Politics
  • PSYCH 227: Environmental Psychology at Rocky Mountain National Park
  • RACE 122: Introduction to Race and Ethnic Studies

Spring 2017

  • AFAM 231: Africa and the Americas: The Diaspora Experience
  • AMCON 102: Democratic Vistas, 1800-1900
  • AMCON 202: Pursuits of Happiness, 1920-Present
  • AMST 100: American Culture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • AMST 301: American Gothic
  • DANCE 246: Dance in the United States
  • ECON 374: Money and Banking
  • ENGL 276: Literature and the Environment
  • ENGL 251: Major Chicano/aAuthors
  • ENVST 270: Nature and American Landscapes
  • FAMST 232: Introduction to Family Studies
  • FAMST 242: Family Relationships
  • FAMST 253: Human Sexuality
  • HIST 182: America Since 1945
  • HIST 199: American History Since 1865
  • HIST 275: Environmental History
  • HIST 277: African-American History
  • HIST 270: Civil War/Reconstruction
  • HIST 277: African-American History
  • HIST 290: Reel America: U.S. History in Film
  • HIST 370: American Revolution
  • MEDIA 160: Mass Media
  • PSCI 111: American Politics
  • PSCI 311: American Politics
  • RACE 121: Introduction to Race and Ethnic Studies
  • SWRK 221: Social Work and Social Welfare
  • SWRK 258: Social Policy
  • SOAN 121: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOAN 260: Marriage and the Family
  • SOAN 264: Race and Class in American Culture
  • WMGST 121: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies