Courses that Count Toward American Studies

Approved List for Fall 2014


  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.
  • American Conversations 101: Declaring Independence: 1607 – 1865
  • American Conversations 201: Remaking America: 1865 – 1945
  • American Studies 100: American Culture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • Economics 220: Topics in Economic Analysis
  • Economics 242: Environmental Economics
  • Economics 245: Economics of Health Care
  • Economics 374: Money and Banking
  • Economics 376: Labor Economics and Employment Relations
  • Education 260: Foundations of U. S. Education
  • English 392: Major American Authors: Hemingway and Faulkner
  • Environmental Studies 232: Environmental Policy and Regulations
  • Family Studies 253: Human Sexuality
  • History 181: Slavery in African History
  • History 182: America Since World War II
  • History 198: American History to 1865
  • History 270: Seminar: American History Segregation
  • History 277:  African-American History
  • History 370: American History Seminar: Work in the U.S. since 1920
  • Media Studies 160: Mass Media
  • Media Studies 260: Media and Contemporary Culture
  • Political Science 111: American Politics
  • Political Science 255:  Seminar in American Politics
  • Social Work 221: Social Work and Social Welfare
  • Soc/Anth 121: Introduction to Sociology


  • English 260: Hardboiled Fiction and Film
  • English 340: Sex, Madness and Marriage
  • Environmental Studies 281: History of Energy in the U.S. and the World
  • History 396: Res: Creating So. History
  • Philosophy 255: Race and Social Justice
  • Political Science 244: Race and Politics
  • Race and Ethnic Studies 121: Intro to Race & Ethnic Studies
  • Social Work 120: I Want to Help People

Second Semester 2014-15

  • African and the Americas 231:
  • American Studies 207: Cities in Modern America (description below)
  • American Studies 301: 1968: New American Revolutions (description below)
  • Dance 246: Dance in the United States
  • English 200: Arab American Literature
  • English 205: American Racial and Multicultural Literature
  • English 272: Writing America 1588 – 1800
  • English 280 A: The Great American Novel
  • English 280 B: The Memoir Boom
  • HIstory 181: Civil Rights Revolution
  • History 182: America Since WWII
  • History 188: Being Green, Am Envir
  • History 199: America After 1865
  • History 270: The Cold War
  • History 275: Environmental History
  • History 288: America in the Civil War and Reconstruction Era
  • History 299: Consumer Culture
  • History 370 A/B: Civil Rights
  • Media 160: Mass Media
  • Music 345: Advance Study in Music History
  • Political Science 272:
  • Political Science 311: American Politics
  • Race and Ethnic Studies 121: Intro to Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Soc/Anth 121A/B: Introduction to Sociology
  • Soc/Anth 246: LGBTQA Lives and Issues
  • Soc/Anth 260: Marriage and the Family
  • Soc/Anth 264: Race and Class in American Culture
  • Social Work 258: Social Policy
  • Womens and Gender Studies 121: Intro to Womens and Gender StudiesAmerican Studies 207: Cities in Modern America; T 11:45-1:10; Th 12:45-2:05; Instructor: Eric Fure-Slocum; Spring 2015

    This course explores the history and culture of cities in the United States, ranging from the industrial cities in the later-19th century to efforts to design sustainable cities in the 21st century.  We will pay attention to the spatial, social, and physical history of cities, as well as the changing images of cities in American culture. While focused on cities themselves, we also will look at the changing relationship between cities and suburbs and the development of metropolitan America. The course will be a mixture of discussions, lectures, and presentations. We will make use of literature, film, and a range of primary sources to study cities.


    American Studies 301 – “1968: New American Revolutions”; MWF 2-2:55; Instructor: Mark Allister; Spring 2015

    “Ya say you want a revolution? Well…” Students in this class will not be examining Chevrolet’s ad campaign for its new line of cars, but will be immersing themselves in one transformative year: 1968. We will look at the Tet offensive and its impact on the Vietnam War, which affected the presidential campaigns; we’ll examine the protesting of the Miss America pageant, where feminists crowned a sheep; we’ll try to understand why two greatly influential American leaders who could bring people together – Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy – were assassinated; we’ll read about the Columbia University protests, where black student leaders threw the white protesters out of “their” occupied building. We’ll learn more about Black Power, the summer Olympics, George Wallace’s segregationist “law and order” campaign and how that helped Richard Nixon win election. We’ll listen to songs, watch films, read essays. 1968 is a year in a time period that is mythologized history, and we’ll think hard about how and why the era is mythologized, as we do our own exploration about that year. All students will do a final project in the last few weeks of the term, taking up some issue after 1968 to see the continuities and differences.