Courses that Count Toward American Studies

Approved List for American Studies


  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.

Fall 2017  AMST 210: American Populisms — Instructor, Eric Fure-Slocum
Populism—defined as “the people” versus “the interests”—has a central role in American politics and culture. The 2016 election featured right and left populisms. With roots in contests over democracy, notably the 19th-century People’s Party, populist movements have produced egalitarian and xenophobic politics, both yesterday and today. Populist culture ranges from Aaron Copland’s music to reality TV. This course explores these many varieties of populism, while placing American populism in a global context. HWC GE credit

Interim 2018
For the interim, the college administration has granted American Studies an “extra” course — we don’t usually have an off-campus course. Professor Fure-Slocum will also be teaching this one, which will take place in Chicago.  THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

AMST 205: Chicago: Social Change in the Urban U.S.

Based in Chicago, this course gives students the opportunity to study and experience the history and contemporary landscape of social change movements in one of the most significant U.S. urban settings. The city has spawned a range of social and political movements, from labor, to community organizing, to civil rights. Contemporary social change initiatives include immigrant rights groups, ethnic and racial cultural and political organizations, workers’ centers, and educational reform organizations. MCD GE credit

In the spring, we will have our usual offering of AMST 100: Perspectives on American Culture, which Mary Titus will teach. And new to our program as a teaching faculty member, Louis Epstein from the Music Department will teach AMST 301: American Music and Race.

Fall 2017

  • AMCON 101: Declaring Independence, 1607-1865
  • AMCON 201: Remaking America, 1865-1945
  • AMST 210: American Populisms
  • ASIAN 223: Digital Asia in America
  • ECON 242: Environmental Economics
  • ECON 374: Money and Banking
  • EDUC 260: Foundations in Education
  • ENGL 203: Asian American Literature
  • ENGL 205: American Racial and Multicultural Literatures
  • ENGL 220: American Literature 1860-1960
  • ENGL 283: Crime Fiction
  • 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 288: America in the Civil War and Reconstruction Era
  • HIST 370: American Seminar: Civil War and Emancipation
  • MEDIA 160: Mass Media
  • MUSIC 345: American Music
  • PSCI 255: Political Parties and Elections
  • PSCI 272: American Constitutional Law: Power
  • PSCI 311: Seminar in American Politics
  • PACON 280: Public Affairs I: Foundational Debates
  • 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

Summer 2017

Summer, Session 1
ENGL 261: Beat Generation
Summer, Session 2
PSCI 244: Race and Politics