American Studies

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The American Studies concentration will give students a broad understanding of the history, culture, and people of America.

American Studies encourages students to explore the relationships among ideas, institutions, values, and aesthetic forms as they have evolved in the United States. Students must take courses in each of the following areas: history, government, the arts, literature, behavioral sciences, and a capstone course.

This concentration requires a minimum of 36 credits.

Concentration Requirements

American Art; examples:

  • American Art History
  • Survey of Jazz Styles

American History; examples:

  • History and Sociology of the American Indian
  • History of the American Constitution
  • American Constitution 1954-Present
  • The Civil War
  • American Foreign Policy

American Literature; examples:

  • Mark Twain and His Times
  • American Novel
  • American Short Story

Behavioral Sciences (American); examples:

  • Ethics in America
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Sociology of the City
  • Sociology of Diversity
  • Social Problems and Their Impact on the Workplace
Upper level credits in one of the areas above6
POL 150: American Government3
AMS 499: Capstone3

Note: Only grades of C of higher may be included in the concentration.


  • American History I
  • American History II

Student Learning Outcomes

Students with a concentration in American Studies will be able to:

  • discuss the significant events, peoples, ideas, and products relevant to the field and study of American studies;
  • explain how the arts and literature help to shape the American society;
  • explain the role of politics in shaping the American society; and
  • discuss how being knowledgeable about American history and culture makes one a better citizen.