In the spring of 2020, the American Studies Program revised its requirements for the major and established a new minor. Students in the class of 2024 and beyond will follow the new requirements. Students in the class of 2023 are encouraged to follow the new requirements; others should determine the best path for them in consultation with their program advisors.
In the revised major, electives are used to cover the following areas relevant to American studies: pre-twentieth century; US in a global or transnational context; praxis (broadly defined as political or civic engagement, digital humanities, public humanities, creative writing, multimedia storytelling, or other relevant experience-based learning). Where appropriate, each elective can fulfill more than one of these required areas. Additionally, for both the major and minor, electives must include two courses focused on social justice, which investigate the ways that social inequities have been produced, maintained, and/or challenged. These courses often examine how power works—historically, spatially, and differentially—across axes of race, Indigeneity, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, religion, and economic class. Students should consult the list of approved elective courses and their program advisors to determine which elective area a course might fulfill.
The following tables summarize the changes to the major and requirements for the new minor in American Studies. Students should also consult the checklists for the major and minor.
AMERICAN STUDIES MAJOR
|Requirements||OLD AM major||NEW AM major|
|American Studies Core||AM171; AM393; 1 other AM course||AM171; AM293 (Methods in American Studies); AM393|
|Area 1: American History||1 HI course in American history pre-1865; 1 HI course in American history post-1865|
|Area 2: American Literature/Visual Culture||1 EN course in American literature pre-1865; 1 EN course in American literature post-1865; 1 other course on American literature in translation, or American visual culture|
|Electives*||3 courses at the 200 level or above chosen from an approved list or in consultation with the program advisor||2 AM courses and 5 additional courses from the approved list, fulfilling the areas described above; at least 3 at 300 level or above; no more than 2 outside the program at 100 level|
|Concentration**||Electives normally contribute to the student’s selected concentration|
AMERICAN STUDIES MINOR
|American Studies Core||AM171; either AM293 (Methods in American Studies) or AM393|
|Electives*||5 courses from the approved list; 2 must fulfill the social justice area described above; at least 1 at 300 level or above; no more than 2 outside the program at 100 level|