This minor promotes an interdisciplinary understanding of the complex economic, political, and cultural structures at the root of the societies of the Western Hemisphere. Our studies range from the first immigrations across the land bridge from Siberia, to the colonization of the Americas by Europeans, to the present day. Students may also examine such issues as ethnicity, gender relations, and environmental awareness, and discuss how literary and visual artists have articulated contemporary cultural concerns. Students must complete fifteen credits, including:
- Any one of the following: AMST/ENGL/HIST 1201; AMST/ENGL 3265W; ENGL 2201, ENGL 2203, or ARTH 3440
- One approved 2000-level or above history course approved by the American Studies Director.
- They must then choose a track, a series of related, 2000-level and above courses within a broad area of study. Students must complete three courses within this track in order to attain the minor.
A student may not use American Studies courses to fulfill simultaneously the requirements of his or her major field and the requirements of the minor.
To ensure focus, students must provide a brief rationale for their track and course choices.