American Studies

major-american studies

American Studies is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on the principles of the American regime, the history of the American republic and the unique culture that emerges from American foundational principles. Courses are primarily drawn from the disciplines of politics and history, while also including courses in literature as well as other subjects when focused on American themes. Students who complete the major will demonstrate knowledge of the extent, aim, end, and structure of America’s constitutional republic, the philosophic principles upon which it was founded, and the extra-political, cultural institutions that are part of its foundation. Upon graduation, students will possess knowledge of the normative principles and purposes of American politics, as well as of the factual operations of its systems of governance.

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In addition to the core curriculum, american history majors take the following courses

POLT 203 American Civilization

POLT 304 Constitutional Law

POLT 301 American Government

POLT 415 American Political Thought

POLT 490 Senior Seminar

LITR 411 American Literature

2 out of 3 of the following History offerings

HIST 212 Colonial America

HIST 213 Revolution to Civil War

HIST 214 Reconstruction to Present

Elective Options

POLT 307 Presidency

POLT 314 US Foreign Policy

POLT 305 Public Policy

See the Academic Catalog for course descriptions