AMERICAN STUDIES

American Studies

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The American Studies program at AMU is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on the foundational principles that gave birth to the American republic. By studying a myriad of primary sources from the time of the Founding Fathers to contemporary history and literature, you’ll uncover what motivates American culture, politics and society.

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FROM BEGINNING TO END

In our American Studies course, you’ll draw from the disciplines of politics, history and literature to discover the extent, aim, end and structure of America’s constitutional republic. From primary documents, constitutional law and political philosophy, you’ll also dive into America’s political principles and the extra-political, cultural institutions that are part of its founding.

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AN AMERICAN STUDIES DEGREE

  1. A fundamental understanding of the principles that formed, directed and currently influence our national structure and policy.
  2. Critical thinking in the context of American History, allowing you to not only understand and talk about our national history but also to learn from it.
  3. A deep knowledge of American cultural history, including the literature and thought that developed the national consciousness, and formed what it means to be “American.”
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AMERICAN STUDIES PROGRAM

Required Courses for the Major:

  • LITR 230 Survey of American Literature or any other Literature course dealing with American literature
  • POLT 203 American Civilization (Core Curriculum Requirement)
  • POLT 301 American Government
  • POLT 304 Constitutional Law
  • POLT 320 American Political Thought
  • POLT 490 Senior Seminar
  • Any two American history courses (in addition to POLT 203 American Civilization)

Two Electives in American Studies which may include:

  • POLT 305 Public Policy
  • POLT 311 Entrepreneurship and Civil Society
  • POLT 314 U.S. Foreign Policy

*With program director’s approval, elective courses can be taken in any department where those courses have substantial context related to American Studies.

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John Colman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Politics

Education: B.A., Political Science, Carleton University; M.A., Political Science, Carleton University; Ph.D., Political Science, Boston College
Office: Thomas Student Union 2007B
Email: john.colman@avemaria.edu
Phone: (239) 280-1609

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CORE CURRICULUM

With AMU’s core curriculum, you’ll not only achieve breadth of knowledge, but also depth of knowledge. You’ll encounter the truth about God and His creation more completely through the dynamic interplay of all of the liberal arts, including theology and natural science.

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