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.
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.”
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)
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.