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
POLT 307 Presidency
POLT 314 US Foreign Policy
POLT 305 Public Policy
See the Academic Catalog for course descriptions
John Colman, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Politics and Associate Professor of Politics
American Studies at AMU
Dr. John Colman discusses the American Studies major at AMU.