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 (Core Curriculum Requirement)
POLT 304 Constitutional Law
POLT 301 American Government
POLT 415 American Political Thought
POLT 490 Senior Seminar
LITR 411 American Literature or any other Literature course dealing with American literature

Any 2 American history courses (in addition to POLT 203 American Civilization)

2 Electives in American Politics, History, Literature, or other courses with an

American focus of study, which may include: POLT 307 Presidency
POLT 314 US Foreign Policy
POLT 305 Public Policy

HIST 415 American Legal History
*With program director’s approval, elective courses can be taken in any department.

Course descriptions for American Studies may be found under their respective majors.

See the Academic Catalog for course descriptions

John Colman, Ph.D.

Chair of the Department of Politics and Associate Professor of Politics
Education: B.A., M.A., Carleton University; Ph.D., Boston College.
Office: Canizaro Library 161B
Phone: (239) 280-1609
Fax: (239) 280-1637