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Minor Requirements

The minor in American Studies is based on the desirability of fostering an understanding of the whole of American culture through study in a variety of fields and topics. Students will select courses in three groups—Multicultural, Ideas and the Arts, and History and Politics—and from fields including literature, history, the fine arts, philosophy, and the social sciences. The American Studies program is a flexible one that students can relate to their own individual interests and needs while exploring the interrelationships among diverse aspects of American culture and its changing ideas and values.

The minor program in American Studies is open to all undergraduate students at JMU. The requirement is the successful completion of 24 hours. Three of the 24 hours must consist of GAMST 200, Introduction to American Studies (previously GAMST 250). No more than nine of the 24 hours may come from 100- or 200-level courses. Students must take two courses from each of the groups listed and one elective course chosen from any of the groups.

Students are encouraged to petition the American Studies Coordinator to approve courses other than those listed here to fulfill these area requirements as well. Enrolled students are encouraged to be in contact with Dr. Henigman about other courses that might fulfill American Studies requirements.

American Studies Courses

Core Requirements Credit hours
  GAMST 200 Introduction to American Studies 3 credits
  Elective: One course from any of the groups below 3 credits
Multicultural Studies
Choose two from the courses below:
6 credits
  SOC 336 Race and Ethnicity  
  ANTH 312 The Native Americans  
  ANTH 265 People and Cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean
  GENG 260 Survey of African American Literature  
  HIST 320 Women in United States History  
  HIST 355 or HIST 356 Afro-American History  
  REL 330 African-African-American Religion  
Ideas and the Arts
Choose two from the courses below:
6 credits
  ARTH 480 American Art to 1870    or  
  ARTH 482 American Art from 1870  
  ARTH 484 Art of the Americas  
  GENG 247 Survey of American Literature: From The Beginning to the Civil War   or
  GENG 248 Survey of American Literature: From The Civil War to the Modern Period  
  GMUS 203 Music in America  
  SMAD 372 Media History  
  THEA 485 American Theatre
  PHIL 370 American Philosophy  
  POSC 330 American Political Thought  
History and Politics
Choose two from the courses below:
6 credits
  GHIST 225 United States History  
  GPOSC 225 U.S. Government  
  HIST 310 American Business History  
  POSC 369 Political Parties and Elections    or  
  POSC 385 The U.S. Congress
  SCOM 346 Free Speech in America
24 credits

AMST 490 May be substituted with prior approval of the program coordinator.
See program coordinator about course substitutions and other information.