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American Studies

The minor in American studies is based on the desirability of fostering an understanding of the whole of American civilization through study in a variety of fields and topics. Students will select courses in three groups – multicultural studies, ideas and the arts, and history and politics – and from diverse 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 AMST 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. See the program coordinator for additional courses that may be substituted. 

Core Requirements

Credit Hours

GAMST 200. Introduction to American Studies

3

Elective: One course from any of the groups below

3

Multicultural Studies

 

Choose two from the courses below:

6

ANTH 265. People and Cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean

 

ANTH 312. The Native Americans

 

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 and African-American Religion

 

SOCI 336. Race and Ethnicity

 

Ideas and the Arts

 

Choose two from the courses below:

6

ARTH 380. 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

 

PHIL 370. American Philosophy

 

POSC 330. American Political Thought

 

SMAD 372. Media History

 

THEA 485. American Theatre

 

History and Politics

 

Choose two from the courses below:

6

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

Program director may approve course substitutions, including AMST 490.