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The Faculty

Program Coordinator: Michael Staub - English

Committee Members:

  • Ruth Adler - Modern Languages and Comparative Literature
  • Tuzyline Allan - English
  • Louis Bolce - Political Science
  • Gerald DeMaio - Political Science
  • Elizabeth Gareis - Communication Studies
  • Thomas Heinrich - History
  • Gail Levin - Fine and Performing Arts

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Field Description

American studies offers students the opportunity to investigate the content and meaning of American culture from multidisciplinary perspectives in the humanities and social sciences. To minor in American studies, students are required to take two courses at the 3000 level or above from the following four areas: Culture and Society, Myths and Identities in the American Context, The Political Sphere, and Urban Studies. Students must also take

Capstone Course in American Studies.

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The Minor

The minor in American studies is a multidisciplinary program that investigates the content and meaning of American culture within the United States.

Required Course

Capstone Course in American Studies

Electives
Choose any two additional related courses from one or more of the four categories of electives: Culture and Society, Myths and Identities in the American Context, The Political Sphere, and Urban Studies. Students must select those courses from at least two different departments.


Culture and Society

Art of the United States

3 credits

Mass Media and the Black American

3 credits

CMP 4900

Hispanic Writers in New York City

3 credits

Media Analysis and Criticism

3 credits

Studies in Electronic Media

3 credits

American Television Programming

3 credits

Survey of American Literature I

3 credits

Survey of American Literature II

3 credits

Main Currents of Literary Expression in Contemporary America

3 credits

The American Novel

3 credits

Science and Technology in American Life

3 credits

Popular Song in America

3 credits

Jazz: From Its Origins to the Present

3 credits

Commercial Music and the Media

3 credits

Religion and Politics in the United States ( HIS 3008), ( REL 3008)

3 credits

Public Opinion

3 credits

Psychology of the Family

3 credits

Psychological Analysis of American Culture

3 credits

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Myths and Identities in the American Context

The Black Family

3 credits

Women of Color

3 credits

Ethnic Literature

3 credits

Survey of African American Literature

3 credits

Tradition and Influence in African American Literature

3 credits

Black Women Writers

3 credits

The Immigrant in American History

3 credits

Women in America

3 credits

Race and Ethnic Relations ( ANT 3125), ( BLS 3125), ( LTS 3125)

3 credits

Sociology of Religion

3 credits

Theatre of Color in the United States ( BLS 3043)

3 credits

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The Political Sphere

Civil Rights Legislation and Litigation

3 credits

The Civil War and Reconstruction: 1850-1880

3 credits

History of American Business Enterprise

3 credits

History of American Medicine

3 credits

Topics in American History

3 credits

The Great Depression, 1929-1940

3 credits

American Political Thought

3 credits

Social Welfare Policy ( HIS 3005)

3 credits

American Conservatism: Origins, Development, and Contemporary Controversies ( HIS 3102)

3 credits

Political Parties and Elections

3 credits

Civil Liberties

3 credits

Government and the American Economy

3 credits

Social Welfare Institutions

3 credits

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Urban Studies

Architecture and the City

3 credits

Black Economic Development: 1860 to the Present

3 credits

American Urban History

3 credits

History of the People of the City of New York

3 credits

Politics and Government of New York City

3 credits

Urban Public Policy

3 credits

Urban Sociology

3 credits

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Courses

Courses in American Studies

Topics in American Studies

3 hours; 3 credits

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