B.A. degree program in American studies
HEGIS code 0313
NYS SED program code 01978

The American Dream, the land of opportunity, the self-made man or woman, the conflict between the values of a free society and a history marked by slavery and racial tensions, America - melting pot or mosaic? These are but a few of the themes that are the focus of American studies, an interdisciplinary field that explores the American experience through the study of history, literature, and the arts. Drawing from the theories and methods of literary criticism, historiography, anthropology, folklore, musicology, art history, and ethnic and gender studies, American studies seeks to integrate diverse materials relating to the history and culture of the United States

The American studies program leads to the bachelor of arts degree. Also offered is a 15-credit minor in American studies. A concentration in American studies is available for students majoring in early childhood education or childhood education in the School of Education. The American Studies program also offers the bachelor of arts for social studies teacher (grades 7 - 12) in cooperation with the School of Education.

The unique interdisciplinary approach of the American studies program draws a wide onstituency of students. Students who desire a connected vision of the country's history, art, and culture often become American studies majors. For those Americanists who wish to major in history, English, or one of the ethnic studies fields, the recently revised American studies minor provides a broader cultural context to view their particular field of study.

The average class size is twenty students.

Program/Department Advisers

Office Hours
Joseph Entin Director 718-951-5784 3149 Boylan Hall jentin @ brooklyn.cuny.edu  


Program requirements (39-42 credits)
American Studies 1001.

Five of the following: American Studies 3206, 3306, 3102, 3702, 3704, 3104, 3706, 3902, 3404, 3106, 3108, 3402, 3304, 3406, 4002, 5002.

Two of the following: History 3323, 3420, 3430, 3440, 3441, 3442, 3418, 3455, 3410 3480, 3485, 4200.

Two of the following: English 3157, 3166, 60.1, 3151, 3152, 3153, 3154, 3163.

Either a) or b):

a) American Arts and Letters: three of the following:

Africana Studies 3230, 3221; Art 3157, 16.30; English 2402; Film 2124; Music 2101, 2104; Television and Radio 1165; Theater 3504, 2502; Women's Studies 10.8, 3120.

b) American Society: three of the following:

Africana Studies 3120, 3121, 12.7; Anthropology 3130, 3135; Judaic Studies 3047, 3485; Philosophy 48; Political Science 3121, 3142, 3150, 3404, 3440; Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 1001, 32, 3325; Sociology 8, 1102, 2602, 2601; Women's Studies 1006, 3340.