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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.

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These requirements will become effective as of Fall 2014 semester.
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Program requirements (39-42 credits)
American Studies 1001.

Five of the following: American Studies 3302, 3206, 3212, 3306, 3307,3102, 3702, 3704, 3104, 3706, 3902, 3404, 3106, 3108, 3402, 3304, 3406, 3708, 4002, 5003.

Two of the following: History 3323, 3420, 3430, 3440, 3441, 3442, 3418, 3455, 3410, 3475, 3478, 3479, 3480, 3485, 4200.

Two of the following: English 3166, 3151, 3152, 3153, 3154, 3163, 4105, 4107.

Either a) or b):

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

Africana Studies 3215, 3220, 3221, 3230; Art 3164; English 2402, 3164; Film 2124; Music 2101, 2104, 4940, 4941; Television and Radio 1165; Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 4640; Theater 3504, 2502; Women's and Gender Studies 3120; or other courses consistent with this track approved by the program director.

b) American Society: three of the following:

Africana Studies 3120, 3121, 3125; Anthropology 3130, 3135; Judaic Studies 3047, 3485; Political Science 3121, 3142, 3150, 3153, 3154, 3155, 3404, 3440; Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 1001, 3215, 3220, 3320W, 3325, 4645; Sociology 1102, 2601, 2602, 3206, 3607; Women's and Gender Studies 3340, 3238 or other courses consistent with this track approved by the program director.

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