American Studies Major


American Studies
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The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3848

Requirements for the Major in American Studies

1. Required Core Classes (9 credits)
AMST 202 Introduction to American Studies
AMST 296 American Identities
HIST 105 or HIST 106 United States History I & II

2. Six credit hours in exploratory and preparatory courses selected from:
AMST 210 American Popular and Mass Cultures
AMST 215 Holidays and American Culture
AMST 289 Comparative North America
AMST 338 Nineteenth-Century American Culture
AMST 340 Twentieth-Century American Culture
AMST 347 United States Immigration
AMST 399 Special Topics
COMM 102 Mass Media and Society
HIST 353 U.S. Consumer Culture
POLI 120 American Politics
POLI 150 U.S. and World Affairs
or other courses as advised.

3.Twenty-one credit hours of special topics courses in one of the five concentrations listed below. Courses should come from at least two disciplines, and no more than 12 credit hours can be taken from any one department. Additionally, no more than 9 credit hours may be taken at the 100- or 200-level. Students should plan their concentrations carefully because they may need to complete additional prerequisites before enrolling in upper-level courses in various disciplines.

4. Three credit hours in capstone project or seminar. Students may choose AMST 400, AMST 401, or AMST 402 to fulfill this option.

Total Credits in Major: 39


Concentrations for the American Studies Major

A. American Identities in the United States
AMST 347 United States Immigration
COMM 373 Gender and Communication
CRMJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRMJ 321 Race and the Criminal Justice System
EDU 215 Education in America
ENGL 240 African American Literature and Culture
ENGL 242 American Indian Literature
ENGL 340 Black Women Writers
ENGL 342 African-American Autobiography
ENGL 344 Contemporary Multiethnic American Literature
HIST 220 Introduction to Ethnicity and Race
HIST 333 African American History to 1877
HIST 334 African American History since 1877
HIST 335 American Women
HIST 344 African American Social Thought
HIST 345 Asian American History
HIST 351 Defining America
HIST 355 American Religious History
INDS 241 Introduction to Latino/a Literature and Culture
INDS 315 Italian American Experience
MUS 265 History of Jazz
MUS 267 African American Music
PHIL 228 American Philosophy
POLI 365 American Political Thought
PSY 255 Psychology of Women
SOC 306 Sex and Gender
SOC 316 Minority Groups
Or other courses as advised.

B. Cultures of the Americas
AMST 289 Comparative North America
ANTH 321 Anthropology of Indian America
ANTH 324 Anthropology of the Caribbean
ANTH 345 Native Peoples of Canada
ECON 395 Comparative Human Resources
FREN 310 Quebec Literature and Culture
HIST 282 Pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin America
HIST 283 Revolution and Reform in Latin America
HIST 342 The American Century
HIST 352 Environmental History of North America
HIST 356 American Indian History
HIST 357 Indians and Europeans in Early America
HIST 378 Canada and the Canadians
HIST 380 Mexico I (Pre-Columbian and Colonial Mexico)
HIST 381 Mexico II (Mexico since Independence)
HIST 288 The Atlantic World
INDS 241 Introduction to Latino/a Literature and Culture
INDS 304 Latina Literary and Cultural Studies
LANG 327 Sex and Magic in Latin American Literature
LANG 371 Canadian Writers
LANG 378 Canada Today
MUS 334 Music of Latin America
POLI 356 U.S. Foreign Policy
SPAN 325 Survey of Spanish-American Literature
SPAN 425 Spanish-American Fiction
WOST 203 Chicana Writers/Visual Artists
Or other courses as advised.

C. Democracy and Civic Engagement

HIST 343 Civil Rights Movement
POLI 120 American Politics
POLI 276 Law and Society
POLI 323 Elections in America
POLI 313 American Power Structures
POLI 324 President and Congress
POLI 371 Civil Rights and Liberties
PHIL 265 Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 364 Justice, Law, and Economics
PSY 358 Psychology and the Law
SOC 210 Social Problems
SOC 215 Introduction to Public Health
SOC 218 Introduction to Social Work
SOC 303 Social Class and Inequality
Or other courses as advised.
(Students selecting this concentration will be required to include a service-learning component in their capstone project.)

D. Environment and Place in America

BIOL 115 Environmental Biology
BIOL 131 Principles of Biology I
BIOL 330/331 General Ecology
BIOL 421 Biological Conservation
BIOL 426 Environmental Topics
CHEM 113 Chemistry and the Environment
CHEM 302 Chemistry in Today’s Society
ENGL 333 Environmental Literature
ENGL 399 Literature of Place (special topic)
ECON 340 Urban and Regional Economics
ECON 380 Environmental/ Natural Resource Economics
GEO 121 Landform Geography
GEO 145 Geology of New York State
GEO 359 Vanishing Earth Resources
HIST 330 Industrial America, 1890-1920
HIST 340 The Westward Movement
HIST 352 Environmental History of North America
POLI 240 Urbanization and Environmental Challenges
POLI 381 Urban Politics and Policy
POLI 387 Environmental Policy
PSY 373 Human Factors
Or other courses as advised.

E. Popular and Visual Cultures
ARTH 102 Art in Culture from 1400-present
ARTH 175 Computers and Society
ARTH 225 Modern Art 1900-1950
ARTH 229 Art Reality—19th Century America
ARTH 329 Art Since 1945
ARTH 345 Media Criticism
COMM 102 Mass Media and Society
COMM 350 Telecommunication Technology
COMM 375 Media Criticism
ENGL 381 Narrative Film after 1940
ENGL 399 American Directors
ENGL 386 Women and Film
HIST 353 U.S. Consumer Culture
HIST 376 Film and American Culture
MUS 262 American Music
MUS 265 History of Jazz
MUS 267 African American Music
MUS 270 History of American Popular Music, 1900-1963
POLI 326 Media and Politics
POLI 345 Politics and Film
WOST 203 Chicana Writers/Visual Artists
Or other courses as advised.


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