American Studies

What does America mean? And how can we explore that question?

The field of American Studies was developed in the mid-20th Century as an interdisciplinary way to analyze this complex nation. The various diverse courses included in this minor all consider American topics, but from a rich variety of perspectives, including ethnicity, race, gender, class status, politics, economics, and cultural expression. Some have argued that our culture and society are too fragmented to consider America a coherent concept.

Minoring in American Studies will allow you to participate in the debate and refine your own understanding of what this country signifies: past, present, and future.

Minor coordinator: Daniel Levinson-Wilk  

Requirements

Complete five of the following courses in any sequence.

Course Credits
EN 202 Women Write New York City                                    
EN 204 CONTEMPORARY US IMMIGRANT LITERATURE: BORDER CROSSINGS AND MIGRATIONS  
EN 232 PERSPECTIVES ON AMERICAN LITERATURE  
EN 235 AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE  
EN 271 LITERATURE AND HISTORY: THE DEVELOPMENT OF AMERICAN CULTURE TO 1865  
EN 272 IDENTITY IN AMERICA: HISTORY AND LITERATURE 1865 TO PRESENT  
EN 274 VOICES OF CIVIL RIGHTS IN AMERICAN HISTORY  
EN 275 LITERATURE OF THE SIXTIES  
EN 335 WORKING WOMEN IN THE U.S.: 1865 TO PRESENT  
EN 338 INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND LITERATURE  
EN 372 RHETORIC AND POPULAR CULTURE  
EN 394 AMERICAN LIVES (HONORS)  
FI 203 AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM CULTURE  
FI 272 INTRO TO TELEVISION STUDIES  
FI 273 THE OTHER HOLLYWOOD: FILM IN NEW YORK  
ha 116 indigenous art of north america  
HA 211 ASIAN AMERICAN ART AND DESIGN  
HA 219 AFRICAN AMERICAN ART  
ha 245 art of the united states  
HA 385 Racism and Antiracism in Public Art and Architecture of the United States (Honors)  
HA 394 HISTORY OF NEW YORK ARCHITECTURE (HONORS)  
HA 395 STUDIES IN AMERICAN INDIAN ART AND CULTURE (HONORS)  
HI 200 QUEER WORK A RESEARCH SEMINAR IN LGBTQ BUSINESS AND LABOR HISTORY  
HI 201 CLASSICS IN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY  
HI 202 U.S. HISTORY: CIVIL WAR TO PRESENT  
HI 203 DISTANT NEIGHBORS; A HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA AND THE UNITED STATES  
HI 204 LEISURE IN AMERICA  
HI 207 HOLLYWOOD: A HISTORY  
HI 208 AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH FABRIC, FASHION, AND DRESS
 
HI 209 FASHION AND SLAVERY  
HI 210 SALES AND SERVICE IN WORLD HISTORY  
HI 211  Modern American History Through Food  
HI 391 UNITED STATES HISTORY AND CULTURE: 1860 TO PRESENT (HONORS)  
HI 392 RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS DISSENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY TO THE CIVIL WAR (HONORS)  
HI 393 NEW YORK CITY AND THE INVENTION OF AMERICA (HONORS)  
HI 394 REBELLION AND RESISTANCE IN AMERICA (HONORS)  
MC 209 Hispanic Cultures In New York  
MC 241 ITALIAN AMERICAN CULTURE  
MU 203 SURVEY OF AMERICAN MUSIC  
SS 251 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS  
SS 278 LATINOS IN AMERICA: A SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE  

Please check the Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions and any prerequisite information.