American Studies

Interdisciplinary Minor

Directors:  Catherine Danielou (Dean's Office, College of Arts and Sciences) and Deborah Littleton (College of Arts and Sciences)

The American Studies Program offers, through the College of Arts and Sciences, an interdisciplinary minor that examines various aspects of United States society and culture. Students are introduced to a wide range of different “texts” from American art, literature, music, history, science and technology, political science and sociology, justice sciences, and popular culture. These “texts” may include movies, slides, audio recordings, material artifacts, folkways, and food ways, as well as traditional written material. Students learn how to “read” and interrelate these texts in order to acquire a more complete and multifaceted understanding of American life and history. The minor in American studies thus provides a broad background in liberal arts and social sciences while developing skills of interdisciplinary thinking useful in a variety of careers. An American studies minor complements and counterbalances more narrowly focused majors; at the same time, it enhances majors that are either national or international in scope.

 Minor Requirements for American Studies

RequirementsHours
Music, the Arts, Literature, and Philosophy
Select three of the following:9
Jazz Styles: History and Appreciation
African American Music
History and Tradition of Gospel Music
African-American Dramatic Tradition
African American Poetry Tradition
The Art Experience
American Art to 1900
Art Since 1945
Modern Architecture
Special Topics: Museum Studies
Jazz Styles: History and Appreciation
American Music
The Evolution of Jazz
American Literature I: Before 1865
American Literature II: 1865-Present
African-American Special Topics
African American Literature, 1746-1954
African American Literature, 1954-Present
Southern Literature
The American Dream
Modern American Poetry
African-American Special Topics
African American Autobiography
African American Dramatic Tradition
African American Poetry Tradition
American Women Writers Before 1900
American Literature, 1620 - 1820
American Literature, 1820 - 1870
American Literature, 1870 - 1914
American Literature, 1914 - 1945
American Literature, 1945-Present
The Slave Narrative and Its Literary Expressions
The Harlem Renaissance
American Philosophy
Social and Behavorial Sciences
Select two of the following:6
History of Sport: The African American Experience
Black Psychology
Introduction to African-American Studies
Black Image: Screen and Television
Special Topics in African-American Studies
Public Health and Medical Issues in African Communities
Prehistory of North America
Religion and Culture in United States
Archaeology of Alabama
Urban Economics
Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
Police in America: An Overview
Corrections in America: An Overview
The Death Penalty in America
Introduction to American Government
Introduction to American Public Policy
American State and Local Government
American Foreign Policy
Politics and Race in America
Public Opinion in American Politics
The American Judicial Process
The American Presidency
American Political Thought
The Politics of Constitutional Law
The Bill of Rights
Seminar in American Government
American Constitutional Law I
Urban Sociology
Popular Culture
Sociology of The South
Sport and Society
Sociology of Hip Hop
Sociology of the South
Urban Ecology
Social Welfare History
Introduction to Social Work
Social Welfare Policy Analysis
History
Select two of the following:6
The United States To 1877
The United States Since 1877
The American Film
History of American Medicine
African-American History to 1865
African-American History Since 1865
History of Alabama
History and Development of Birmingham
Southern Industrial History
Topics in African American History
Women in American History
U.S. Civil Rights Movement
Popular Culture in American History
The American Film
History of Popular Music in the United States
American Film in the 1980s and 1990s
Rock n Roll and Race Relations
The Great Depression in Film
Southern Politics in the 20th Century
Mansions, Mines, and Jim Crow
Southern Labor History
History of American Medicine
Colonial American History to 1765
War and Society in Early America
Frontiers of Early America 1492-1815
U.S. Constitutional History to 1877
U. S. Constitutional History Since 1877
Reconstruction in America
The Fifties in America
The Making of Modern America 1877-1920
America in the 1920s and 1930s
Recent America 1945 to the Present
The Antebellum South
The American Civil War
The New South, 1877 to 1945
Southern Women: Image and Reality
Emergence of Modern America 1877-1945
History of American Technology
Technology and American Life
Workers in American Society
U. S. Labor History
American Film and Violent Society
American Urban History
The Changing American Landscape
American Environmental History
Total Hours21

Courses

AS 201. Studies in American Culture. 3 Hours.

Team-taught, interdisciplinary study of American society and culture through selected readings from American literature and history, as well as other "texts" from art, mustic, industrial and technological developments, folk and popular culture. Specific topics vary with instructors; materials for study include culutral experiences and expressions of diverse groups within American society, including native Americans, African American, immigrants and women.

AS 202. Studies in American Culture. 3 Hours.

Team-taught, interdisciplinary study of American society and culture through selected readings from American literature and history, as well as other texts from art, music, industrial and technological developments, and folk and popular culture. Specific topics vary with instructors; materials for study include cultural experiences and expressions of diverse groups within American society, including Native Americans, African Americans, immigrants, and women.

AS 301. Studies in American Culture. 3 Hours.

Team-taught, interdisciplinary study of American society and culture throuh selected readings from American literature and history, as well as other texts from art, music, industrial and technological developments, and folk and popular culture. Specific topics vary with instructors; materials for study include cultural experiences and expressions of diverse groups within American society including Native Americans, African Americans, immigrants, and women.

AS 401. Senior Seminar in American Studies. 3 Hours.

Topics of national and regional interest from any discipline but sufficiently broad to allow focus on specific intellectual problems using analytical skills and interdisciplinary methods learned in Core Curriculum courses, required elective courses, and chosen major. Should be taken during senior year.
Prerequisites: AS 201 [Min Grade: D] and AS 202 [Min Grade: D]