Minor in American Studies

The College offers a minor in American Studies. To earn an American Studies minor, students must apply in writing to the Chair of either the English or History Department and have a sequence of courses designed and approved to meet specific goals. Applications are available in either Chair’s office.

To complete the minor, four (4) of the five (5) courses must be taken outside the student’s major department. No American Studies minor will be awarded without compliance with the above format.

The minor in American Studies requires five (5) courses representing at least three (3) disciplines, distributed as follows:

A. Literature

One (1) of the following courses in American literature:

ENGL 243 The American Short Story
ENGL 245 The American Novel
ENGL 261 American Writers I
ENGL 262 American Writers II

B. History

One (1) of the following courses in American history:

HIST 318 Religion in America
HIST 326 Women in American History

C. Distribution Requirements

A total of three (3) courses from at least two of the following disciplines: (At least three disciplines must be represented in the total of five courses.)

Art
ARTH 282 American Art

Economics
ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 230 Urban Economics

English
ENGL 243 The American Short Story
ENGL 245 The American Novel
ENGL 260 American Ethnic Literature
ENGL 261 American Writers I
ENGL 262 American Writers II
ENGL 353 Dickinson and Frost

Geography
GEOG 251 Geography of New England

Biology
BIOL 103 Ecological Implications of Conservation

History
HIST 151 United States History to Reconstruction
HIST 152 United States History since Reconstruction
HIST 308 American Civil War Era
HIST 310 Emergence of a Modern Nation
HIST 318 Religion in America
HIST 321 Immigrants, Ethnics, and Racial Minorities in the United States

Music
MUSC 141 American Musics
MUSC 151 The History and Literature of Jazz

Sociology
SOCI 130 Social Problems
SOCI 251 Cities and Communities
SOCI 267 Sociology of Subcultures
SOCI 315 Social Class
SOCI 340 Sociology of Work

American Studies
INTD 490 Independent Study in American Studies

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