New Major Requirements

Requirements for American Studies Major, effective August, 2020

(Note: Students who have declared the major prior to August 2020 have a choice of fulfilling the major path as outlined below, or by way of the previous, concentration-based requirements.)

Students must complete with a grade of C or better:

  • AMST 2001 - Introduction to American Studies Credits: 3
  • AMST 3001 - Theories and Methods of American Studies Credits: 3
  • AMST 4000-level American Studies seminar, Credits: 3
  • 7 additional elective courses (Credits: 21), which must include:
    • 1 course from “Historical Approaches” category, Credits: 3 (See list)
    • 1 course from “Race/Ethnicity” category, Credits: 3 (See list)
    • 1 course from “Transnational/Regional” category, Credits: 3 (See list)

Additional Rules:

  • At least 2 of the 7 electives must be AMST courses. (Five AMST classes total.)
  • At least 3 of the 7 electives must be at the 3000-level or above. (Five 3000-level or above classes total.)

Note: If you have taken a class that you think might fulfill one of the below categories, but don’t see it listed here, you can petition the DUP (Jack Hamilton) to have the course count by sending along the syllabus.

 

Historical Approaches:

AMST 1050 – Slavery and Its Legacies

AMST 2422 – Point of View Journalism

AMST 2660 – Spirituality in America

AMST 2753 – Arts and Cultures of the Slave South

AMST 3221 – Hands-On Public History

AMST 3559 – Jim Crow America

AMST 3559– Multimedia Harlem Renaissance

AMST 4500- Stardom and American Cinema

ARTH 2471- Art Since 1945

ENGL 3150 – American Renaissance

ENGL 3430 – American Literature to 1865

ENGL 4500 – W.E.B. Du Bois

HIST 3281 – Genocide

HIST 3452- The Second World War

HIUS 2001 – American History to 1865

HIUS 2002 – American History Since 1865

HIUS 2052 – America and War Since 1900

HIUS 2053 – American Slavery

HIUS 3011 – The Colonial Period of American History

HIUS 3031 – The Era of the American Revolution

HIUS 3051 – The Age of Jefferson and Jackson, 1789-1845

HIUS 3071 – The Coming of the Civil War

HIUS 3072 – The Civil War and Reconstruction

HIUS 3161 – Viewing America, 1940-1980

HIUS 3162 – Digitizing America

HIUS 3171 – US Since 1945: People, Politics, Power

HIUS 3191 – American Jewish History

HIUS 3231 – The Rise and Fall of the Slave South

HIUS 3281 – Virginia History to 1900

HIUS 3471 – History of American Labor

HIUS 3490 – From Motown to Hip-Hop

HIUS 3641 – American Indian History

HIUS 3651 – Afro-American History to 1865

HIUS 3652 – Afro-American History Since 1865

HIUS 3654 – Black Fire

HIUS 3671 – History of the Civil Rights Movement

HIUS 3853 – From Redlines to Subprime: Race and Real Estate in the U.S.

MDST 3310 – Sound and Cinema

MDST 3375 – History of Music and Broadcasting in the U.S.

MDST 3903 – Media and Protest: The 1960s

MUSI 2070 – Popular Musics

MUSI 2120 – History of Jazz Music

PLAP – American Political Tradition

PLAP 3350 – American Congress

PLPT – American Political Thought to 1865

RELG 2150 – Religion in American Life and Thought to 1865

RELG 2160 – Religion in American Thought and Life from 1865 to the Present

WGS 3612 – Gender and Sexuality in the United States, 1865-Present

 

Race and Ethnicity:

AMST 1050 – Slavery and Its Legacies

AMST 2559 – Introduction to Native American Studies

AMST 2559 – Latinx Fictions and Film

AMST 2753 – Arts and Cultures of the Slave South

AMST 3180 – Introduction to Asian American Studies

AMST 3200 – African American Political Thought

AMST 3321 – Race and Ethnicity in Latinx Literature

AMST 3323 – Hemispheric Latinx Literature and Culture

AMST 3407 – Racial Borders and American Cinema

AMST 3470 – Cultures of Hip-Hop

AMST 3555 – Latinx Religions

AMST 3559– Multimedia Harlem Renaissance

AMST 3559 – Jim Crow America

AMST 3641 – Native America

AMST 4321 – Caribbean Latinx Lit and Culture 

AAS 1010 – Intro to African American Studies I

AAS 1020 – Intro to African American Studies II

AAS 2224 – Black Femininities and Masculinities in the US Media

AAS 2559 – The Souls of Black Folk

AAS 3500 – Intermediate Seminar in African-American & African Studies (Any)

AAS 3810 – Race, Culture, and Inequality

AAS 3853 - From Redlines to Subprime: Race and Real Estate in the U.S.

ANTH 2250 – Nationalism, Racism, Multiculturalism

DRAM 3070 – African American Theater

ENGL 3140 – African-American Literature II

ENGL 2572 – Black Writers in America

ENGL 4500 – W.E.B. Du Bois

ENGL 4500 – Black Queer Culture

HIEU 2102 – Modern Jewish History

HIEU 3692 – The Holocaust

HIST 3281 – Genocide

HIUS 2053 – American Slavery

HIUS 3641 – American Indian History

HIUS 3651 – Afro-American History to 1865

HIUS 3652 – Afro-American History Since 1865

HIUS 3654 – Black Fire

HIUS 3490 – From Motown to Hip-Hop

HIUS 3853 – From Redlines to Subprime: Race and Real Estate in the U.S.

MDST 3105 – Latino/a Media Studies

MDST 3760 - #BlackTwitter and Black Digital Culture

MUSI 2120 – History of Jazz Music

PLAP 3700 – Racial Politics

RELA 2850 – Afro-Creole Religion in the Americas

SOC 2442 – Systems of Inequality

SOC 3410 – Race and Ethnic Relations

SOC 4750 - Racism

 

Transnational/Regional:

AMST 2559 – Latinx Fictions and Film

AMST 2753 – Arts and Cultures of the Slave South

AMST 3323 – Hemispheric Latinx Literature and Culture

AMST 3407 – Racial Borders and American Cinema

AMST 3555 – Latinx Religions

AMST 3559 – Jim Crow America

AMST 3559– Multimedia Harlem Renaissance

AMST 3880 – Literature of the South

AMST 4401 – Literature of the Americas

AMST 4321 – Caribbean Latinx Lit and Culture 

AAS 3500 – Musical Fictions

AAS 3500 – Environmental Justice in the Mid-Atlantic

AAS 3500 – Encounters of the Modern Caribbean

ANTH 2250 – Nationalism, Racism, Multiculturalism

ENGL 3560 – Kafka and His Doubles

ENGL 4560 – Multiethnic American Fiction

HIEU 2102 – Modern Jewish History

HIEU 3692 – The Holocaust

HILA 200 – Colonial latin America, 1500-1824

HILA 2002 – Modern Latin America, 1824-present

HILA 3051 – Modern Central America

HIST 3281 – Genocide

HIST 3452- The Second World War

HIUS 3191 – American Jewish History

HIUS 3231 – The Rise and Fall of the Slave South

HIUS 3281 – Virginia History to 1900

HIUS 3456 – History of U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1914

MDST 3105 – Latino/a Media Studies

MDST 3115 - Breaking Bad: Once Upon a Time with the Pests

MDST 3310 – Sound and Cinema

MDST 4559 – Internet-Distributed TV in a Global Context

MESA 2110 – Intro to Middle East/South Asia Film History

MESA 3111 – Film Festivals and Global Media Cultures

AMST 3355 – Border Media

AMST 3465 – America and the Global South in Literature and Film

MDST 3105 – Latino/a Media Studies

MDST 3110 – Hollywood Goes to Asia

MDST 3584 – Global Cinema

RELA 2850 – Afro-Creole Religion in the Americas

SOC 3480 – Sociology of Globalization

SPAN 3420 – Survey of Latin American Literature I

SPAN 3430 – Survey of Latin American Literature II

WGS 3200 – Women, Gender, and Sports