Coursework for the
American studies major is composed of (1) six core courses in American
studies that present the methodology and the conceptual framework for a
cultural approach to the civilization of the United States; and (2) six elective courses totaling at least 18 credits.
Students who wish to major in American studies must complete the following courses:
01:050:101 Introduction to American Studies (3)
01:050:225 Thought and Society in the American Past (3)
01:050:227 Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture (3)
01:050:310 Approaches to American Studies (3)
01:050:389 Junior Seminar in American Studies (3)
01:050:487,488,489 Seminars in American Studies (3,3,3)
Another 18 credits from American studies course offerings are required. No more than 9 of these credits (three courses) may be selected from courses numbered below 300.
Independent Studies 01:050:390,391 or 01:050:490,491; Independent Study/Project in American Culture (01:050:390,391); and Senior Essay or Senior Project in American Culture (01:050:490,491) allow American studies majors, minors, and other
students to do independent work for credit.
Work on the New Jersey Folk Festival may count for the major only twice.
For double-majors, only 3 of the 12 elective credits may overlap with the major requirements of other departments.
Grades of C or better must be earned in all courses in order to fulfill the requirements for the major.
Students must take required courses in the following sequence: 101 in
their first or second year; 310 after completing 101, and before taking
junior seminar; junior seminar is required for senior seminar.
American studies majors interested in certification for teaching should consult the Office of Teacher Education at the Graduate School of Education.
Students may not take any courses in fulfillment of the major on a pass/no credit basis.