American Institutions, Ideas, and Experiences

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This area of concentration (for the AMS major) focuses on the core institutions, ideas, and expressions that define America as a nation and an ideal. It provides a traditional American Studies track.

Students must select and take 18 semester hours with at least 12 hours at the 200 level and above, incorporating at least 3 different disciplines, from among the following courses.


Courses for American Institutions, Ideas, and Experiences Area of Concentration
Course Title Hours
ARC 225 Design and Human Behavior 3
ARC 426 Architecture and Society 3
ENG 141 Life and Thought in American Literature to 1865 3
ENG 142 Life and Thought in American Literature 1865-1945 3
ENG 143 Life and Thought in American Literature 1945 to Present 3
ENG 282 American Fiction 3
ENG 293 Contemporary American Fiction 3
ENG 349 Colonial and Early National American Literature 3
ENG 352 American Literature, 1810-1865 3
ENG 353 American Literature, 1865-1914 3
ENG 355 American Literature, 1945-Present 3
ENG 440 Major English and American Writers * 3
GEO 219 Geography of the United States and Canada 3
HST 111 Survey of US History, Colonial Period to Reconstruction 3
HST 112 Survey of US History, Reconstruction to Present 3
HST 212 Recent American History 1945 to Present 3
HST 219 U.S. Diplomatic History to 1914 3
HST 222 U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1898 3
HST 223 Assassinations in US History 3
HST 348 Witch Crazes and Other "Great Fears" in Europe and America 3
HST 361 Colonial America 3
HST 362 The Era of the American Revolution 3
HST 363 The Early Republic 1783-1815 3
HST 365 Civil War and Reconstruction 3
HST 367 The United States in the 1960s 3
HST 368 United States from Progressive Era to Great Depression 3
HST 369 United States in the Modern Era 3
HST 387 U.S. Constitutional Development to 1865 3
HST 388 U.S. Constitutional Development since 1865 3
HST 389 Great Issues in American History: Rhetoric and Reality 3
HST 391 U.S. Presidential Biography 3
HST 397 American Environmental History 3
HST 431 The U.S.-Vietnam War 3
MUS 461 American Music 3
POL 342 American Political Careers 3
POL 343 American Presidency 4
POL 344 U.S. Congress 3
POL 352 Constitutional Law and Politics 4
POL 353 Constitutional Rights and Liberties 4
POL 354 Political Parties and the Election Process 3
POL 373 American Foreign Policy 3
POL 376 U.S. National Security Policy 3
POL 411 American Political Thought 4
POL 459 Capstone Seminar on the American Political System 3
REL 341 Protestantism and the Development of American Culture 3
REL 442 Religion, Society, and Culture in New England 4
THE 391 Modern American Theatre 3
THE 493 American Theatre 3

* Contingent on semester topic