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Contemporary American Experience

This concentration explores American society at the outset of the 21st century by examining the relationships between the dominant and minority cultures, the quest for identity on the part of individuals and groups, and the social, political, and cultural changes of the post-World War II era. This concentration enhances students’ ability to succeed in careers in social work or community services jobs, as well as any business whose customer base or work force is diverse.

Concentration Course Requirements

Take one (1) of the following:

AMS 205 Introduction to American Studies (3)

AMS 207 America: A Global Perspective (3)

ENG 143 Life and Thought in American Literature 1945 - Present (3)

POL 142 American Politics and Diversity (4)

FST/IDS/MAC 206 Diversity in American Film (3)

Take three (3) of the following:

AMS/ENG 246 Native American Literature (3)

AMS/ENG 247 Appalachian Literature (3)

AMS 310 Special Topics in American Studies (3)

AMS/HST 367 The U.S. in the 1960's (3)

ART 283 Modern America (3)

ATH 303 Native American Culture (3)

ATH 304 Native North America: Anthropological Perspectives (3)

BWS/ENG 338 African American Writing, 1946 - present (3)

BWS/ENG 348 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)

ENG/WGS 232 American Woman Writers (3)

ENG/LAS 254 Latino/a Literature and the America (3)

ENG 293 Contemporary American Fiction (3)

STC 332 Argumentation and Debate (3)

WGS/HST/AMS 382 Women in American History (3)

Take one (1) of the following:

ENG 468 Gender and Genre (3)

ENG 490 Special Topics in Literary Study (3-6)

STC 438 Political Campaign Communication (3)