Requirements

B.A. IN AMERICAN STUDIES

Requirements (72 units)
Total units required for graduation: 180

Lower-division prerequisites (12 units)

  1. ENG 140. Major American Authors (4)
  2. HIST 146. American Civilization (4)
  3. PSCI 203. American Government (4)

Note: HIST 146. American Civilization and PSCI 203. American Government fulfill categories D-1 and D-2 respectively in general education requirements. These units cannot be counted in more than one category.

Requirements for the B.A. in American Studies:

Upper-division requirements (72 units)

  1. Concepts and Methods (8 units)
    1. AMST 300. Introduction to American Studies (4)
    2. HUM 344. Ideas in American Culture (4)
  2. American Arts (12 units)
    1. ART 311. Art of the United States to the End of the Nineteenth Century (4)
    2. Women and/or minorities:
      • Four units chosen from:
      • ANTH 323. Native North American Art (4)
      • ART 323. Native North American Art (4)
      • MUS 351. Latin American Music (4)
      • MUS 352. African American Music (4)
    3. American arts:
      • Four units chosen from:
      • ANTH 323. Native North American Art (4)
      • ART 323. Native North American Art (4)
      • MUS 351. Latin American Music (4)
      • MUS 352. African American Music (4)
      • MUS 360. Music in the United States (4)
      • TA 461. American Drama (4)
      • Note: Students may receive credit for only one of the following:
      • ANTH 323. Native North American Art
      • ART 323. Native North American Art
  3. Historical and Social Contexts (24 units)
    1. Historical Periods
      • Twelve units chosen from:
      • HIST 350. The American Colonies, 1607-1783 (4)
      • HIST 351. The Evolution of American Democracy, 1783-1840 (4)
      • HIST 354. Civil War and Reconstruction (4)
      • HIST 356. The United States, 1877-1917 (4)
      • HIST 357. The United States, 1917-1945 (4)
      • HIST 359. The United States, 1945-1980 (4)
    2. Social Contexts
      • Twelve units chosen from one of the following groups:
      • Economics
      • ECON 333. Political Economy of Women: Money, Sex, Race, and Power (4)
      • ECON 352. The Economics of Poverty and Discrimination (4)
      • ECON 360. Economics of the Environment (4)
      • ECON 421. Economic History of the United States (4)
      Religion
      • HIST 380. History of World Religions (4)
      • SSCI 345. Religious Expression in America (4)
      • SOC 380. Sociology of Religion (4)
      Women and Minorities in America
      • ANTH 305. North American Prehistory (4)
      • ANTH 323. Native North American Art (4)
      • ANTH 351. Indians of North America (4)
      • ART 323. Native North American Art (4)
      • ECON 333. Political Economy of Women: Money, Sex, Race, and Power (4)
      • ECON 352. The Economics of Poverty and Discrimination (4)
      • HIST 391. Chicano History (4)
      • HIST 565. Immigration and Ethnic American History (4)
      • PSCI 340. Sex and Politics (4)
      • PSCI 352. Minority Politics (4)
      • SOC 410. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (4)
      • SOC 440. Social Class (4)
      • SOC 441. Black Social Stratification (4)
      • SOC 442. Chicano Social Stratification (4)
      • SOC 444. Sociology of Gender (4)
      • Note: Students may receive credit for only one of the following and may apply that credit in either the American Arts Category or the Historical and Social Contexts Category but not both:
      • ANTH 323. Native North American Art
      • ART 323. Native North American Art
      Political Thought
      • ANTH 315. Archaeology of the Southwest and California (4)
      • ANTH 352. Indians of the Southwest (4)
      • GEOG 302. Geography of California (4)
      • GEOG 350. Conservation and Natural Resources (4)
      • GEOG 440. Understanding the City (4)
      • HIST 370. History of California (4)
      • HIST 560. History of the American West (4)
      • PSCI 310. Classical Political Thought (4)
      • PSCI 311. Foundations of Modern Political Thought (4)
      • PSCI 314. American Political Thought (4)
      • PSCI 326. Political Parties and Interest Groups (4)
      • PSCI 342. The Politics of Environment (4)
      • PSCI 410. American Constitutional Law (4)
      • PSCI 411. The Bill of Rights (4)
      • PSCI 530. Studies in Political Theory: Liberalism (4)
  4. American Literature (20 units)
    1. Four units chosen from: (Prerequisite to upper-division American Literature courses.)
      • ENG 301A. Analysis of Poetry (4)
      • ENG 302A. Analysis of Drama (4)
      • ENG 303A. Analysis of Prose Fiction (4)
      • ENG 304A. Analysis of Nonfiction Prose (4)
      • TA 302A. Analysis of Drama (4)
    2. Twelve units in periods as follows:
      • ENG 325. American Literature I (4)
      • ENG 326. American Literature II (4)
      • One other four-unit American Literature course as approved by the coordinator.
      • Note: At least four units on American minorities and/or women must be chosen from categories D3, E, or F below.
    3. Four units of electives chosen from:
      • ENG 314. American Indian Literature (4)
      • ENG 339. African American Literature (4)
  5. American Themes Elective (4 units)
    1. Four units chosen from group 1 or 2 below:
      1. Four additional upper-division units chosen from one of the groups in C1 or C2;
      2. Four units chosen from courses on American subjects in anthropology, economics, geography, history, philosophy, political science and sociology in consultation with an advisor.
  6. Capstone (4 units)
    1. Four units chosen from:
      • AMST 590. Special Topics in American Studies (4)
      • ENG 515. Senior Seminar in Literature (with appropriate topic approved by American Studies coordinator) (4)

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