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Approved Courses

Courses from other departments approved for the AMST major

This list is intended for use as a general guide for course selection. It is not to be considered definitive, as course offerings arc constantly reevaluated. If you have questions about whether or not a specific course applies to the concentration, please see the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Courses marked with an * are approved only when the topics covered are substantially relevant to American Studies and are subject to approval by the DUS. There may be courses which you encounter across campus which are not listed here but which you may feel are relevant to an American Studies major; you are invited to bring these course syllabi to the DUS for major/minor credit consideration.

In choosing your courses, note that no more than 13 credits in courses numbered  below 300 may be applied to the concentration.

Courses that meet the History requirement (6 credits required).

Courses that meet Requirement C (9 credits required).

Courses that meet Requirement D (6 credits required).

Other Recommended Courses - with permission from the department's Undergraduate Director, these may meet requirements for major. 

Courses that Meet the History Requirement (Requirement B) for American Studies
  • HIST 121-122. American History
  • HIST 211-212. Topics in History*
  • HIST 215. The World of Thomas Jefferson
  • HIST 216. Teaching American History with Historic Sites
  • HIST 220. Williamsburg Colonial and Revolutionary
  • HIST 221-222. U.S. Women's History, 1600 -Present
  • HIST 223. Pacific War
  • HIST 224. Southern Cultures: Field Holler to Nascar
  • HIST 226. The American West since 1890
  • HIST 228. The United States, 1945-1975: Society, Thought, and Culture
  • HIST 235-236. African-American History
  • HIST 237-238. American Indian History
  • HIST 310. African Americas and Africa
  • HIST 313. Topics in Women's History*
  • HIST 330. America and China: U.S.-China Relations Since 1784
  • HIST 345. The American Revolution, 1763-1789
  • HIST 400. Colonial and Revolutionary Virginia
  • HIST 490-491/ 490C-491C. Topics in History*
Courses that Meet Requirement C for the American Studies Major
Art and Art History
  • ARTH 330. Topics in Art History*
  • ARTH 370. Nineteenth-Century Art
  • ARTH 371. Twentieth Century Art
  • ARTH 372. Modern Architecture and Town Planning
  • ARTH 375. Contemporary Art and Art Criticism*
  • ARTH 381. Nineteenth-Century American Art
  • ARTH 383. Twentieth-Century American Art
  • ARTH 385. Eighteenth-Century Decorative Arts in Britain and America.
  • ARTH 386. Eighteenth-Century Decorative Arts in Britain and America
  • ARTH 460. Seminar Topics in Art History*
  • ARTH 470. Colonial American Architecture and Town Planning
  • ARTH 474. Topics in American Art
English
  • ENGL 207. American Literature: Themes and Issues
  • ENGL 210. Topics in Literature*
  • ENGL 355. Modern Fiction
  • ENGL 356. Modern Poetry to 1930
  • ENGL 357. Modern Poetry since 1930
  • ENGL 360. Contemporary Literature*
  • ENGL 361. American Literature to 1836
  • ENGL 362. The American Renaissance
  • ENGL 363. American literature, 1865-1920
  • ENGL 364. American Literature, 1912-1960s
  • ENGL 365. Early Black American Literature
  • ENGL 366. Modern Black American Literature
  • ENGL 371. Topics in American Literature*
  • ENGL 380. Topics in a Literary Period *
  • ENGL 411. Topics in Literary Theory*
  • ENGL 412. Topics in Literature and Other Arts *
  • ENGL 414. Topics in Women Writers*
  • ENGL 414A. Major African American Women Writers
  • ENGL 416. Topics in Gender and Sexuality*
  • ENGL 416A. Literature and the Formation of Homosexuality
  • ENGL 417. Topics in Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality*
  • ENGL 417A. Literatures of the Americas
  • ENGL 417B. Harlem in Vogue
  • ENGL 419. Study of a Single Author or Auteur*
  • ENGL 465. Topics in English*
  • ENGL 475. Research Seminar in English*
Music
  • MUSC 241. Worlds of Music
  • MUSC 271. Popular Music in the United States
  • MUSC 273. History of Jazz
  • MUSC 363. Interdisciplinary Topics in Music*
  • MUSC 365. Topics in Music*
  • MUSC 367. Topics in Ethnomusicology*
  • MUSC 373. Music in the US
  • MUSC 375. Music and Film*
  • MUSC 385. The Romantic Period
  • MUSC 387. Music of the Twentieth Century
  • MUSC 465. Seminar in Music*
  • MUSC 467. Seminar in Ethnomusicology*
Theatre, Speech, and Dance
  • THEA 332. Sex, Race, Plays & Films, Dramatizing Diversity*
  • THEA 340. Asian Pacific American History in Theatre and Film
  • THEA 410/410W. Theatre and Society in 20 th-Century America
  • THEA 461. Topics in Theatre History, Theory and Criticism*
  • SPCH 410. Special Topics in History and Criticism of American Public Address*
  • DANC 220. History of Modern Dance
  • DANC 230. History of American Vernacular Dance
  • DANC 460. Topics in Dance*
Courses that Meet Requirement D for the American Studies Major
Anthropology
  • ANTH 312. Comparative Colonial Archaeology
  • ANTH 314. Archaeology of Mesoamerica
  • ANTH 322. Archaeology of North America
  • ANTH 323. Indians of North America
  • ANTH 324. Indians of the Southwest
  • ANTH 325. Sun Dance People
  • ANTH 329. Native History and Colonial Encounters
  • ANTH 330. Caribbean Cultures
  • ANTH 338. Native Cultures of Latin America
  • ANTH 350. Special Topics in Anthropology*
  • ANTH 371. The Idea of Race
  • ANTH 427. Native People of Eastern North America
  • ANTH 429. Exploring the Afro-American Past
  • ANTH 430. Material Life in African America
  • ANTH 432. Maroon Societies
  • ANTH 457. Archaeology of Colonial Williamsburg and Tidewater Virginia
  • ANTH 458. Caribbean Archaeology
  • ANTH 459. Tsenacomoco: Native Archaeology of the Chesapeake
  • ANTH 472. Ethnographic History*
  • ANTH 482. Arts of the African Diaspora
  • ANTH 484. Collecting and Exhibiting Culture
  • ANTH 486. Cultural Politics of Art*
  • ANTH 490. Writing and Reading Culture*
Economics
  • ECON 341. American Economic History
  • ECON 400. Topics in Economics*
  • ECON 422. Applied Environmental Economics*
Government
  • GOVT 201. Introduction to American Government and Politics
  • GOVT 306. Political Parties
  • GOVT 324. U.S. Foreign Policy
  • GOVT 350. Introduction to Public Policy
  • GOVT 353. The Politics of States and Localities
  • GOVT 355. Southern Politics
  • GOVT 360. The American Welfare State
  • GOVT 370. The Legislative Process
  • GOVT 371. The Presidency
  • GOVT 372. American Legal Process
  • GOVT 373. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • GOVT 455. Seminar: Education Policy and Politics in the U.S.
  • GOVT 470. Seminar: Congress and the President
Philosophy
  • PHIL 322. American Philosophy
Religious Studies
  • RELG 308. Topics in Religious Studies*
  • RELG 326. Judaism in America
  • RELG 327. Sexuality, Women, and Family in Judaism*
  • RELG 345. Religion, Colonialism, and Nationalism In North America
  • RELG 346. Religion, the State, and American Politics
  • RELG 347. Sects, Cults, and Small Denominations in America
  • RELG 348. African-American Religions
Sociology
  • SOCL 203. American Society
  • SOCL 302. Criminology*
  • SOCL 304. Gender in Society*
  • SOCL 306. Urban Sociology
  • SOCL 307. Sociology of Education*
  • SOCL 308. Environmental Sociology*
  • SOCL 309. Media and Society*
  • SOCL 332. Families and Kinship*
  • SOCL 337. Immigration, Assimilation and Ethnicity
  • SOCL 361. Social Movements and Social Change*
  • SOCL 362. Medical Sociology
  • SOCL 363. Sociology of Religion*
  • SOCL 364. Sociology of Work
  • SOCL 365. Economy and Society
  • SOCL 366. Asian American Studies
  • SOCL 425. Blacks in American Society
  • SOCL 428. Technology, Science and Power*
  • SOCL 430. Comparative Studies in Gender and Work
  • SOCL 433. Crime and Justice in America
Other Recommended Courses
Africana Studies
  • AFST205. Introduction to Africana Studies
  • AFST 306. Topics in Africana Studies*
  • AFST 425. Blacks in American Society
Environmental Science and Policy
  • ENSP 302. Philosophic History of American Environmentalism
  • ENSP 440. Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy*
Film Studies
  • FILM 351. Special Topics in Film Studies*
  • FILM 401. Seminar in Film Studies*
Hispanic Studies
  • HISP 207. Cross-Cultural Perspectives: The U.S. and the Spanish-Speaking World
  • HISP 380. Cultural Transformations: The Case of Cuba and Puerto Rico
  • HISP 489. Seminar in Hispanic Studies*
Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
  • GSWS 221-222. U.S. Women's History, 1600 -Present
  • GSWS 380. Rhymes with Witch
  • GSWS 390. Topics in Women's Studies*
  • GSWS 414. Major African American Women Writers
  • GSWS 416. Literature and the Formation of Sexual Identity *
  • GSWS 420. Topics in Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture