The major consists of a minimum of 36 credits at the 200 and 300 levels. Students must select AMS 205 and eight other courses at the 200 level distributed among at least four academic departments or major programs. Three courses at the 300 level must also be chosen. Independent work may be substituted in some cases. Majors should consult with the program director for guidelines for writing and computer proficiency in the American studies major.

100- and 200-Level Courses

Students must select eight of the following courses, including at least one from each key theme and distributed among at least four academic departments or major programs.

I. Power and Responsibility

  • EC 227. Business and Government
  • ED 215. Issues in Education
  • HIS 110. American Society and Culture: 1607-1876
  • HIS/PCE/SOC262. Native Americans: Then and Now
  • PCE 148. Nonviolence in America
  • PSC 202. Contemporary Political Thought
  • PSC 251. Morality and Power in 20th-Century American Foreign Policy
  • PSC 270. American Constitutional Law
  • PSC 271. Civil Rights in the American Constitutional System
  • SOC 221. Courtship, Marriage, and Family
  • SOC 228. Social Problems
  • SOC 245. Wealth, Power, and Prestige
  • SOC 250. Criminal Justice
  • WS 100. Confronting Inequality
  • WS 225. Women and Sexuality
  • WS 240. Women, War, and Peace
  • WS 260/PSC 260. Women and the Law

II. Identity

  • ENG 249. The Legacy of Slavery
  • ENG 256. Multiethnic American Literature
  • ENG 275. Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
  • HIS 234. England and Colonial America
  • HIS 235. American Revolution
  • HIS 255. Architectural Space and the American Family Experience
  • HIS 260. Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIS 269. Women in India and the United States
  • MUS 109. History of Jazz
  • PSC 205. American Political Thought
  • PSC 242. Public Opinion, Propaganda, and the Mass Media
  • PSC 243. The American Political System
  • RLG 238. Religion and Race in America
  • SOC 220. Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 260. Deviance and Social Control
  • WS 230. Contemporary Feminisms

III. The Natural and Human-Made Environment

  • ART 278. European and American Architecture, 1750-1900
  • HIS 271. Baltimore as Town and City
  • HP 290. Practicum in Historic Preservation
  • PSC 285. Environmentalism: The Political Dimension
  • WS 265. Reproductive Technologies: Law, Ethics, and Public Policy
  • IV. Cultural and Social Expression
  • ART 284. Fine Art in America
  • COM 213. Making Sense of Popular Culture
  • COM 219. History of Television and Radio
  • COM 234. Critical Analysis of Journalism
  • COM 237. Media Criticism
  • DAN 131/231. Chorégraphie Antique
  • DAN 250. Twentieth-Century American Dance
  • DAN 255. American Dance Traditions
  • ED 210. Development of Education in the United States
  • ENG 250. American Literature I
  • ENG 254. American Literature II
  • ENG 255. The Modern American Novel
  • ENG 276. Modern Poetry
  • ENG 277. Contemporary American Poets
  • HIS 242. From Puritan Diaries to Oprah's Book Club: Readers and Writers in American History
  • THE 211. History of American Theater and Drama
  • SOC 271. Protest! Legacy of the Sixties

 

300-Level Courses

Three 300-level courses are required, in addition to AMS 205 and 200-level courses.

I. Power and Responsibility

  • COM 342. Communication Law and Regulation
  • PSC 316. Seminar in Scope and Method in Political Science
  • PSC 342. Seminar in Presidential Politics
  • PSC 343. Seminar in Congressional Politics

II. Identity II

  • PSC 322. American Philosophy

III. The Natural and Human-Made Environment

  • HP 320/ART 347. Seminar in Historic Preservation

IV. Cultural and Social Expression

  • COM 340. Media, Politics, and Civic Engagement
  • COM 342. Communication Law and Regulation
  • HIS 305. The Personal Narrative in American History and Culture
  • HIS 338. Seminar in Modern European and American History
  • ENG 371. Seminar in American Literature
  • ENG 372. Seminar in African-American Literature