American Studies (Minor)

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The American studies minor offered by the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies gives students the opportunity to pursue an interest in the interdisciplinary study of American culture.

The American studies minor gives students the opportunity to pursue an interest in the interdisciplinary study of American culture. This minor is particularly appropriate for students majoring in humanities or social sciences disciplines.

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American Studies (Minor)

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Program requirements

The minor in American studies consists of 18 credit hours. A minimum of 6 credit hours must be completed through courses offered by the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies. Credit hours may not be shared between major and minor requirements. All courses used to satisfy requirements for the minor must be passed with a "C" (2.00) or better.
Core Requirements -- 6 credit hours
Upper Division Electives -- 12 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Degree requirements

The American studies minor consists of 18 credit hours, 12 of which must be upper-division (300 or 400 level).

Core Requirements: (6 credit hours)
AMS 201 Introduction to American Studies, L (3)
HRC 200 Introduction to Social and Cultural Analysis (3)

Students must choose 12 credit hours of elective courses from the following list:

AMS 326 Popular Culture (3)
AMS 330 American Lives, HU, C (3)
AMS 334 Class in America (3)
AMS 335 American Biography (3)
AMS 336 The American Southwest in Literature and Film, L or HU, C (3)
AMS 353 African American Literature: Beginnings through the Harlem Renaissance, L or HU, C (3)
AMS 354 African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to Present, L or HU, C (3)
AMS 412 Studies in American Politics and Law (3)
AMS 428 Chicano Cultures in the Southwest, SB (3)
AMS 450 Latina/os, Schooling, and Social Inequality (3)
ENG 337 Major American Novels, L or HU (3)
ENG 432 The American Renaissance, HU (3)
HST 320 US Urban History since 1850, SB, H (3)
HST 413 Contemporary America, L or SB, H (3)
REL 321 Religion in America, L or HU, C, H (3)

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: None

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

The minor in American studies is open to all ASU undergraduate majors.

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

The minor in American studies is an ideal preparation for students seeking employment in the following careers:

  • archivist
  • copy writer
  • editor
  • high school teacher
  • historian
  • history professor
  • journalist
  • lawyer
  • middle school teacher
  • museum curator
  • political analyst

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