Pgms-a-5.gif (22926 bytes)American Studies

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joel J. Kassiola

College of Humanities
Dean: Nancy McDermid

American Studies Program
415-338-2982 or 415-338-1220
Fax: 415-338-2888
Coordinators: Stanley Bailis, Professor of Social Science; Rodger Birt, Professor of Humanities

Undergraduate Advisers: Bailis, Birt

Programs

B.A. in American Studies
Minor in American Studies


Program Scope

American Studies is a cross-disciplinary program that offers students an opportunity to create an individualized major. The purpose of the major is to study the unity and diversity, the consensus and conflict, the continuity and change, that characterize the many cultures and social structures of past and present United States. Each student creates a program, drawing upon courses from throughout the university, designed to accomplish this attempt to understand the United States as a whole.

Career Outlook

The major is appropriate for students who wish a strong liberal arts experience that focuses on the United States, for those preparing for teaching careers, as well as those seeking a wide ranging background as preparation for later study of the law, public administration, city planning, library and museum work, and specialized graduate study.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN AMERICAN STUDIES

The American Studies major is divided into two parts: a set of required core courses designed to introduce the themes of American Studies described above, and a set of elective courses chosen from at least two disciplines related to a particular topic or theme in American Studies. Students entering this major should choose their theme or topic at least by the middle of the junior year in order to take advantage of courses in various departments appropriate to their topic. The program is directed by a coordinator and a council consisting of faculty from participating departments and students currently completing the major. Each student's program is developed in consultation with the coordinator and advisers, in accordance with the pattern below.

Online course descriptions are available.

Required Courses Units
AMST 300/SS 410 Social Perspectives on American Culture 3
AMST 310/HUM 485 Arts and American Culture 3
AMST 400/GEOG 551 American Regional Cultures 3
AMST 410/HUM 478 California Culture 3
Special Study course or courses (up to six units) on a specific topic connected to prior course work, to be developed through consultation with the coordinator and faculty from the appropriate department 3-6
Total required units 15-18
Elective Courses
Courses, by choice and advisement, on a topic or theme in American Studies, drawn from at least two disciplines. Up to six units may be in community college or lower division course work
24
Total for major 39-42

Courses especially appropriate as electives for the American Studies major are offered by the following departments (not an exclusive list):

Art, Asian American Studies, Black Studies, California Studies, English, Film, Geography, History, Humanities, Journalism, La Raza Studies, Music, American Indian Studies, Political Science, Social Science, Urban Studies, Women Studies.

MINOR IN AMERICAN STUDIES

Required Courses Units
AMST 300/SS 410 Social Perspectives on American Culture 3
AMST 310/HUM 485 Arts and American Culture 3
AMST 400/GEOG 551 American Regional Cultures 3
AMST 410/HUM 478 California Culture 3
Total required units 12
Elective Courses
These courses, chosen upon advisement from throughout the appropriate departments and programs of the university, allow the student to explore a particular theme or topic in American Studies. Lists of appropriate courses are distributed by the program each semester
9
Total units 21


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