American Studies Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in American studies explores the ideas and experiences that have contributed to the ongoing evolution of American society. The minor specializes in three areas of study: mass media and popular culture, racial and ethnic diversity and citizenship and community.

Required Courses (12 credits)

Campus

HIS  172 American Heritage II* Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
POL 103 American Government and Politics* Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
SOC 133 American Society (waived if SOC 100 OR SOC 136 was taken) Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
ENG 258 American Renaissance* OR
ENG 259 Modern American Novel*
Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
Two courses from one area of study area are required.

Mass Media and Popular Culture

ENG 111 Language of Film Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
ART 215 Art in American Life* Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
MUS 205 Jazz* Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
SOC 265 Popular Culture Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
HIS  360 Vietnam Era Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
POL 303 Money, Media and Politics Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
SPC 302 American Musical Theater Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus

Racial and Ethnic Diversity

ENG 261 African-American Literature Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
HIS  229 African-American Experience Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
POL 203 Political and Civil Rights Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
SOC 247 Hispanic Culture and Community Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
SOC 249 Race and Ethnic Relations Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
SOC 310 Civil Rights Movement Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
HIS  363 Immigration and Identity Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus

Citizenship and Community

PHI  240 American Philosophy* Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
ENG 261 African-American Literature Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
POL 203 Political and Civil Rights Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
POL 280 Constitutional Law Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
SOC 237 Inequality and Social Class Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
SOC 245 Community Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
HIS  274 Long Island History* Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
HIS  276 New York State and City* Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus

Required Advanced Courses (3 credits)

HIS  321 American Social and Intellectual History Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
POL 353 American Political Theory Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus
ENG 404 Advanced American Literature to 1865 OR
ENG 405 Advanced Survey of American Literature since 1865
Brooklyn Campus Long Island Campus

*Denotes course that may also count toward the core.

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