American Studies

Professor Register, Chair

Program Committee:
Professor J. Grammer, English
Professor Roberson, History
Professor Brennecke, Art History

Contributing Faculty:
Professor O'Connor, Anthropology
Professor Ray, Anthropology
Professor Willis, History
Professor Berebitsky, History & Women’s and Gender Studies
Visiting Assistant Professor E. Grammer, English

Major in American Studies: American Studies is an interdisciplinary major that fosters an understanding of past and contemporary American culture. While requiring a substantial foundation in American literature and history, the program also encourages students to explore nontraditional methods and subjects. The major is assembled usually from the fields of history, literature, anthropology, politics, religion, and art history. The junior seminar for majors introduces students to important methodological and theoretical problems in the study of American culture. During the first semester of the senior year, students undertake an independent and interdisciplinary research project. The comprehensive examination in the second semester of the senior year covers the particular program of required classes and electives the student has chosen.

The Program further encourages students to take responsibility for the design and content of their major course of study. Students elect to pursue one of two possible tracks:

1)    General Course in American Studies: This track is the traditional major in American Studies. In addition to the five required classes (American Studies 201, 202, 377, 378, and 333) and the senior research project (American Studies 420), students select five classes in the humanities and social sciences and combine them into an integrated course of study that reflects their intellectual and scholarly interests.

2)    Track in Africana and African American Studies (AAAS): Students choosing this track must take the following: American Studies 150 (Introduction to Africana and African American Studies); the five classes required of all program majors (American Studies 201, 202, 377, 378, and 333); four additional elective classes focusing on the history and culture of the African diaspora, with particular attention to the experiences of the populations of African descent in North America and the Caribbean. Finally, they must complete the senior research project in the same subject area of AAAS (American Studies 420).

It is recommended that prospective majors take American Studies (History) 201 and 202 and American Studies (English) 377 and 378 in the sophomore year. For students electing the track in Africana and African American Studies, it is recommended that they take American Studies 150 (Introduction to Africana and African American Studies) in their sophomore year.

Honors
Students with an average of B or above in courses that qualify for the major may be considered for honors; departmental honors are granted to those who achieve a B+ or better on the senior research project and on the comprehensive examination.

Track Requirements

General Course in American Studies

1. Students must take a minimum of eleven courses in at least four different disciplines.

2. The following courses are required of all majors:

a.    American Studies (History) 201, 202: History of the United States I and II
b.    American Studies (English) 377, 378: American Literature I and II
c.    American Studies 333: Junior Seminar
d.    American Studies 420: Senior Research Seminar

3. Students must take five additional courses approved for the major.

4. All majors must take a written comprehensive examination.

Track in Africana and African American Studies

1. Students must take a minimum of eleven courses in at least four different disciplines.

2. The following courses are required:

a.    American Studies (History) 201, 202: History of the United States I and II
b.    American Studies (English) 377, 378: American Literature I and II
c.    American Studies 150: Introduction to Africana and African American Studies
d.    American Studies 333: Junior Seminar
e.    American Studies 420: Senior Research Seminar

3. Students must take at least four additional courses approved for the major.

4. All majors must take a written comprehensive examination.

 



ELECTIVES FOR THE GENERAL COURSE IN AMERICAN STUDIES
The following courses are recommended as electives. Other classes, not included in the list below, may be counted toward the major with the approval of the program director. Students majoring in American Studies should consult their advisor in designing their program of study and selecting the appropriate electives.

American Studies:
150: Introduction to Africana and African American Studies
332: Twentieth-Century American Culture (also History 332)

Anthropology:
301: American Culture
302: Southern Cultures
307: Archaeology of Southeastern United States
411: Research Seminar: Campus Life and Academic Culture

Art History:
212: American Animation, 1910-1960
340: American Art

Asian Studies:
110: Asian American Experience

Education
375: African American and Latino Education

English:
330: The Life and Literature of Tennessee Williams
379: The American Novel
380: Whitman and Dickinson
391: Modern American Poetry
392: Modern American Fiction
393: Faulkner
394: Literature of the American South
395: African American Literature
396: American Environmental Literature
397: Contemporary American Fiction
398: Contemporary American Poetry

History:
203: Criminal or Hero? The Outlaw in American Culture
204: Wealth in America from the Colonial Period to the Present
226: Politics and Society in Contemporary America
227, 228: Intellectual and Cultural History of the United States I and II
229: The Many Faces of Sewanee
231: African American History to 1865
232: African American History since 1865
233: Race and Sexuality in U.S. History since 1800
237: Women in U.S. History, 1600-1870
238: Women in U.S. History, 1870 to the Present
316: The African American Church in Slavery and Freedom
317: African American Intellectual History
318: African American Women and Religion
322: Southern Lives
324: Colonial and Imperial Warfare in North America and Southern Africa
325: Revolutionary America
327: The Old South
329: The New South
332: Twentieth-Century American Culture
330: History of Southern Appalachia
334: Mass Culture and Popular Amusements in the United States, 1870-1945
336. Hours of Crisis in U.S. History
339: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920
347: The American Civil Rights Movement
393: America's Civil War
394: Reconstructing the South
493: The Civil War and American Historical Memory

Music:
223: American Music

Philosophy:
311: American Philosophy

Politics:
107: Critical Issues in American Politics
203: The Presidency
204: Legislative Process
205: The Judicial Process
304: American Political Thought
308: Public Policy
322: United States Foreign Policy
331: Introduction to Constitutional Law
332: Contemporary Constitutional Law
338: Constitutional Law: Civil Rights
343: Visions of Constitutional Order
344: Myth America
373: African American Political Thought
390: The United Nations

Religion:
343: Popular Culture and Religion in America
391: Southern Religion
393: Rural Religion

Spanish:
308: U.S. Latino and Latina Literature and Culture

Women’s and Gender Studies
100: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

ELECTIVES FOR THE TRACK IN AFRICANA AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
The following courses are recommended as electives. Other classes, not included in the list below, may be counted toward the major with the approval of the program director. Students majoring in AAAS track should work closely with their advisor in designing their program of study and selecting the appropriate electives. For courses marked with an asterisk (*), students should consult the instructor about the possibility of directing their written work or other assignments toward subjects pertaining to AAAS.

Anthropology:
302: Southern Cultures
304: Peoples and Cultures of Africa
305: Cultures of Latin America
311: Gender and Class in Latin America
314: Colonialism and Culture
317: The Anthropology of Development
379: Ethnicities

Art History
340: American Art*

Education
375: African American and Latino Education

English
395: African American Literature

History
215: Southern African History
219: History of Africa to 1880
220: History of Africa since 1880
223: Latin American History to 1825
224: Latin American History after 1826
231: African American History to 1865
232: African American History since 1865
233: Race and Sexuality in U.S. History since 1800
316: The African American Church in Slavery and Freedom
317: African American Intellectual History
318: African American Women and Religion (also Women's and Gender Studies)
322: Southern Lives
323: The Depression-Era South (also American Studies)
324: Colonial and Imperial Warfare in North America and Southern Africa
327: The Old South
329: The New South
347: The American Civil Rights Movement
363: Peasant Resistance and Rebellion in Latin America, 1500-1990
382: Science, Segregation, and Popular Culture in Twentieth-Century South Africa
385: Missionaries, Mullahs, and Marabouts: African Encounters with Christianity and Islam
386: African Environmental History
387: Slavery and the Slave Trade in Africa
393: America's Civil War
394: Reconstructing the South
493: The Civil War and American Historical Memory

Music
201: Bach, Beethoven, and the Beatles: History of Music in the Modern Era*
223: American Music*

Politics
227: Africa in World Politics
230: Politics in Nigeria and South Africa
311: Politics of Central America and the Caribbean
329: Comparative African Politics
373: African American Political Thought

Religion
265: Ethical Thought and the African American Experience
315: African Religions
391: Southern Religion
393: Rural Religion

Spanish
308: U.S. Latino and Latina Literature and Culture