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Department of American Studies College of Arts and Sciences

Ph.D. Minor in American Studies

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Students must complete 12 credit hours including:

  • G603 Introduction to American Studies (4 cr.)
    Representative readings in interdisciplinary scholarship; the origins and the development of American Studies and current trends.
  • G751 Seminar in American Studies (3-4 cr.)
    Intensive study of specific topics in American culture and history with emphasis on developing skills in interdisciplinary research. These seminars will culminate in a 20+-page research paper. Topics and instructors will change each time the seminar is offered. May be repeated once for credit.
Remaining course work can come from cross-listed courses outside the student's home department (see University Graduate School Bulletin) or courses in American Studies such as:

G520 Topics in Interdisciplinary American Studies (3 cr.)
Focusing on a specific topic, reflect on established AMST disciplinary methodologies and explore possibilities for new interdisciplinary syntheses. Consider issues like the questions historians ask and how they differ from those of literary critics or sociologists. May be repeated wih a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

G604 Perspectives in American Studies (4 cr.)
Survey of perspectives that have been and currently are significant in American Studies.

G605 Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies (4 cr.)
An introductory course in the interdisciplinary study of Native peoples, focusing on the study of indigenous peoples in the continental U.S., Alaska, and Canada.

G620 Colloquium in American Studies (3-4 cr.)
Readings, reports, and discussions on different aspects of American culture. Topics and instructors will change each time the course is offered. May be repeated once for credit.

G697 Research in Transnational American Studies (4 cr.)
Issues and methods in the study of the United States or the Americas from a hemispheric, transnational, or global perspective including directed research on relevant topics. May be repeated once for credit when topic differs for a miximum of 8 credit hours.

G753 Independent Study (1-4 cr.)
P: Consent of the Director of Graduate Studies and of instructor, who must be a member of American Studies faculty. (Please complete the AMST-G753 Proposal and obtain appropriate signatures. This proposal must be on file with American Studies before permission to enroll is granted.)