The interdisciplinary minor in American Popular Culture helps students to assess from a variety of perspectives the icons and ideas they encounter every day, to think critically about the images and assertions of the mass media and commercial culture, and to see the experience of popular culture as it interacts with questions of gender and ethnicity in the American context. Students choose five classes, including one upper-division elective, from a curriculum organized to explore: Critical Approaches to Popular Culture; Gender and Ethnicity in American Popular Culture; and Popular Culture in the Arts. Twenty units are required in all, four at the lower-division and sixteen at the upper-division level.
Lower division requirements
Choose one course (4 units).
American Studies 206m, Politics and Culture of the Sixties OR
American Studies 285m, African American Popular Culture
Upper division requirements
Choose four courses (16 units), at least one from each of the groups below.
Critical approaches to popular culture: choose one (4 units)
American Studies 301g, America, the Frontier, and the New West OR
Communications 384, Interpreting Popular Culture OR
Comparative Literature 365, Literature and Popular Culture OR
English 392, Visual and Popular Culture OR
History 380, American Popular Culture OR
Gender, ethnicity and American popular culture: choose one (4 units)
American Studies 357m, Latino Social Movements OR
American Studies 365, Leadership in the Community OR
American Studies 385, African American Culture and Society OR
American Studies 395m, African American Humor and Culture OR
English 448m, Chicano and Latino Literature OR
English 449m, Asian-American Literature OR
English 476, Images of Women in Contemporary Culture
For further information regarding the American Popular Culture minor, contact Cynthia Mata Flores at 213.740.3800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.