Bachelor of Arts, American Studies and Ethnicity

American Studies and Ethnicity offers challenging and diverse opportunities to study the peoples, cultures, and institutions of the United States in interdisciplinary courses. Combining the study of history with literature, the arts, and the social sciences, American Studies and Ethnicity seeks to bring together these various disciplines and modes of inquiry in a common project: the effort to understand the diverse peoples and cultures that have composed the United States and to provide critical perspectives on the words, deeds, myths, and material practices that have shaped this country in its full regional, ethnic, class, and gender diversity. An education in American Studies and Ethnicity will be particularly appropriate for students interested in pursuing careers in law, journalism, government, foreign service, social work, international business, public administration, and education.

Program Major Requirements

Ten courses in American Studies and Ethnicity or courses certified for American Studies and Ethnicity credit are required. The 10 courses must be distributed as follows: the three core requirement courses of AMST  200, AMST  350, and ASMT  498; one course from each of the following three lists: History, Literature and Culture, and Social and Political Issues; and additional elective courses for a total of 16 units chosen from the courses certified in American Studies and Ethnicity at the 300 level or above.

Core requirements

Units

AMST 200

Introduction to American Studies and Ethnicity

4

AMST 350

Junior Seminar in American Studies and Ethnicity: Theories and Methods

4

AMST 498*

Senior Seminar in American Studies and Ethnicity

4

*Honors students will substitute AMST 492 Research Methods in American Studies and Ethnicity.

200/300/400-level required courses

Units

One course from each of the following categories:


History

AMST 373

History of the Mexican American

4

AMST 378

Introduction to Asian American History

4

HIST 200

The American Experience

4

HIST 354

Mexican Migration to the United States

4

HIST 355

The African-American Experience

4

HIST 315%;

American Popular Culture

4

HIST 457

The American West

4

HIST 458

History of California

4


Literature and Culture

AHIS 365

African American Art

4

AHIS 465

Studies in American Art

4

AHIS 475

Blackness in American Visual Culture

4

AMST 285

African American Popular Culture

4

AMST 377

Legacies of Viet Nam

4

AMST 385

African American Culture and Society

4

AMST 448

Chicano and Latino Literature

4

AMST 449

Asian American Literature

4

COMM 458

Race and Ethnicity in Entertainment and the Arts

4

ENGL 263

American Literature

4

ENGL 392

Visual and Popular Culture

4

ENGL 442

American Literature, 1920 to the Present

4

ENGL 445

The Literatures of America: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

4

ENGL 446

African-American Poetry and Drama

4

REL 70%;

Re-Viewing Religion in Asian America

4

REL 483

Religion and Popular Culture in the United States

4


Social and Political Issues

AMST 202

Interethnic Diversity in the West

4

AMST 206

The Politics and Culture of the 1960s

4

AMST 220

The Making of Asian America

4

AMST 274

Exploring Ethnicity through Film

4

AMST 285

African American Popular Culture

4

AMST 301

America, the Frontier, and the New West

4

AMST 320

Social Construction of Race and Citizenship

4

AMST 357

Latino Social Movements

4

AMST 365

Leadership in the Community--Internship

4

AMST 395

African American Humor and Culture

4

AMST 446

Cultural Circuits in the Americas

4

AMST 466

The Psychology of African Americans

4

ANTH 240

Collective Identity and Political Violence: Representing 9/11

4

GEOG 340

Latino L.A.

4

GEOG 350

Race and Environmentalism

4

JOUR 466

People of Color and the News Media

4

POSC 320

Urban Politics

4

POSC 328

Asian American Politics

4

POSC 421

Ethnic Politics

4

POSC 424

Political Participation and American Diversity

4

POSC 427

Black Politics in the American Political System

4

POSC 428

Latino Politics

4

PSYC 462

Minority Mental Health

4

REL 333

Religion in the Borderlands

4

SOCI 342

Race Relations

4

SOCI 355

Immigrants in the United States

4

SOCI 356

Mexican Immigrants in a Diverse Society

4

SOCI 366

Chicana and Latina Experiences

4

SOCI 375

Asian Americans: Ethnic Identity

4

SOCI 376

Contemporary Issues in Asian American Communinities

4

SOCI 432

Racial and Ethnic Relations in a Global Society

4

upper division elective courses

Units

Additional courses for a total of 16 units from the lists above or below, 300-level or higher. No more than two total courses in the major may be taken outside the College.

   

 

AMST 490x

Directed Research

2-8, max 8

AMST 493

Senior Honors Thesis in American Studies and Ethnicity

4

AMST 499

Special Topics

2-4, max 8

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