American Studies


This option explores the place and perception of the United States in an increasingly globalized world, as well as significant aspects of American popular culture. Students choose 24 credits of major elective courses in traditional humanities fields, as well as communication and media studies, political science, gender studies and sociology in addition to two interdisciplinary seminars.

The following courses count towards the American Studies in a Global Perspective concentration:

  • COMM/ENGL 3409: Glory and Shame: America on Film

  • ECON/HIST 2206: Economic History of the United States

  • ENGL 3049: Major American Writers I

  • ENGL 3050: Major American Writers II

  • ENGL 3131: 20th Century American Worker in Literature

  • ENGL 3369: American Literature I

  • ENGL 3370: American Literature II

  • ENGL 3383: Ethnic Literature in the United States

  • ENGL 3388: Regionalism in American Literature

  • ENVR 1205: The Great Pacific Northwest: Environmental Issues and Cultural Perspectives

  • ENVR 1215: The Great Pacific Northwest: Environmental Issues and Cultural Perspectives Laboratory

  • HIST 1114: United States History I

  • HIST 1115: United States History II

  • HIST 2102: Sports in America

  • HIST 2103: New Jersey History

  • HIST 2104: United States Social and Cultural History

  • HIST 2107: U.S. Economic History

  • HIST 2189: Special Topics in U.S. History

  • HIST 3101: American Immigration

  • HIST 3102: Race in America

  • HIST 3103: Gender in America

  • HIST 3104: U.S. Diplomatic History

  • HIST 3105: U.S. Environmental History

  • HIST 3106: Culture and Technology in U.S. History

  • HIST 3107: U.S. Constitutional History

  • HIST 3120: Colonial and Revolutionary America

  • HIST 3121: Age of Jefferson and Jackson

  • HIST 3123: The U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction

  • HIST 3129: 20th-Century American History I

  • HIST 3130: 20th-Century American History II

  • HIST 3134: America in the 1950s

  • HIST 3137: Vietnam Conflict

  • HIST 3189: Selected Studies in U.S. History

  • HIST/POLS 3311: The American Presidency

  • HUMN/PHIL 2443: African-American Political Thought

  • HUMN/PHIL 2445: Democracy in America

  • HUMN 2455: American Jazz and the Movement for Civil Rights

  • HUMN/PHIL 2545: The American Mind

  • HUMN 3221: Coming of Age in America

  • MUSIC 1108: From Elvis to J. Lo

  • MUSIC 3301: American Jazz and Popular Music

  • PHIL/RELI 1105: World Religions in America

  • POLS 2206: American Minority Politics

  • POLS 2251: Foreign Policy of the United States

  • POLS 2253: American Government

  • POLS 3311: The American Presidency

  • POLS 3312: The American Congress

  • POLS 3324: American Minority Groups

  • POLS 3331: American Political Though

  • POLS 3349: African-American Politics

  • POLS 3355: American Constitutional Law I

  • POLS 3356: American Constitutional Law II

  • POLS 4320: Women’s America

  • SOCI 3320: Race, Generation, and Immigration

  • SOCI 3329: Social Class in America and the World

  • SOCI 3442: Culture of Youth in the Digital Age

  • SOCI 3450: Hispanic Cultures in the U.S. and the World