Minor in American Studies

The American Studies Minor explores aspects of the American experience locally, nationally, and within the global community from various perspectives and disciplines, including literature, history, political science, psychology, sociology, communication studies, and criminal justice.  Minors will complete 18 semester credit hours of study.

Minor in American Studies
Required Course
AMST 3311Introduction to American Studies3
Prescribed Electives
Five Elective Courses (See list below)15
Total Hours18

The elective courses will be drawn from three categories of concentration, and students will select two courses from any two of these categories and one course from a third category to constitute their fifteen elective hours.

  1. Regional and Borderland Studies (studies of Texas, the Southwest, and border culture); 
  2. Ethnicity and Race in America (racial and ethnic minority experiences, history, and cultural expression); and
  3. Gender in America (women's and masculinity studies).
Minor in American Studies
1. Regional and Borderland Studies
CRIJ 3394Global Terrorism and Homeland Security3
ENGL 3388Texas Crossroads3
ENGL 4370American Regional Literature3
HIST 3326The History of the West3
HIST 3391Colonial Latin America3
HIST 3396The American South3
HIST 3398Texas & the Southwest3
PHIL 3373American Philosophy3
SPAN 3374Introduction to Literatures of Spanish America3
SPAN 3385Spanish American Culture and Civilization3
2. Ethnicity and Race in America
COMS 3370Intercultural Communication3
CRIJ 4385Criminal Justice and Social Diversity3
ENGL 3337African-American Literature3
ENGL 3338Studies in Multicultural Literature3
GERM 2364Multicultures of American-German3
HIST 3322Black Civil Rights Movement3
HIST 3323History of American Slavery3
HIST 3382Immigration and Ethnicity in American History3
HIST 3392Native American History3
HIST 3393African-American History3
POLS 3335Political Ethnic Minorities and Gender3
SOCI 3324Social Inequality3
SOCI 3355Racial and Ethnic Inequality3
3. Gender in America
COMS 4386Family Communication3
ENGL 3336Studies in Women's Literature3
HIST 3383American Women's History3
SOCI 3325Gender And Inequality3
POLS 3335Political Ethnic Minorities and Gender3
PSYC 4334Applied Social Psychology3
PSYC 4391Divorce: Psychological Impact3