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American Studies Undergraduate Major (BA, BS, CRED, HBA, HBS)

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College of Liberal Arts | American Studies | Interdisciplinary Program Detail

Offered only on the OSU-Cascades Campus.

An interdisciplinary major that engages American culture in its historical, contemporary, and global contexts. Examines American culture through a variety of media including film, music, literature, history, politics, and art. Teaching faculty members are from several different disciplines and students approach course objectives from many scholarly vantage points.

Note: The Honors degrees HBA and HBS are not available on the OSU-Cascades Campus.

Lower Division (COCC) (20 credits)


Required Sequences:

ENG 253. Survey of American Literature: Colonial to 1900 (4)
ENG 254. Survey of American Literature: 1900 to Present (4)
HST 201, HST 202. History of the United States (4)

Choose 1 course from the following COCC courses:
ARH 207. Native American Art History (4)
HST 203. *History of the United States (4)
HST 204. History of the Civil War (4)
HST 207. History of the American West (4)
HST 218. Native American History (4)
HST 225. U.S. Women’s History (4)
HST 242. History of the Pacific NW (4)
HST 258. Colonial Latin American History (4)
HST 259. Modern Latin American History (4)
HUM 212. Culture and Literature of the Americas (4)
HUM 230. Immigrant Experience American Literature (4)
HUM 240. Native American Literature and Culture (4)
HUM 256. Introduction to African-American Literature (4)
HUM 262. Popular Culture: The American Western (4)
PS 201. Introduction to U.S. Government and Politics (4)
PS 203. State/Local Government (3)
WS 101. Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (4) [Not offered every year.]

COCC Course Catalog:

Upper Division (32 credits)



AMS 311. Topics in American Studies (4)
AMS 350. *American Culture and the Vietnam Experience (4)
ENG/ART 386, ENG/ART 387, ENG/ART 388. A Cultural History of American Art and Literature: Part I, II, III (4,4,4)

Choose from the following list to complete 32 credits:
ART 462. Directions and Issues in Contemporary Art (3)
COMM 326. Intercultural Communication (3)
COMM 412. Topics in Speech Communication (3)
COMM 416. Ethnography of Communication (3)
COMM 427. Cultural Codes of Communication: Native American Codes of Place (3)
ENG 317. *The American Novel: Beginnings to Chopin (4)
ENG 318. *The American Novel: Modernist Period (4)
ENG 319. *The American Novel: Post-World War II (4)
ENG 360. *Native American Literature (4)
ENG 362. *American Women Writers (4)
ENG 470. ^Studies in Poetry (4)
ENG 482. Studies in American Literature, Culture, and the Environment (4)
ENG 485. ^Studies in American Literature (4)
HST 362. Women in United States History (4)
HST 468. History of the American West (4)
HST 469. History of the Pacific Northwest (4)
HST 475. Civil War and Reconstruction (4)
HST 477. The Progressive and New Deal Eras (4)
HST 481. *Environmental History of the United States (4)
PS 321. Constitutional Law: Government Powers and Constraints (4)
PS 322. *Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties (4)
PS 323. Constitutional Law: Rights of the Accused (4)
PS 363. *Gender and Race in American Political Thought (4)
PS 375. *The Civil Rights Movement and Policies (4)
PS 429. ^Topics in Judicial Politics (4) [Terminated fall 2016]

Any changes to this curriculum must be approved by the director of American Studies.


* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

Major Code: 865

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