American Studies Major, BA

Campus: NYC


The curriculum of this interdisciplinary program is unique.  In addition to 12 credits of specified coursework, it offers students the choice of a wide range of elective courses (24 credits) in one of five tracks of study.


 

Major Completion Summary

Requirement Credits
University Core Requirements 44-55
Major Requirements 36
Open Electives 37-48
Total Credits 128

University Core Requirements (44-55 Credits)

See complete University Core requirements.

University Core
Complete University Core Requirements44-55

Major Requirements (36 Credits)

Required Major Courses
AMS 102Introduction to American Studies3
AMS 200Introduction to Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies3
AMS 399Seminar in American Studies3
Approved Methods Course3
Concentration Areas
Select one of the following three concentrations 124
Cultural Studies Concentration
Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies Concentration
Law Concentration
Total Credits36

METHODS ELECTIVE COURSES 

ANT 101Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT 210Urban Ethnography3
ART 188Art as a Vehicle of Social Commentary and Political Progress3
ART 216Art History: American Art3
COS 111Introduction to Communication3
COS 239Milestones in Communication Research3
CRJ 121Government Administration3
CRJ 150Introduction to Criminal Justice3
ECO 105Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics3
ECO 106Principles of Economics: Microeconomics3
ENG 205Introduction to Language and Linguistics3
ENV 110Nature and Culture: A Study in Connections3
ENV 111Environmental Studies: Economic, Ethical and Political Perspectives3
FSS 202History of Film I3
FSS 203The Art of Film3
HIS 111American Civilization to 18773
HIS 112American Civilization Since 18773
HIS 380Seminar on Historiography3
LIT 205Introduction to Literature, Culture and Media3
LIT 303Introduction to Cultural Studies3
LLS 240Research and Analysis3
PHI 116Modern Philosophy3
PHI 308Theory of the World3
PJS 101Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies3
POL 101Politics: Comparative Introduction3
POL 114Introduction to International Relations3
PSY 112Introduction to Psychology4
PSY 380Experimental Psychology I4
SOC 102Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 380Social Research Methods3
WS 115Intro to Women's & Gender Studies3
WS 169Introduction to Queer Studies3

Cultural studies Concentration

Major Electives24
AMS 210Native and Indigenous Peoples Studies3
AMS 296ATopic: Public Cultures: Museum Studies3
AMS 296BTopic: Public Cultures: Urban Cultural Life and the Downtown Culture Explosion3
AMS 296CTopics: Entertaining America's Children3
AMS 296DConstructing Whiteness in America3
AMS 296ETopic: Anarchism in the U.S.3
AMS 296FTopic: Legal Literacy and Defense3
AMS 296GTopic: Postwar New York and the American Empire3
ANT 108Global Culture and Local Identities3
ANT 210Urban Ethnography3
ANT 212Magic and the Spirit World3
ANT 216African Diaspora Through Film3
ANT 225Black Women in Cross Cultural Perspectives3
ART 205Contemporary Art History3
ART 207Art History: Architectural History of New York City3
ART 214Art History: Modern Art3
ART 215New York and the Visual Arts3
ART 216Art History: American Art3
ART 217Art History: Latin American Art3
ART 220Art History: Aspects of Asian Art3
ART 224Hip Hop in Contemporary Art and Design3
ART 226Native American Art History3
ART 233Public Art in the Urban Context3
ART 266International Center for Photography: Fundamentals of Studio Lighting3
ART 288Mobile Media: City as Screen3
BIO 123Biology and Contemporary Society4
BIO 215Urban Ecology3
COS 113Media, Culture, and Society3
COS 114Introduction to Mass Media3
COS 213Intercultural Communication3
COS 226Writing for the Electronic Media3
COS 228Writing for Convergent Technologies3
COS 239Milestones in Communication Research3
COS 242New Communication Technologies and Moral Panic3
COS 244Digital Cultures3
COS 245Communication and Popular Culture3
COS 270Political Communication3
COS 280Introduction to Journalism3
COS 296ATopic: Digital Youth Activism in Everyday Life3
COS 311Ethics, Morality, and the Media3
COS 312Introduction to Cultural Studies3
COS 335Media and Gender3
COS 336Propaganda3
COS 338Media Criticism3
COS 341Citizen Journalism and Deliberation3
COS 396A3
CRJ 121Government Administration3
CRJ 150Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJ 242Crime and Public Policy3
CRJ 243Alcohol, Drugs and Crime3
CRJ 245Organized Crime3
CRJ 249Law and Society3
CRJ 250Community Relations in the Criminal Justice System3
CRJ 298Contemporary Perspectives on Violence3
CRJ 300Homeland Security Strategies3
CRJ 311Controversial Criminal Cases3
CRJ 321Creative Crime Control3
CRJ 346Terrorism and Society3
CRJ 350Courts Administration3
CRJ 351Criminal Evidence and Procedure3
CRJ 375Criminal Justice System Responses to Domestic Violence and Child Abuse3
ECO 211Sports Economics3
ECO 271Economics Geography3
ECO 272The Economics of Poverty and Income Distribution3
ECO 285Economics and Public Policy Perspectives of Crime3
ECO 286Economic Issues through a Photographer's Lens3
ECO 296WTopics: Sustainable Development3
ECO 296ZTopic: U.S. Economy and Monetary Policy3
ECO 352Current Economic Issues3
ECO 360International Economics3
ECO 373China and the U.S. Economic and Political Relations: Past, Present and Future3
ECO 376From Wall Street to the Great Wall3
ENG 309Creative Nonfiction3
ENG 310Journalism3
ENG 322AAdvanced Writing: The Art of the Memoir3
ENG 341Language in Society3
ENG 342Writing About Culture: Ethnography3
ENG 396EWriting Cultural Criticism for the Web3
ENV 105Social Responsibility and the World of Nature3
ENV 111Environmental Studies: Economic, Ethical and Political Perspectives3
ENV 112Environmental Studies - Basic Issues3
ENV 205Globalization, Trade and the Environment3
ENV 225Energy Policy3
ENV 245Environmental Justice3
ENV 297ETopic: Sustainability and Social Change3
ENV 297GNature and the City3
ENV 310Environmental Policy and Sustainable Governance3
ENV 311Development of Environmental Regulation3
FSS 130The Aesthetics and Technology of Motion Picture Production4
FSS 202History of Film I3
FSS 206History of Film II: World War II - Present3
FSS 230Digital Television Field Production4
FSS 240Film Genres3
FSS 260Major Film Movements3
FSS 386Seminar on Film3
HIS 111American Civilization to 18773
HIS 112American Civilization Since 18773
HIS 113/114 (various topics courses)
HIS 119The Middle East: An Historical Survey3
HIS 131The Asian World: A Historical Survey3
HIS 132Africa: An Historical Survey3
HIS 134Modern Latin America3
HIS 207Europe Since World War I3
HIS 210Germany and Central Europe Since 18483
HIS 213Modern Russia3
HIS 215American Social and Cultural History3
HIS 216History of Human Rights3
HIS 220Modern Islamic World: 1850-Present3
HIS 223Discrimination, Integration and Assimilation: Global Jewish Experience3
HIS 231Latin America: Century of Social Change and Revolution3
HIS 239Wars in the Asia-Pacific3
HIS 241Modern China3
HIS 242Modern Japan3
HIS 254The American Civil War3
HIS 256American Colonial History3
HIS 259The American Revolution3
HIS 260Constitutional History of the United States3
HIS 264History of the American Presidency 1900 - Present3
HIS 265American Urban History3
HIS 268American Labor History3
HIS 269Recent United States History3
HIS 270History of Modern South Africa3
HIS 271Culture and History of Black America3
HIS 273Ethnic and Racial History of the United States3
HIS 275Modern History of Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran3
HIS 280History of American Women3
HIS 302African-American History Since 19103
HIS 310United States in the Era of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1929-19453
HIS 321Economic History of the United States3
HIS 345History of America Immigration Law, 1790 to the Present3
HIS 366History of New York City3
HIS 367History and Geography of New York3
INT 296FThird World? Two-Thirds World!6
LAS 101The Other "America": Introduction to Latin American Studies6
LAS 201Latin America: The Caribbean and the World6
LAS 210Luz, Camara, Accion! : Film as Mirror of Social Change in Latin American History and Culture6
LLS 100Latina/o Communities3
LLS 240Research and Analysis3
LIT 211EAmerican Literature I3
LIT 211JAmerican Voices3
LIT 211ULatina/o Voices: Transnational Currents in American Writing3
LIT 212AThe New American Dream: Literature and Cultural Division3
LIT 212EAmerican Literature II3
LIT 212PLiterature of African Peoples II3
LIT 212QYoung Adult Fiction3
LIT 212XEarly American Black Lives Matter3
LIT 212YAmerican Women Writers3
LIT 303Introduction to Cultural Studies3
LIT 304Postcolonial Literature3
LIT 307Contemporary American Poetry3
LIT 315BTwentieth Century Literature: Labyrinths in Literature and Film3
LIT 320American Literature I3
LIT 321Masters of American Literature II3
LIT 326African American Literature3
LIT 341Selfies, Literature and the Visual3
LIT 342Studies in American Literature3
LIT 345Literatures of Diversity3
LIT 375The Black Arts Movement3
LIT 396UTopic: Postcolonial Literature: The Caribbean3
MUS 147Rock and Contemporary Culture3
MUS 149How the Entertainment Industry Works3
PJS 101Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies3
PJS 203Nonviolence: Theory and Practice3
PAGE 182Current Theater in New York3
PAGE 184Current Dance in New York3
PAGE 270World Theater3
PAGE 272Theater for Social Change3
PAGE 273Theater of the Oppressed3
PAGE 274Theatre and Social Justice3
PHI 113Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 115Normative Ethics: Contemporary Moral Problems3
PHI 121Ethics in the Workplace3
PHI 218Legal and Political Philosophy3
PHI 223Environmental Ethics3
PHI 260Business Ethics3
PHI 289Political Philosophy from Machiavelli to Marx3
PHI 296QPhilosophical Issues in Feminism3
PHI 308Theory of the World3
PHI 355Ethical Theories3
PHI 357Philosophy of Religion3
POL 111American Government and Political Institutions3
POL 114Introduction to International Relations3
POL 213Twenty-First Century Politics3
POL 214Revolution or Reform3
POL 219International Political Economy and Globalization3
POL 220Political Parties and Interest Groups3
POL 222Issues in Public Policy3
POL 224Public Opinion and Polling Methods3
POL 233Advanced International Relations3
POL 241Classical Political Thought3
POL 243Modern Political Theory3
POL 244American Political Thought3
POL 247International Law and Human Rights3
POL 249Feminist Political Theory3
POL 257Latinx Politics in the United States3
POL 303APolitics Workshop: International Organization3
POL 303CPolitics Workshop: United Nations3
PSY 206Psychology and Law3
PSY 207Intersectional Critical Liberation Psychology3
PSY 209Health Psychology3
PSY 215Psychology of Cultural Diversity3
PSY 227Psychology of Women3
PSY 233Psychology of Civic Engagement3
PSY 304Social Psychology4
PSY 308History of Psychology4
PSY 375Lifespan Development Psychology4
PSY 380Experimental Psychology I4
RES 101Introduction to the Study of Religion3
RES 240The World Religions and the Natural Environment3
SOC 112Race and Ethnicity in Cities3
SOC 114Criminology3
SOC 116Sociology of Deviance3
SOC 209Race and Ethnicity3
SOC 221Juvenile Delinquency3
SOC 222Gender and Social Change3
SOC 223Sexuality, Reproduction and the Family3
SOC 226Community Service in New York City3
SOC 245Urban Planning3
SOC 323Social Theory3
SOC 380Social Research Methods3
SPA 154QTopic: Negotiating Border Lines - Latino Films of the United States3
SPA 154RTopic: Borders of Latino/a Identity: An Introduction to Latino/a Literature and Culture of the US3
SPA 154SPerspectives on America: The Experience of Latina Writers3-4
SPA 154VLatin American Cinema3
SPA 155BThe Literature and Culture of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean3
SPA 156AThe Literature and Culture of the Indigenous Societies of Latin America3
SPA 345Latin American Theatre3
WS 166Gender, Race and Class3
WS 250Queer Stories:LGBTQ People and Communities in Historical Context3
WS 268Men and Masculinities3
WS 269Lesbians in Literature and Film3
WS 270A Cultural History of Sexualities from Prehistory to the Present3
WS 275Gay Male Experiences3
WS 285Queer Cinema3
WS 291Global Activism and Transnational Feminist Theories3
WS 293Transgender Studies3
WS 297ATopic: Asian/American Women3
WS 297GTopic: Sexualities and the City in North and South America3
WS 297ITopics: Hot Latina/os? Race, Gender, and Sexualities in Latin America3
WS 297XGender and Human Rights: an Introduction to Transnational Feminist Activism3
WS 369Queer Theory3
WS 380Seminar in Feminist Theory3

Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies Concentration

AMS 210Native and Indigenous Peoples Studies3
LSS - One Latino/a/x Studies Course3
CRES Electives Electives (select three courses from the following list):9
Constructing Whiteness in America
Global Culture and Local Identities
People and Cultures of the Middle East
Urban Ethnography
Magic and the Spirit World
Latino Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective
African Diaspora Through Film
Women and Gender Through a Global Perspective
Anthropology of Violence
Black Women in Cross Cultural Perspectives
Biology and Contemporary Society
Intercultural Communication
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Crime and Public Policy
Community Relations in the Criminal Justice System
Structure and Function of Police Organization
Homeland Security Strategies
Strategies in Corrections Administration
Terrorism and Society
Sports Economics
Economics Geography
The Economics of Poverty and Income Distribution
Global Finance, Investments and Economic Activity
China and the U.S. Economic and Political Relations: Past, Present and Future
From Wall Street to the Great Wall
Globalization, Trade and the Environment
Environmental Justice
Nature and the City
Topics: Urban Environmental Geography
Film and Revolution: World Cinemas
Race and Representation
GLA Any course in Global Asia Studies
American Civilization to 1877
American Civilization Since 1877
The Asian World: A Historical Survey
Africa: An Historical Survey
Latin America: The Colonial Era
Modern Latin America
Ancient and Medieval African History
Israel and Palestine: The Heritage and the Challenge
Latin America: Century of Social Change and Revolution
Caribbean America
Wars in the Asia-Pacific
Modern China
Modern Japan
The American Civil War
American Urban History
Recent United States History
History of Modern South Africa
Culture and History of Black America
History of North Africa After 1800
Modern History of Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran
History of American Women
African-American History Since 1910
Faith, Society, Conflict: The Middle East from Ancient Times to the Arab Spring
Topic: Global Politics of Peace and Social Justice
Third World? Two-Thirds World!
Children in Urban Society
Hong Kong and Bollywood: Globalization of Asian Cinema
From Nestor to Chopin: Slavic Civilizations
Southern Exposure: The World Role of the Southern Hemisphere
The Holocaust and Modern Genocides: Representations in History, Literature and Film
Luz, Camara, Accion! : Film as Mirror of Social Change in Latin American History and Culture
"For Land, Bread and Liberty": The Latin American Social Revolution in History and Culture
American Voices
Latina/o Voices: Transnational Currents in American Writing
Literature of African Peoples II
Early American Black Lives Matter
Postcolonial Literature
African American Literature
The Black Arts Movement
Topic: Postcolonial Literature: The Caribbean
LSS: Any Course in Latino/a/x Studies
World Theater
Theater of the Oppressed
Theatre and Social Justice
An Evolution of the Spoken Word
Theory of the World
American Government and Political Institutions
Introduction to International Relations
Politics Workshop: African Politics and Foreign Policy
Twenty-First Century Politics
Issues in Public Policy
Public Opinion and Polling Methods
Politics and Media
Latinx Politics in the United States
Topic: Race and American Political Development
Politics Workshop: Politics of Law in American Society
Politics Workshop: International Organization
Politics Workshop: United Nations
Politics Through Film
Intersectional Critical Liberation Psychology
Psychology of Cultural Diversity
Understanding a Globalized World
Social Psychology
Social Problems
Urban Sociology
Race and Ethnicity in Cities
Criminology
Sociology of Deviance
Race and Ethnicity
Community Service in New York City
Urban Planning
Topic: Negotiating Border Lines - Latino Films of the United States
Topic: Borders of Latino/a Identity: An Introduction to Latino/a Literature and Culture of the US
Perspectives on America: The Experience of Latina Writers
Latin American Cinema
The Literature and Culture of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean
The Literature and Culture of the Indigenous Societies of Latin America
Latin American Theatre
The Culture of Mexico
Topics: Spanish Seminar: Publishing for the Spanish Speaking World
Gender, Race and Class
Global Activism and Transnational Feminist Theories
Topic: Asian/American Women
Topic: Sexualities and the City in North and South America
Topic: Women, Gender, and Feminisms in Latin America
Topics: Hot Latina/os? Race, Gender, and Sexualities in Latin America
Major Electives (List Provided Within Cultural Studies Concentration List)9
Total Credits24

Law Concentration

Choose one:3
Critical Thinking
Logic
Ethics Elective (select one of the following):3
Ethics, Morality, and the Media
Social Responsibility and the World of Nature
Environmental Studies: Economic, Ethical and Political Perspectives
Normative Ethics: Contemporary Moral Problems
Ethics in the Workplace
Environmental Ethics
Ethical Theories
Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies
Legal Studies Electives (select three courses from the following list):9
Government Administration
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Crime and Public Policy
Alcohol, Drugs and Crime
Organized Crime
Law and Society
Community Relations in the Criminal Justice System
Contemporary Perspectives on Violence
Homeland Security Strategies
Controversial Criminal Cases
Creative Crime Control
Terrorism and Society
Courts Administration
Criminal Evidence and Procedure
Criminal Justice System Responses to Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
Economics and Public Policy Perspectives of Crime
Energy Policy
Development of Environmental Regulation
American Social and Cultural History
Constitutional History of the United States
History of America Immigration Law, 1790 to the Present
Business Law I
Introduction to Law and the American Legal System
Mock Trial Seminar
Constitutional Law
Employment Law
Legal Environment of Hospitality and Tourism
Sports and Entertainment Law
Intellectual Property Law
Digital Media Law
Marketing Law
International Business Law
Legal and Political Philosophy
Nonviolence: Theory and Practice
American Government and Political Institutions
Issues in Public Policy
International Law and Human Rights
Psychology and Law
Intersectional Critical Liberation Psychology
Gender and Human Rights: an Introduction to Transnational Feminist Activism
Major Electives (List Provided Within Cultural Studies Concentration List)9
Total Credits24

Open Electives (37-48 Credits)

Open Electives
Select 37-48 credits37-48
Total Credits37-48