American Studies Major

For a 30-credit major in American Studies, students complete the following:

Select one Gateway Course3
AS 0200Roots of American Culture3
AS 0399Independent Research Project3
Select five crosslisted courses housed in four different departments. 115
Select two courses minimum beyond AS 0200 and AS 0399 at the Junior/Senior/Graduate level. 1, 26
Total Credits30
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Five courses, selected in consultation with advisor, must be housed within a thematic concentration:

  • Expression and Imagination in American Culture
  • Power, Politics, and Institutions in America
  • Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in American Society
  • Gender in American Society
  • Values and Ethics in American Culture
  • America and the World
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Majors may take AS 0350 Internship (3 credits) as one of their 10 courses.

Fairfield University also offers a Master of Arts degree in American Studies. The 400-level core and elective courses in that program are available to qualified senior undergraduate American studies majors and minors with approval of the program director.

American Studies Electives

Gateway Courses

Art History
AH 0164American Art and Media Culture3
AH 0165The Black Experience: African-American Art and Criticism in the 20th and 21st Centuries3
English
EN 0105African Diaspora: Literature and Culture3
EN 0114/FR 0295Caribbean Literature: History, Culture, and Identity3
EN 0120American Women Playwrights3
EN 0121American Literature and the Environment3
EN 0122The Frontier in American Literature3
EN 0123Ethnic American Literature3
EN 0124American Literature: Myths and Legends3
EN 0125American Drama3
EN 0126American Social Protest Literature3
EN 0129American Short Story3
EN 0131Contemporary Women Writers of Color3
EN 0133The African American Literary Tradition3
EN 0170Writing the Self: Autobiography3
Film, Television, and Media Arts
FTM 0101American Cinema: History and Analysis3
FTM 0102American Television: History and Analysis3
FTM 0206American Film: Decades (Shell)3
FTM 0207IFilm Genres: The Western3
History
HI 023819th Century United States3
HI 023920th Century United States3
HI 0246Women and Gender in U.S. History3
HI 0251The American Century: The United States and the World Since 19003
HI 0253Early America to 18003
HI 0257Who Built America? Working People in America3
Music
MU 0101The History of Jazz3
MU 0102History and Development of Rock3
MU 0111The Life and Music of Gershwin, Ellington, and Porter3
MU 0112Music of Black Americans3
MU 0120The History of American Song3
Politics
PO 0011Introduction to American Politics3
PO 0115Introduction to the Study of Peace and Justice3
PO 0118American Political Thought3
PO 0119Sex, Sexuality, and Gender3
PO 0133United States Foreign Policy3
PO 0153The Politics of Race, Class, and Gender3
PO 0161The American Presidency3
Religious Studies
RS 0260Religion in the United States3
RS 0360I'm Spiritual, Not Religious: The American Spiritual Tradition3
Sociology
SO 0112American Society3
SO 0161American Class Structure3
SO 0162Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations3
SO 0166Feminism, Gender, and Everyday Life3
Theatre
TA 0120American Drama3
TA 0123American Women Playwrights3

Interdisciplinary Themes

Expression and Imagination in American Culture
AS 0201The American Intellectual Tradition3
AH 0164American Art and Media Culture3
AH 0165The Black Experience: African-American Art and Criticism in the 20th and 21st Centuries3
EN 0105African Diaspora: Literature and Culture3
EN 0114/FR 0295Caribbean Literature: History, Culture, and Identity3
EN 0120American Women Playwrights3
EN 0121American Literature and the Environment3
EN 0122The Frontier in American Literature3
EN 0123Ethnic American Literature3
EN 0124American Literature: Myths and Legends3
EN 0125American Drama3
EN 0202American Poetry3
EN 0207Contemporary American Novel3
EN 0233American Literature: 20th Century to the Present3
EN 0234American Women Writers of the 19th Century3
EN 0262The Harlem Renaissance3
EN 0263African American Women Writers3
EN 0264African American Fiction, 1940 to Present3
EN 0281Native American Literature3
EN 0282Latin@ Literature3
EN 0332American Romanticism3
EN 0333American Realism and Naturalism3
EN 0334American Modernism3
EN 0335Contemporary American Literature and Culture3
EN 0374The Woman Question: Early Feminism and 19th Century Transatlantic Literature3
EN 0375Caribbean Women Writers3
EN 0377Urban Texts and Contexts: NYC3
FTM 0101American Cinema: History and Analysis3
FTM 0102American Television: History and Analysis3
FTM 0204African American Cinema3
FTM 0206American Film: Decades (Shell)3
FTM 0207IFilm Genres: The Western3
HI 0241Examining the Sixties3
MU 0101The History of Jazz3
MU 0102History and Development of Rock3
MU 0111The Life and Music of Gershwin, Ellington, and Porter3
MU 0120The History of American Song3
MU 0132Critical Issues in American Popular Music: Blues to Hip Hop3
RS 0263New Religious Movements in America3
RS 0360I'm Spiritual, Not Religious: The American Spiritual Tradition3
SO 0166Feminism, Gender, and Everyday Life3
SP 0353Spanish-American Narrative3
TA 0120American Drama3
TA 0123American Women Playwrights3
Power, Politics, and Institutions in America
EN 0126American Social Protest Literature3
HI 023819th Century United States3
HI 023920th Century United States3
HI 0240The Personal Is Political: Women's Activism in the 1960s3
HI 0241Examining the Sixties3
HI 0242Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in U.S. History3
HI 0243American Constitutional and Legal History I: 1776-19003
HI 0244American Constitutional and Legal History II: 1900 to Present3
HI 0250America Enters the World: United States Foreign Relations, 1763-19003
HI 0251The American Century: The United States and the World Since 19003
HI 0253Early America to 18003
HI 0257Who Built America? Working People in America3
HI 0331American Revolution and the New Nation3
HI 0356History of the Cold War3
PH 0251Ethical Theories in America3
PO 0011Introduction to American Politics3
PO 0115Introduction to the Study of Peace and Justice3
PO 0118American Political Thought3
PO 0119Sex, Sexuality, and Gender3
PO 0133United States Foreign Policy3
PO 0153The Politics of Race, Class, and Gender3
PO 0155Public Administration3
PO 0161The American Presidency3
PO 0162United States Congress3
PO 0163Supreme Court3
PO 0164Supreme Court II3
PO 0165Political Parties and Interest Groups3
PO 0166American Public Policy3
PO 0169United States Environmental Politics and Policy3
PO 0170The Battle Over Family Values in American Politics3
PO 0220Seminar on Feminist Theory3
RS 0263New Religious Movements in America3
SO 0112American Society3
SO 0161American Class Structure3
SO 0162Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations3
SO 0163Urban/Suburban Sociology: NYC3
SO 0171Criminology3
SO 0175Sociology of Law3
SO 0179Death Penalty in America3
Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in American Society
AH 0164American Art and Media Culture3
AH 0165The Black Experience: African-American Art and Criticism in the 20th and 21st Centuries3
EN 0133The African American Literary Tradition3
EN 0131Contemporary Women Writers of Color3
EN 0122The Frontier in American Literature3
EN 0262The Harlem Renaissance3
EN 0263African American Women Writers3
EN 0264African American Fiction, 1940 to Present3
EN 0282Latin@ Literature3
EN 0283Asian Diasporas: Challenges to Citizenship3
EN 0281Native American Literature3
EN 0334American Modernism3
EN 0375Caribbean Women Writers3
FTM 0204African American Cinema3
HI 023819th Century United States3
HI 023920th Century United States3
HI 0241Examining the Sixties3
HI 0242Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in U.S. History3
HI 0253Early America to 18003
HI 0257Who Built America? Working People in America3
HI 0260American Indian History3
HI 0262African-American History, 1619 to 18653
HI 0263Inventing Themselves: African-American Women in U.S. History3
HI 0264African-American History, 1865 to Present3
HI 0331American Revolution and the New Nation3
HI 0335Civil War and Reconstruction3
HI 0337Race, Violence, and Punishment in the United States, 1865-19763
HI 0338The Long Black Freedom Struggle3
MU 0101The History of Jazz3
MU 0112Music of Black Americans3
MU 0132Critical Issues in American Popular Music: Blues to Hip Hop3
PO 0153The Politics of Race, Class, and Gender3
SO 0165Race, Cities, and Poverty3
SP 0353Spanish-American Narrative3
RS 0213Jews and Judaism in America3
RS 0275Islam in America3
SO 0112American Society3
SO 0162Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations3
SO 0193History of Social Welfare3
Gender in American Society
EN 0120American Women Playwrights3
EN 0122The Frontier in American Literature3
EN 0131Contemporary Women Writers of Color3
EN 0234American Women Writers of the 19th Century3
EN 0263African American Women Writers3
EN 0282Latin@ Literature3
EN 0374The Woman Question: Early Feminism and 19th Century Transatlantic Literature3
EN 0375Caribbean Women Writers3
FTM 0207IFilm Genres: The Western3
HI 0240The Personal Is Political: Women's Activism in the 1960s3
HI 0245Feminism in the United States3
HI 0246Women and Gender in U.S. History3
HI 0247Family and Sexuality in U.S. History3
HI 0257Who Built America? Working People in America3
HI 0263Inventing Themselves: African-American Women in U.S. History3
MU 0101The History of Jazz3
PO 0119Sex, Sexuality, and Gender3
PO 0153The Politics of Race, Class, and Gender3
PO 0170The Battle Over Family Values in American Politics3
PO 0220Seminar on Feminist Theory3
SO 0142Sociology of the Family3
SO 0161American Class Structure3
SO 0162Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations3
SO 0166Feminism, Gender, and Everyday Life3
SO 0169Women: Work and Sport3
SO 0193History of Social Welfare3
TA 0123American Women Playwrights3
Values and Ethics in American Culture
AS 0200Roots of American Culture3
EN 0121American Literature and the Environment3
EN 0122The Frontier in American Literature3
EN 0126American Social Protest Literature3
HI 0237American Prophetic Tradition3
HI 0257Who Built America? Working People in America3
HI 0260American Indian History3
HI 0338The Long Black Freedom Struggle3
PH 0211American Philosophy3
PH 0251Ethical Theories in America3
PO 0115Introduction to the Study of Peace and Justice3
PO 0153The Politics of Race, Class, and Gender3
PO 0169United States Environmental Politics and Policy3
PO 0170The Battle Over Family Values in American Politics3
RS 0213Jews and Judaism in America3
RS 0249American Catholic Theologians3
RS 0263New Religious Movements in America3
RS 0360I'm Spiritual, Not Religious: The American Spiritual Tradition3
SO 0142Sociology of the Family3
SO 0151Sociology of Religion3
SO 0165Race, Cities, and Poverty3
SO 0175Sociology of Law3
SO 0179Death Penalty in America3
SO 0193History of Social Welfare3
SO 0279Criminal Justice System Seminar3
America and the World
EN 0105African Diaspora: Literature and Culture3
EN 0114/FR 0295Caribbean Literature: History, Culture, and Identity3
EN 0123Ethnic American Literature3
EN 0282Latin@ Literature3
EN 0283Asian Diasporas: Challenges to Citizenship3
EN 0375Caribbean Women Writers3
HI 0242Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in U.S. History3
HI 0250America Enters the World: United States Foreign Relations, 1763-19003
HI 0251The American Century: The United States and the World Since 19003
HI 0253Early America to 18003
HI 0356History of the Cold War3
HI 0367East Asia in 20th-Century American Wars3
PO 0133United States Foreign Policy3
PO 0220Seminar on Feminist Theory3
RS 0275Islam in America3
SO 0151Sociology of Religion3
SO 0162Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations3
SP 0353Spanish-American Narrative3