American Studies Minor

For a 15-credit minor in American Studies, students complete the following:

AMST 2201Roots of American Culture3
Select one gateway course from the list below3
Select three additional elective courses from the list below 19
Total Credits15

Fairfield University also offers a Master of Arts degree in American Studies. The 5000-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

AHST 1164American Art and Media Culture3
AHST 1165African-American Art3
ENGL 1140Caribbean Literature: History, Culture, and Identity3
ENGL 1200American Women Playwrights3
ENGL 1210American Literature and the Environment3
ENGL 1220The Frontier in American Literature3
ENGL 1230Ethnic American Literature3
ENGL 1240American Literature: Myths and Legends3
ENGL 1250American Drama3
ENGL 1260American Social Protest Literature3
ENGL 1290American Short Story3
ENGL 1310Contemporary Women Writers of Color3
ENGL 1330African American Literary Tradition3
ENGL 1700Writing the Self: Autobiography3
FTMA 1101American Cinema History3
FTMA 1102American Television History3
FTMA 2206American Film: Decades3
FTMA 2207Film Genres (depending on genre)3
HIST 223920th Century United States3
HIST 2246Women and Gender in U.S. History3
HIST 2251The American Century: The United States and the World Since 19003
HIST 2253Early America to 18003
HIST 2257Who Built America? Working People in America3
MUSC 1101The History of Jazz3
MUSC 1102History and Development of Rock3
MUSC 1112Music of Black Americans3
MUSC 1120History of American Song3
POLI 1101Introduction to American Politics3
POLI 2104American Presidency3
POLI 2120Politics of Care3
POLI 2331Introduction to Peace and Justice3
POLI 2333American Political Thought3
POLI 2334Sex, Sexuality, and Gender3
POLI 2336Politics of Race, Class, and Gender3
POLI 2476United States Foreign Policy3
RLST 1601Religion in the United States3
RLST 2660I'm Spiritual, Not Religious: The American Spiritual Tradition3
SOCI 1110American Society3
SOCI 1130Feminism, Gender, and Everyday Life3
SOCI 1135Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations3
SOCI 2100American Class Structure3
THTR 1200American Women Playwrights3
THTR 1250American Drama3

Interdisciplinary Themes

Expression and Imagination in American Culture
AHST 1164American Art and Media Culture3
AHST 1165African-American Art3
ENGL 1140Caribbean Literature: History, Culture, and Identity3
ENGL 1200American Women Playwrights3
ENGL 1210American Literature and the Environment3
ENGL 1220The Frontier in American Literature3
ENGL 1230Ethnic American Literature3
ENGL 1240American Literature: Myths and Legends3
ENGL 1250American Drama3
ENGL 2002American Poetry3
ENGL 2031Early American Literature3
ENGL 2033American Women Writers of the 19th Century3
ENGL 2043American Literature: 20th Century to the Present3
ENGL 2062The Harlem Renaissance3
ENGL 2063African American Women Writers3
ENGL 2064African American Fiction, 1940 to Present3
ENGL 2081Native American Literature3
ENGL 2082Latinx Literature3
ENGL 3032American Romanticism3
ENGL 3033American Realism and Naturalism3
ENGL 3034American Modernism3
ENGL 3035Contemporary American Literature and Culture3
ENGL 3074The Woman Question: Early Feminism and 19th Century Transatlantic Literature3
ENGL 3075Caribbean Women Writers3
ENGL 3077Urban Texts and Contexts: NYC3
FTMA 1101American Cinema History3
FTMA 1102American Television History3
FTMA 2204African American Cinema3
FTMA 2206American Film: Decades3
FTMA 2207Film Genres (depending on genre)3
MUSC 1101The History of Jazz3
MUSC 1102History and Development of Rock3
MUSC 1120History of American Song3
MUSC 1132Critical Issues in American Popular Music: Blues to Hip Hop3
PHIL 2267(De)Colonizing the Human3
RLST 1667Mormonism: An American Church3
RLST 2660I'm Spiritual, Not Religious: The American Spiritual Tradition3
SOCI 1130Feminism, Gender, and Everyday Life3
SPAN 4353Spanish-American Narrative3
THTR 1200American Women Playwrights3
THTR 1250American Drama3
Power, Politics, and Institutions in America
ENGL 1260American Social Protest Literature3
HIST 223920th Century United States3
HIST 2240The Personal Is Political: Women's Activism in the 1960s3
HIST 2242Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in U.S. History3
HIST 2244American Constitutional and Legal History II: 1900 to Present3
HIST 2251The American Century: The United States and the World Since 19003
HIST 2253Early America to 18003
HIST 2257Who Built America? Working People in America3
HIST 3331American Revolution and the New Nation3
HIST 3356History of the Cold War3
PHIL 2251Ethical Theories in America3
POLI 1101Introduction to American Politics3
POLI 2103Public Administration3
POLI 2104American Presidency3
POLI 2105United States Congress3
POLI 2106Supreme Court I3
POLI 2107Supreme Court II3
POLI 2108Political Parties and Interest Groups3
POLI 2109American Public Policy3
POLI 2112United States Environmental Politics and Policy3
POLI 2120Politics of Care3
POLI 2331Introduction to Peace and Justice3
POLI 2333American Political Thought3
POLI 2334Sex, Sexuality, and Gender3
POLI 2336Politics of Race, Class, and Gender3
POLI 2476United States Foreign Policy3
POLI 4301The Battle Over Family Values in American Politics3
POLI 4302Seminar on Feminist Theory3
RLST 1667Mormonism: An American Church3
SOCI 1110American Society3
SOCI 1135Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations3
SOCI 1140Urban/Suburban Sociology: NYC3
SOCI 2100American Class Structure3
SOCI 2200Criminology3
SOCI 2210Sociology of Law3
SOCI 2215Death Penalty in America3
Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in American Society
AHST 1164American Art and Media Culture3
AHST 1165African-American Art3
BLST 1101Black Lives Matter3
ENGL 1220The Frontier in American Literature3
ENGL 1310Contemporary Women Writers of Color3
ENGL 1330African American Literary Tradition3
ENGL 2031Early American Literature3
ENGL 2043American Literature: 20th Century to the Present3
ENGL 2062The Harlem Renaissance3
ENGL 2063African American Women Writers3
ENGL 2064African American Fiction, 1940 to Present3
ENGL 2081Native American Literature3
ENGL 2082Latinx Literature3
ENGL 2083Asian Diasporas: Challenges to Citizenship3
ENGL 3034American Modernism3
ENGL 3075Caribbean Women Writers3
FTMA 2204African American Cinema3
HIST 223920th Century United States3
HIST 2242Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in U.S. History3
HIST 2253Early America to 18003
HIST 2257Who Built America? Working People in America3
HIST 2262African-American History, 1619 to 18653
HIST 2263Inventing Themselves: African-American Women in U.S. History3
HIST 2264African-American History, 1865 to Present3
HIST 3331American Revolution and the New Nation3
HIST 3335Civil War and Reconstruction3
POLI 2336Politics of Race, Class, and Gender3
MUSC 1101The History of Jazz3
MUSC 1112Music of Black Americans3
MUSC 1132Critical Issues in American Popular Music: Blues to Hip Hop3
POLI 2334Sex, Sexuality, and Gender3
POLI 2336Politics of Race, Class, and Gender3
RLST 1667Mormonism: An American Church3
RLST 2113Jews and Judaism in America3
RLST 2760Islam in America3
SOCI 1110American Society3
SOCI 1135Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations3
SOCI 2110Race, Cities, and Poverty3
SOCI 2410History of Social Welfare3
Gender in American Society
BLST 1101Black Lives Matter3
ENGL 1200American Women Playwrights3
ENGL 1220The Frontier in American Literature3
ENGL 1310Contemporary Women Writers of Color3
ENGL 2033American Women Writers of the 19th Century3
ENGL 2063African American Women Writers3
ENGL 2082Latinx Literature3
ENGL 3074The Woman Question: Early Feminism and 19th Century Transatlantic Literature3
ENGL 3075Caribbean Women Writers3
FTMA 2207Film Genres (depending on genre)3
HIST 2240The Personal Is Political: Women's Activism in the 1960s3
HIST 2245Feminism in the United States3
HIST 2246Women and Gender in U.S. History3
HIST 2247Family and Sexuality in U.S. History3
HIST 2257Who Built America? Working People in America3
HIST 2264African-American History, 1865 to Present3
MUSC 1101The History of Jazz3
POLI 2334Sex, Sexuality, and Gender3
POLI 2336Politics of Race, Class, and Gender3
POLI 4301The Battle Over Family Values in American Politics3
POLI 4302Seminar on Feminist Theory3
SOCI 1115Sociology of the Family3
SOCI 1130Feminism, Gender, and Everyday Life3
SOCI 1135Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations3
SOCI 2100American Class Structure3
SOCI 2115Women: Work and Sport3
SOCI 2410History of Social Welfare3
Values and Ethics in American Culture
BLST 1101Black Lives Matter3
ENGL 1210American Literature and the Environment3
ENGL 1220The Frontier in American Literature3
ENGL 1260American Social Protest Literature3
HIST 2237American Prophetic Tradition3
HIST 2257Who Built America? Working People in America3
PHIL 2251Ethical Theories in America3
POLI 2112United States Environmental Politics and Policy3
POLI 2120Politics of Care3
POLI 2331Introduction to Peace and Justice3
POLI 2336Politics of Race, Class, and Gender3
POLI 4301The Battle Over Family Values in American Politics3
RLST 1667Mormonism: An American Church3
RLST 2113Jews and Judaism in America3
RLST 2649American Catholic Theologians3
RLST 2660I'm Spiritual, Not Religious: The American Spiritual Tradition3
RLST 2663New Religious Movements in America3
SOCI 1115Sociology of the Family3
SOCI 1125Sociology of Religion3
SOCI 2110Race, Cities, and Poverty3
SOCI 2210Sociology of Law3
SOCI 2215Death Penalty in America3
SOCI 2220Criminal Justice System Seminar3
SOCI 2410History of Social Welfare3
America and the World
ENGL 1140Caribbean Literature: History, Culture, and Identity3
ENGL 1230Ethnic American Literature3
ENGL 2082Latinx Literature3
ENGL 2083Asian Diasporas: Challenges to Citizenship3
ENGL 3075Caribbean Women Writers3
HIST 2242Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in U.S. History3
HIST 2251The American Century: The United States and the World Since 19003
HIST 2253Early America to 18003
HIST 3367East Asia in 20th-Century American Wars3
POLI 2476United States Foreign Policy3
POLI 4302Seminar on Feminist Theory3
RLST 2760Islam in America3
SOCI 1125Sociology of Religion3
SOCI 1135Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations3