AMERICAN  STUDIES  REQUIREMENTS  for the

MAJOR for the CLASS OF 2008

CONCENTRATION for theCLASS OF 2008

MAJOR for PRE-2008 CLASSES

CONCENTRATION for PRE-2008 CLASSES



Class of 2008


Degree Requirements for the Major in American Studies
   
A minimum of 39 points is required to complete the major

Required courses (18 points):

—  Introduction to American Studies: Major Themes in the American Experience (3 pts)
—  Introduction to American Studies: Colloquium on Theory and Method (3 pts)
—  Two seminars in American Studies (8 pts)
—  Senior Project (4 points)

American Studies Core Courses (6 points): Two of the following courses are required to complete the major. Each course must come from a different discipline. At least one of these courses must focus on the period before 1900. Students are encouraged to take more than two of these courses.

—  Foundations of American Literature I: American Literature from the Puritans to the Civil War (ENGL W3267) (3 pts)
—  Foundations of American Literature II: American Literature from the Civil War to 1945 (ENGL W3268) (3 pts)
—  U.S. Intellectual History, 1865-Present (HIST W3478) (3 pts)
—  American Beginnings (HIST W3406) or an equivalent course on pre-1900 American History (3 pts)
—  A course on nineteenth or twentieth-century American History (such as HIST W3448x America Since 1945; W3407 America Since 1960; W3431 America in the Age of Jackson (3 pts each)

Area of emphasis (15 points): In consultation with the advisor, the student will determine a series of five interrelated courses emphasizing a particular theme or period within American Studies. These courses must be drawn from at least two departments. A written statement of the intellectual rationale unifying these courses must be submitted by the end of the student's junior year.

Class of 2008

Degree Requirements for the Concentration in American Studies
   
A minimum of 24 points is required to complete the concentration

Required courses (6 points):

—  Introduction to American Studies: Major Themes in the American Experience (3 pts)
—  Introduction to American Studies: Colloquium on Theory and Method (3 pts)

American Studies Core Courses (minimum 6 points of which 3 points must be in Literature and 3 points in History):

—  Foundations of American Literature I: American Literature from the Puritans to the Civil War (ENGL W3267) (3 pts)
—  Foundations of American Literature II: American Literature from the Civil War to 1945 (ENGL W3268) (3 pts)
—  U.S. Intellectual History, 1865-Present (HIST W3478) (3 pts)
—  American Beginnings (HIST W3406) or an equivalent course on pre-1900 American History (3 pts)
—  A course on nineteenth or twentieth-century American History

Area of emphasis (12 points): In consultation with the advisor, the student will determine a series of four interrelated courses emphasizing a particular theme or period within American Studies. These courses must be drawn from at least two departments. A written statement of the intellectual rationale unifying these courses must be submitted by the end of the student's junior year. Please see above examples.

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Pre-Class of 2008


Degree Requirements for the Major in American Studies   


The major must be designed in consultation with the program director or another advisor chosen from the American Studies faculty. Students interested in the major should plan their course of study not later than the end of their sophomore year.

Courses: A minimum of 39 points is required for the completion of the major.

The core requirements are AMST W1010 Introduction to American Studies, and at least one seminar chosen from AMST W3930x or AMST W3931y Topics in American Studies. The Topics seminars are open to juniors and seniors upon application to the American Studies Program office.

In addition, students will take five courses in a single discipline (e.g., anthropology, art history, English, history, religion, etc.) OR in a thematic area of concentration (e.g., urban public culture, technology, the environment, media studies, etc.) approved by an advisor.

Majors are also encouraged to learn at least one language other than English.

In addition, American Studies majors must fulfill the following distribution requirements:
  1. At least one course each in three of the following areas, outside their disciplinary concentration:
    • Anthropology / Economics / Political Science / Sociology / Urban Studies
    • Architecture / Art History / Dance / Drama and Theater / Arts / Film Studies / Music
    • History
    • American Literature
    • Philosophy / Religion
  2. At least one course each in two of the following areas (two courses minimum to fulfill this requirement):
    • African-American Studies
    • Asian-American Studies
    • Latino(a) Studies
    • Women's and Gender Studies
    • Courses in traditional disciplines that likewise explore issues of race, ethnicity, and gender in the United States
  3. At least one course in each of the three following chronological divisions: the period before 1800; the period 1800-1900; and the period after 1900.

  4. At least one course on the role of the United States in the world, or a course that examines aspects of American culture and society from an international or comparative perspective.
Senior Research Project (Optional)

American Studies Majors with an average grade in the major at or near an A- are eligible to write a senior project by applying for admission to the Senior Honors Research Seminar (offered in Spring ’06). With your application to the seminar, you will submit a one-page description of the topic you wish to pursue, along with your transcript. Note that students who wish to be considered for departmental honors must write a senior essay.

Related Courses

That is, courses in departments or programs outside American Studies that may be used toward the Major or Concentration. Information about which of the many courses offered at Columbia each year on Americanist subjects may count towards the major can be obtained by consulting with the program director in advance of the registration period.

Pre-Class of 2008

Degree Requirements for the Concentration in American Studies
   

A minimum of 24 points is required for the concentration, including the foundational course, AMST W1010.

Students must take four courses in a single discipline (e.g., anthropology, art history, English, history, religion, etc.) OR in a thematic area of concentration (e.g., landscape and the environment, material culture, technology, urban public culture, etc.) approved by an advisor.

Beyond this area of concentration, concentrators must take at least three courseseach in a different discipline—related to American Studies and outside of the chosen disciplinary concentration (see Related Courses above).


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