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Following is a comprehensive list of courses that may fulfill American Studies Program requirements.  Please check the current Schedule of Classes for a listing of the courses offered this semester.

20100: American Studies I
An introduction to the field of American Studies through a variety of primary texts (literature, painting, music, films and photographs, orations, legal documents) and through interdisciplinary readings that focus on methodological, critical, and historical issues. 3 HR./WK., 3 CR.

20200: American Studies II
The second of the two required core courses in American Studies builds upon the skills developed in American Studies I through its consideration of urban theory, urban social investigation, urban history, and urban literature. It gives special emphasis to the cultural and social history of New York City (in the context of other  urban cultures) from the 18th century to the present. 3 HR./WK., 3 CR.

21200: The Built Environment of New York City

28000: Postwar Art in the U.S. and Europe

28900: New York as an Art Center

29200: Women and Art in New York City

20100: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

22800: Anthropology of Urban Areas

24800: Field Work Methods in Cultural Anthropology

24800: Field Work Methods in Cultural Anthropology

25400: American Cultural Patterns

27300: Black English: Structure and Use

36000: Representative Writers of the United States: Early 
American Literature

36100: Representative Writers of the United States: The
Nineteenth Century

36200: Representative Writers of the United States: The
Twentieth Century

36201: Twentieth Century American Poetry

36202: American Literature Since World War II

37001: African-American Literature in America:
A Historical Survey

37004: African-American Fiction

33100: Early America: From Settlement to Great Awakening

33200: The Era of the American Revolution

33000: The New Nation: Slave and Free, 1783–1877

33400: The Era of the Civil War and Reconstruction: 1840–1877

33500: The Response to Industrialization to 1917

33600: The United States in the Twentieth Century

36200: Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life

36400: The History of American Labor

26500: African-American History from Emancipation
to the Present

36600: The American Women’s Movement

36700: American Urban History

36800: A Social History of American Architecture

37000: The American Legal Tradition

37100: History of American Foreign Relations

37200: Progressivism and Radicalism in 20th Century America

37500: The Mass Media in Recent American History

38000: The Writing of American History

38600: The American Health Care system

Latin-American and Latino Studies
12100: Puerto-Rican Heritage: Pre- Columbian to 1898

12200: Puerto-Rican Heritage: 1898 to Present

12600: Hispanics in the United States:  Migration and

24500: Jazz History I: From the Beginning to WW II

27104: Latin Popular Music

34500: Jazz History II: From WW II to the Present

Political Science
20800: American Political Thought I: 1620–1865

20900: American Political Thought II: 1865–Present

21000: Urban Politics

21100: New York Politics

21200: Constitutional Law I: The Federal System

21300: Constitutional Law II: Individual Liberties

21600: Political Parties and Interest Groups

21700: Mass Media and Politics

22000: The Judiciary

22100: The Congress

22200: The Presidency

22300: United States Foreign Policy Sociology

25100: Urban Sociology

25200: Ethnic Minority Groups

22700: Ethnic Families in the United States

29000: Immigration

In addition to the electives described above, students will take a senior
seminar (40000 level) in American Studies, offered by the English
Department or the History department. In an Independent Study (31000) with an American Studies faculty member, the student will write a substantial research paper on a topic related to the individual plan of study.

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