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American Studies Minor

American Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 15
American studies is an interdisciplinary and comparative study of the United States as the outcome of migration, labor accumulation, land acquisition, cultural dissemination, the implantation of U.S. laws and policies, and identity formations around gender, sexuality, and race. As an interdisciplinary field, American studies brings the social sciences and humanities together.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Students may earn a BA or a minor in American studies, but not both.
Minor Courses
Other courses may be approved by the director of undergraduate studies.
Take 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AMST 3113W - Global Minnesota: Diversity in the 21st Century [DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· AMST 3114 - America in International Perspective [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMST 3117 {Inactive} [SOCS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMST 3252W - American Popular Culture and Politics: 1900 to 1940 [HIS, CIV, WI] (4.0 cr)
· AMST 3253W - American Popular Culture and Politics: 1940 to the Present [HIS, CIV, WI] (4.0 cr)
· AMST 3713 - Lands and Homelands in the American Indian Great Lakes [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMST 3920 - Topics in American Studies (1.0-5.0 cr)
· AMST 3993 - Directed Studies (1.0-9.0 cr)
· AMST 3xxx
· AMST 4301 - Workers and Consumers in the Global Economy [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMST 4xxx
· AMST 3001 - Contemporary Perspectives on Asian America [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or AAS 3001 - Contemporary Perspectives on Asian America [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMST 3003 - Public History (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 3001 - Public History (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3001 - Public History (3.0 cr)
· AMST 3752 - Chicanas and Chicanos in Contemporary Society [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or CHIC 3752 - Chicanas and Chicanos in Contemporary Society [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMST 4101 - Gender, Sexuality, and Politics in America [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or GLBT 4101 - Gender, Sexuality, and Politics in America [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
 
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AMST 3113W - Global Minnesota: Diversity in the 21st Century (DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Diverse cultural (racial, ethnic, class) groups in America. Institutions/processes that shape their relations and create domination, resistance, hybridity, nationalism, racism, alliance. Specific content may vary.
AMST 3114 - America in International Perspective (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
The nature of international cultural exchange. The impact of U.S. cultures and society on other countries of the world as well as the impact of other cultures and societies on the United States.
AMST 3252W - American Popular Culture and Politics: 1900 to 1940 (HIS, CIV, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Historical analysis of how popular arts represent issues of gender, race, consumerism, and citizenship. How popular artists define boundaries of citizenship and public life: inclusions/exclusions in polity and national identity. How popular arts reinforce/alter political ideologies.
AMST 3253W - American Popular Culture and Politics: 1940 to the Present (HIS, CIV, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Historical analysis of how popular arts represent issues of gender, race, consumerism, and citizenship. How popular artists define boundaries of citizenship and public life: inclusions/exclusions in polity and national identity. How popular arts reinforce/alter political ideologies.
AMST 3713 - Lands and Homelands in the American Indian Great Lakes (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01496
Typically offered: Every Fall
Tribes that have strong historic ties to Minnesota region, such as the Ojibwe, Dakota, and Ho-Chunk Nations. Integrity/viability of American Indian societies. Conflict of cultures that occurred with Native American and Euroamerican contact in Minnesota and the Great Lakes.
AMST 3920 - Topics in American Studies
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
AMST 3993 - Directed Studies
Credits: 1.0 -9.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Guided individual reading or study. prereq: instr consent
AMST 4301 - Workers and Consumers in the Global Economy (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Impact of global economy on workplaces/workers in the United states, Mexico, and Caribbean countries. Influence on consumption. Consequences for American culture/character. Effects on U.S./Mexican factory work, service sector, temporary working arrangements, offshore production jobs in Dominican Republic, and professional/managerial positions.
AMST 3001 - Contemporary Perspectives on Asian America (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01126 - AAS 3001/AmSt 3001
Typically offered: Every Spring
Interdisciplinary overview of Asian American identities. Post-1965 migration/community. History, cultural productions, and concerns of Americans of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, Filipino, and Southeast Asian ancestry.
AAS 3001 - Contemporary Perspectives on Asian America (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01126
Typically offered: Every Fall
Interdisciplinary overview of Asian American identities. Post-1965 migration/community. History, cultural productions, and concerns of Americans of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, Filipino, and Southeast Asian ancestry.
AMST 3003 - Public History
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01090
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Interpretations of collective past as produced in public venues, including museum exhibitions, films, theme parks, websites. Intellectual and political issues in history produced for public audiences. Career opportunities.
AMIN 3001 - Public History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01090 - AmIn 3001/AmSt 3003/Hist 3001
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Interpretations of collective past as produced in public venues, including museum exhibitions, films, theme parks, and websites. Intellectual and political issues in history produced for public audiences. Career opportunities. prereq: instr consent
HIST 3001 - Public History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01090 - AmIn 3001/AmSt 3003/Hist 3001
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Interpretations of collective past as produced in public venues, including museum exhibitions, films, theme parks, websites. Intellectual and political issues in history produced for public audiences. Career opportunities. prereq: instr consent
AMST 3752 - Chicanas and Chicanos in Contemporary Society (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02404
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to sociological analysis of theoretical/methodological approaches to Chicano/a and Latina/o communities. Socioeconomic conditions, education, cultural change, the family, gender relations, political experiences. Theories, issues, methods of sociological research. Debates regarding qualitative/quantitative research methods.
CHIC 3752 - Chicanas and Chicanos in Contemporary Society (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02404 - AmSt 3752/Chic 3752
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to sociological analysis of theoretical/methodological approaches to Chicano/a and Latina/o communities. Socioeconomic conditions, education, cultural change, the family, gender relations, political experiences. Theories, issues, methods of sociological research. Debates regarding qualitative/quantitative research methods.
AMST 4101 - Gender, Sexuality, and Politics in America (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01556
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ways public and private life intersect through the issues of gender, sexuality, family, politics, and public life; ways in which racial, ethnic, and class divisions have been manifest in the political ideologies affecting private life.
GLBT 4101 - Gender, Sexuality, and Politics in America (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01556
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ways public and private life intersect through the issues of gender, sexuality, family, politics, and public life; ways in which racial, ethnic, and class divisions have been manifest in the political ideologies affecting private life.