American Studies

Departmental Affiliation: Philosophy

What is distinctive about American culture? What issues and concerns face America in terms of the global realities of war, terrorism, international economics, poverty vs. wealth, and public policy? What values do Americans treasure? The major in American Studies provides opportunity to focus on the influences of the past and present which affect American character, experience, and institutions.

This major draws from a variety of disciplines, such as Philosophy, English, History, Business, Art, and Political Science. It provides a strong foundation for careers in law, public policy, teaching, writing, philosophy, politics, and international relations. Double majors with Philosophy, English, History, Art, or Political Science are possible and encouraged.

The principal criterion for determining whether a course is applicable to an American Studies major is that it gives insight into American thought and culture: the nation's history, social structure, politics, commerce, all that comprises The American Experience, including its reflection in literature, art, and music.

Many regularly offered courses clearly fulfill this requirement and are listed as interdisciplinary electives in the following sections. Other courses that a department may occasionally offer will also apply, with approval of the American Studies Program Director.

Interdisciplinary Requirements

A minimum of thirty-six units in American Studies is required. To ensure a wide exploration of the American Experience, at least three upper division courses must be taken in the humanities (literature, philosophy, art) and three in the social sciences (history, political science, sociology, economics).

Business

BUS 4

Business Foundations & Analysis

(3)

BUS 5

Business Law I

(3)

BUS 92

Business Ethics

(3)

BUS 106

Business Law II

(3)

BUS 133

Money, Politics and Business

(3)

BUS 140/H

Women's Issues in Business & Economics

(3)

BUS 160

Principles of Marketing

(3)

BUS 161

Principles of Advertising

(3)

BUS 184

Organizational Behavior

(3)

BUS 185

Principles of Management

(3)

BUS 194

Consumer Behavior

(3)

English

ENG 20/120

Great Works in American Literature

(3)

ENG 26

Literature of the American West

(3)

ENG 108

The News Media

(3)

ENG 126

The American Experience

(3)

ENG 129

Ethnic Literatures of America

(3)

ENG 145

American Literature: Beginnings to 1914

(3)

ENG 146

American Literature: 1914 to Present

(3)

ENG 164

American Drama

(3)

History

HIS 6/106

American Cultural History

(3)

HIS 171

The United States from Colony to Republic, 1607-1800

(3)

HIS 173

The United States in the 19th Century

(3)

HIS 175

The United States in the 20th Century

(3)

HIS 178

Diplomatic History of the U. S.

(3)

HIS 179

Constitutional History of the U. S.

(3)

HIS 180

Current Constitutional History

(3)

HIS 181

Modern Presidential History

(3)

HIS 184

Radicalism and Dissent

(3)

HIS 185A

African American History: American Slavery, 1619-1865

(3)

HIS 185B

African American History: Emancipation to the Modern Era

(3)

HIS 185C/185CH

Race and Racism in American Life and Thought

(3)

HIS 186/186H

Gender in American Life and Thought

(3)

HIS 188

California History

(3)

Philosophy

PHI 92

Intro to Business Ethics

(3)

PHI 134

American Philosophy

(3)

PHI 162

Philosophy and Native Cultures

(3)

PHI 165

Philosophy of Law

(3)

PHI 168A

Contemporary Moral Problems

(3)

PHI 168B

Bioethics

(3)

PHI 170

Social and Political Philosophy

(3)

PHI 174

Philosophy of Art

(3)

PHI 175

Philosophy of Film

(3)

PHI 176

Philosophy of Literature

(3)

PHI 179

Women and Values

(3)

Political Science

POL 1

American Government & Institutions

(3)

POL 5

Business Law

(3)

POL 93ABCD

Selected Problems and Projects in Political Science

(1-3)

POL 105

Advanced Business Law

(3)

POL 107

Criminal Law

(3)

POL 109

Individual Rights

(3)

POL 116

Democracy and Democratic Theory

(3)

POL 125

Foreign Relations of the U. S.

(3)

POL 137

Ethnic Conflict and Civil War

(3)

POL 170

American Party Politics

(3)

POL 171/H

Presidents and Personality

(3)

POL 175AB

Selected Topics in the American Political Structure

(3,3)

POL 176

Public Policy

(3)

POL 179

California Politics

(3)

POL 180

State and Local Government

(3)

POL 186

Intro to Public Administration

(3)

POL 191

Internship in Government Service

(3)

Psychology

PSY 110

Gender Issues in Psychology

(3)

PSY 128

Adulthood and Aging

(3)

PSY 139

Child Abuse and Family Violence

(3)

PSY 144

Psychology of Prejudice

(3)

PSY 145

Social Psychology

(3)

PSY 148

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

(3)

PSY 151

Divorce and Remarriage

(3)

PSY 185

Psychology of Law

(3)

PSY 186

Violence Against Women

(3)

Sociology

SOC 104

The Family

(3)

SOC 110

Juvenile Delinquency

(3)

SOC 111

Criminology

(3)

SOC 112

Medical Sociology

(3)

SOC 125

Cultural Anthropology

(3)

SOC 135

Mass Media

(3)

SOC 160

Diversity in Society

(3)

SOC 161

Dynamics of Majority-Minority Relations

(3)

SOC 175

Urban Sociology

(3)

SOC 180

Social Stratification

(3)

SOC 189

Gerontology

(3)

SOC 190

Social Change

(3)

SOC 191

Social Movements

(3)

SOC 195

Sociology of Religion

(3)

Total Units in American Studies: 36

Courses are described in the respective departmental listings.

Plus General Studies requirements and electives totaling 124 semester units, including Modern Language requirement. At least 15 upper division American Studies units must be completed at MSMC.

American Studies Minor

A minimum of six courses that meet the American Studies criteria described above.