Students are required to take four lower-division courses relevant to the major. A minimum grade of "C" is required in all lower-division courses taken for the major. The lower-division requirement consists of American Studies 10: Introduction to American Studies (4 units), plus three courses from the following list of courses, with no more than two courses from any one department. (This list is subject to annual review and revision.)
NOTE: Appropriate courses taken at other universities can be substituted with advisor approval of the Major Approval form.
Students declaring April 2006 or later need to have completed any two of the four lower-division requirements before declaring. (You are not required to have completed AS 10 before declaring, but are encouraged to complete this requirement as soon as possible after declaring. If you complete American Studies 10 prior to declaring American Studies as your major and earn less than a grade of "C," you must retake American Studies 10 before declaring.)
American Studies 10 (or 10AC when offered), Introduction to American Studies
(4 units) This course explores American culture and cultural change, with attention to the multicultural basis of American society and emphasis on the need for multiple methods of analysis. The course will consistently draw on the arts, material culture, and various fields affecting cultural production and meaning. Those areas include literature, film, history, architecture, history of art, religion, music, engineering, environmental studies, anthropology, politics, economics, law, and medicine.
NOTE: This is the one lower-division requirement for which courses taken at other universities cannot be substituted.