Course Descriptions

AMST—401. Colloquium in American Studies 3 credits
This course is designed to explore interdisciplinary topics concerning American culture, history, and life that are not treated in traditional course offerings.The area or theme will be studied in depth and there will be an emphasis on discussion.The subject will be announced before the semester in which the colloquium is to be given.The colloquium topic and instructor must be approved by the Director of the American Studies Program.May be taken twice with different topics. (ATTR:ARTS,AMST)

AMST—450. American Studies Proseminar 3 credits
The capstone course for American Studies majors and minors. It is an intensive reading and discussion seminar that covers the development of the field of American Studies, as well as current theory and debates. AMST—450 is typically taken during the second semester of thejunior year. Permission of the Instructor is required. (ATTR:ARTS)

AMST—451 American Studies Thesis 3 credits
This is a directed research and writing course in which American Studies majors use their interdisciplinary background and their chosen themes to create an extensive, original research project.AMST—451 is typically taken during the first semester of the senior year. Permission of the Instructor is required. (ATTR:ARTS)

AMST—475. Public History 3 credits
This course considers the practice of history outside of the formal classroom. Areas of study may include, but are not limited to, museums,libraries, archives, state and national parks, historical societies, theme parks,publishing, filmmaking, archaeology, and historic preservation. (Same as HIST–475) (ATTR:ARTS) 

AMST—480. Internship in American Studies 3 credits.  Interns work in historical societies,museums, resource centers, etc. (The evaluation of such credit is made by the staff of the participating institution and the Director.) Open to second semester juniors and seniors who have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in history, including U.S. history,and who present at least a 3.0 GPA in their major and 2.9 overall.Permission of the Director of the American Studies Program is required. (Cross-listed as HIST—480).

AMST—485 Topics in Revolutionary Era History 3 credits
A study of specialized topics encompassing the Revolutionary Era from 1754 to 1815 that include: Economics of the Revolution; Education in the Colonies; Blacks in the Revolution; Free and Slave; Local History-Albany, Schenectady,Troy in the Revolution;Weapons and Tactics in the World and Revolution, 1785-1815; Colonial Women; Diplomacy in the Revolutionary Era. The specific topic is announced in the schedule of course offerings. Students may repeat the course for credit provided the selected subject matter has not been taken previously for credit. Prerequisite: HIST—203. (Cross-listed as HIST—485) (ATTR: ARTS, HAM,AMSA, HMAM)

American Studies Area Courses
This is a partial listing of courses that satisfy American Studies Areas A, B and C. New courses may not appear here. Please contact the Program Director about courses that you think may qualify for American Studies. Course descriptions for the following areas may be found under the appropriate department.  American Studies majors take at least two courses from each Area, plus one more course from any area. 

Area A
AMST—485 Topics in Revolutionary Era History
HIST—203-204 American History I & II
HIST—310 Colonial and Revolutionary U.S., 1600-1789
HIST—313 Antebellum America, 1815-1854
HIST—315 The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
HIST—320 Emergence of Modern America, 1869-1920
HIST—323 Contemporary America, Since 1920
HIST—325 United States Women’s History
HIST—327 New York State History
HIST—401 Colloquium in History(when topic is appropriate)
HIST—451-453 U.S. Social and Cultural History to/from 1877
HIST—455 The Westward Movement, 1750-1890
HIST—457 American Immigration
HIST—461 African-American History
HIST—463 U.S. Military History
HIST—465 Spanish Borderlands
HIST—390-490 Honors Seminar (when topic is appropriate)

Area B
ECON—230 Economic History of the United States
ENVA--440 Environmental Interpretation
POSC—100 Contemporary U.S. Politics
POSC—205 State and Local Government
POSC—305 Metropolitan Government
POSC—313 American Political Parties
POSC—315 U.S. Congress
POSC—320 The American Presidency
POSC—329 Special Studies in American Politics
POSC—351 U.S. Foreign Policy
POSC—370-372 Civil Liberties I & II
SOCI—120 Current Social Problems
SOCI—130 The Family
SOCI—150 American Indians
SOCI—210 Race and Ethnic Relations
 

Area C
ATDV—105 Topics in Film (when topic is appropriate)
CREA—255 American Art
CREA—256 American Music
CREA—258 American Theatre
EDUC—220 History of Education in the United States
ENGL—206 Survey of American Literature I
ENGL—207 Survey of American Literature II
ENGL—345 Early American Literature (1500-1820)
ENGL—350 American Renaissance Literature (1820-1865)
ENGL—355 Realistic Movements in American Literature (1865-1915)
ENGL—360 American Literature of the Jazz Age
ENGL—365 Atomic Literature
ENGL—368 The Literature of the War in Vietnam
ENGL—370 African American Literature
ENGL—372 Native American Literature
ENGL—374 Asian American Literature
ENGL—376 Latino/a Literature
PHIL—420 Classic American Philosophy
RELG--305 Religion in America
RELG--310 The American Evangelical Tradition
RELG--315 American Catholicism