Major program: The American Studies Program recommends that freshmen and sophomores considering the major enroll in one of the following survey courses:  Colonial America (HIST237), The Long 19th Century in the United States (HIST239), American Literature from the Colonial Period to the Civil War (ENGL203), American Literature 1865−1945 (ENGL204), The U.S. in the Twentieth Century (HIST240), The Sixties (AMST251), Rebellion and Representation: Art in North America to 1867 (ARHA270), Art and the American Identity (ARHA271), and Introduction to American Studies (AMST225).

Junior core courses constitute the foundational base for the major. Colonialism and Its Consequences in the Americas (AMST200) and one junior colloquium are required of every major. Along with the junior core courses and a senior seminar, a major program includes seven upper-level electives that focus on the culture of the Americas. The heart of each major's program consists of a cluster of four courses among those electives that forms an area of concentration.

Sample Courses: Comparative Race and Ethnicity; Postcolonialism and Globalization; Hymnody in the United States Before the Civil War; Television Storytelling: The Conditions of Narrative Complexity, and Christianity and Sexuality.

Number of Professors: 10

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Title: Faculty Spotlight
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Claire Potter

Professor of History,Professor of American Studies


Research Interests: The impact of historical writing about race and citizenship on nationalist discourse in the United States; the federal campaigns against pornography initiated in the Carter, Reagan and first Bush administrations; Politics and Culture of the Southern States; post Stonewall queer political thought.