The American Studies minor is a path to studying the United States and its borderlands across a range of disciplines and departments in Dyson College. Designed to enrich and to be compatible with any major, the minor provides a cultural studies framework for understanding national ideals as well as contradictions through elective coursework in the areas of American Arts and American Publics. With an American Studies minor, you prove your skill at critical analysis, your commitment to place-based knowledge, and your capacity to lead much-needed conversations about social equality.
Contact the American Studies program director, Professor Stephanie Hsu, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information and a list of eligible elective courses, updated every semester.
Create Your Own Path of Study
Total Required Credits: 15
One required course: AMS 102 Introduction to American Studies (3 credits).
A seminar on the keywords of American Studies, a knowledge field about the ongoing formation of the United States and its borderlands that seeks interdisciplinary answers to the problems framing our nation. In this introductory course, students compose cultural case studies of their own design and learn the power of civil discourse.
Students take an additional four elective courses (12 credits) from a variety of departments. Follow your own interdisciplinary path through one or both of the following areas:
Classes in the American Arts encourage students to explore creative, aesthetic, and expressive forms of place-based knowledge in the U.S. and its borderlands. Choose from elective courses such as Architectural History of NYC; Literature & Culture of Puerto Rico; Queer Cinema; and more options in Anthropology, Art, Film, Literature, Modern Languages & Cultures: Spanish, and Performing Arts.
Classes about American Publics encourage students to analyze the role of political institutions, social structures, and collective cultural practices in generating knowledge about national identity. Choose from elective courses such as Native & Indigenous Peoples Studies; Citizen Journalism; Sports Economics; and more options in Communications, Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Science, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s & Gender Studies.