Undergraduate Bulletin

Fall 2016

Requirements for the Major and Minor in American Studies

Requirements for the Major in American Studies (AMR)

The major in American Studies leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Except where noted, all courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Eighteen credits for the major must be earned in courses numbered 300 or higher.

Completion of the major requires 39 credits.

A. Core Courses

  1. AMR 101 Local and Global: National Boundaries and World-Systems
  2. AMR 102 Making American Identities
  3. AMR 301 Ethnicity and Race in American History
  4. AMR 401 Senior Seminar in American Studies

B. Study of Another Language

Six credits (or the equivalent of two semesters) of an intermediate-level language other than English appropriate to the student's intended concentration, to be chosen in consultation with the undergraduate director. All coursework taken to satisfy this requirement must be passed with a letter grade of C- or higher.

C. Concentration Requirement

Students must take five courses from one of the following groups, and two additional courses from any other of the groups. At least 12 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Arts in Societies

  • AFH 206 Great Books of the Black Experience
  • AFH 385/HUF 385 French Caribbean Literature
  • AFH 386/HUF 386 Caribbean and American Connection in Literature
  • AFH 249/EGL 249 African American Literature and Music in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • AFH 329, AFH 300 Pan-African Literature I, II
  • AFH 339/ARH 329 Arts of the African Diaspora
  • AFS 463, AFS 464 The Media and Black America I, II
  • CLT 235 American Pluralism in Film and Literature
  • CLT 320 Multicultural Experience in American Literature
  • EGL 217,EGL 218 American Literature I, II
  • EGL 226 Contemporary American Literature: 1945 to the Present
  • EGL 320 Literature of the 20th Century
  • EGL 367 Contemporary African American Literature
  • EGL 369 Topics in Ethnic Studies in Literature
  • EGL 378 Contemporary Native American Fiction
  • EGL 379 Native American Texts and Contexts
  • HIS 361 American History/American Film
  • HUI 333/EGL 333 The Italian American Experience in Literature
  • HUI 338 Images of Italian Americans in Film
  • HUS 271 United States Latino Literature and Culture
  • HUS 390 Latin American Cinema
  • MUS 320 U.S. Popular Music
  • MUS 304 Contemporary Traditions in American Music: 1900 to the Present
  • MUS 308 History of Jazz
  • MUS 310 Music and Culture of the 1960s

American Peoples

  • AFS 239 Introduction to the Caribbean Experience
  • AFS 240 Issues in Caribbean Society
  • AFS 395/ANT 395 Religions of the Caribbean
  • ANT 201 Peoples of South America
  • ANT 353 Archaeological Analysis and Interpretation
  • ANT 362 Long Island Archaeology
  • ANT 385 Prehistoric Peoples of the Americas
  • HIS 389 Modern Mexico
  • HIS 421, HIS 422 Colloquia in Latin American History
  • HUS 254 Latin America Today
  • HUS 261 Latin American Literature
  • LAC 200 Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • LIN 200 Language in the United States
  • LIN 307 Sociolinguistics
  • POL 214 Modern Latin America
  • POL 382 Politics and Political Change in Latin America
  • SOC 364 Sociology of Latin America
  • SPN 392 The Culture and Civilization of Spanish America
  • SPN 395, SPN 396 Introduction to Spanish American Literature I, II
  • SPN 405 Issues in Hispanic Cultural Studies
  • SPN 415 Hispanic Cultures in Contact
  • SPN 420 Topics in Spanish and Latin American Cinema
  • SPN 435 Topics in Latin American Literature from the Colonial Period to the Present

History and Politics

  • AFS 325/HIS 325 The Civil Rights Movement
  • AFS 372 African-American Political Thought
  • AFS 375 Slavery
  • HIS 103 American History to 1877
  • HIS 104 United States Since 1877
  • HIS 213 Colonial Latin America
  • HIS 214/POL 214 Modern Latin America
  • HIS 216/POL 216 History of U.S.-Latin American Relations
  • HIS 250 The Second World War, 1939-1945
  • HIS 262 American Colonial Society
  • HIS 326 History of Popular Culture
  • HIS 362 Making Peace with the Sixties
  • HIS 365 Environmental History of North America
  • HIS 369 American Social History to 1860
  • HIS 370 U.S. Social History, 1860-1930
  • HIS 396 Topics in U.S. History
  • HIS 411 to HIS 414 Colloquia in American History
  • POL 102 Introduction to American Government
  • POL 320 Constitutional Law and Politics: United States
  • POL 324 American Politics Parties and Pressure Groups
  • POL 325 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • POL 326 Politics of New York State
  • POL 327 Urban Politics
  • POL 328 Criminal Law
  • POL 344 American Political Ideology and Public Opinion
  • POL 367 Mass Media in American Politics

Ethnicity, Race, Gender, and Philosophy

D. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

All students are required to write a term paper for AMR 301, which is evaluated by the instructor for its evidence of upper-division writing ability. Students whose writing is judged satisfactory will have fulfilled the upper-division writing requirement. AMR 301 also satisfies the Stony Brook Curriculum learning objective WRTD. Students who do not fulfill the require­ment in AMR 301 must submit to the major advisor, no later than the first semester of the senior year, a portfolio of papers written for subsequent upper-division courses taken for the major and must achieve an evaluation of satisfactory on the portfolio. Students who do not fulfill the WRTD require­ment in AMR 301 should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with  university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.


1. Only three credits of AMR 447 Directed Readings, AMR 487 Independent Research, or AMR 488 Internship may be used to satisfy major requirements.

2. Students should consider the pre­requisites to upper-division courses for the major when choosing elective and D.E.C. courses.

3. Other relevant courses, including special topics courses offered by other departments, may be substituted for major requirements with permission of the undergraduate director.

The Minor in American Studies

Interdisciplinary in nature, the minor in American Studies is designed especially for students who wish to add a variety of American perspectives and an overview of American culture to the development of their majors. Students are encouraged to approach American Studies from the perspective of their major. Beyond the four required courses, the minor is organized around the student's interest in a particular area of American Studies. At least 12 of the 21 credits required for the minor must be taken at Stony Brook. The specific distribution of credits should be determined in consultation with the undergraduate director.

Requirements for the Minor in American Studies (AMR)

All courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Students should consider the prerequisites to upper-division courses for the minor when choosing elective and D.E.C. courses.

Completion of the minor in American Studies requires 21 credits.

1. AMR 101 Local and Global: National Boundaries and World-Systems
2. AMR 102 Making American Identities
3. AMR 301 Ethnicity and Race in American History
4. AMR 401 Senior Seminar in American Studies
5. Three additional courses selected from the approved list of courses (available from the undergraduate director) at the 300 or 400 level, chosen in consultation with the program advisor.

Declaration of the Minor

Students must declare the American Studies minor no later than the middle of their junior year, at which time they must consult with the program advisor and plan their course of study for fulfillment of the requirements.