Discontinued Program - American Studies

Program:
American Studies
Program Code:
5639 American Studies
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Start Term:
FS04
End Term:
FS09
Department:
Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures

Undergraduate Programs
American Studies

Maria Bruno, Director

Established in 1967, the American Studies program at Michigan State University offers the opportunity to examine American culture in all its diversity from an interdisciplinary perspective. We encourage our students to combine disciplines by drawing upon the resources of the entire university and using methods from literacy, historical and cultural studies, as well as sociology and political science. Because of the program's flexibility, students may pursue their intellectual interests in areas as diverse as history, women’s studies, ethnomusicology, film studies, literature, ethnic studies, material culture, television, and visual arts. Concentrations in popular culture, global and cultural studies, and entertainment studies are available.

American Studies majors are encouraged to work with faculty from a variety of disciplines and departments. The Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures administers the major. The American Studies Advisory Board, which oversees the program, also includes faculty from History, English, Music, the Michigan State University Museum, and James Madison College. The American Studies major is grounded in a set of required core courses that includes cultural studies, U.S. history, and American literature. The program encourages studies of American culture that stretch beyond the geographic borders of the United States. American Studies courses can be taken as part of Study Abroad programs already established or under development. We also encourage students to think about their academic pursuits in the context of their communities, forging links between what they do in the classroom or library and what is going on beyond the campus.

American Studies provides rigorous training for professional careers. Students will obtain an excellent background in techniques of historical and literary research and analysis, and cultivate writing skills necessary for graduate school, journalism, corporate research, law school, non-governmental organizations, and education. American Studies is also a diverse and well-rounded degree for students seeking careers in museums, libraries, advertising, politics, public relations, and community service.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Studies

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the  Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the American Studies major is met by completing American Studies 300. That course is referenced in item 3.a. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major (32 credits):
                 
  a. All of the following courses (14 credits):  
    AMS 200 Introduction to American Studies 4
    AMS 300 Writing Media Cultures (W) 4
    AMS 330 Theories of American Studies 3
    AMS 492 Seminar in American Studies 3
  b. Complete one of the following concentrations (9 or 10 credits):  
    Popular Culture  
    (1) Both of the following courses (7 credits):  
      AMS 210 Introduction to Popular Culture 4
      AMS 340 Digital Popular Culture 3
    (2) One of the following courses (3 credits):  
      AMS 320 Gender and Popular Culture 3
      AMS 350 Narrative and Genre in Popular Culture 3
      AMS 360 Ethnicity and Identity in Global Popular Culture 3
      AMS 450 Major Themes in Popular Culture 3
    Global and Cultural Studies  
    (1) Both of the following courses (6 credits):  
      AMS 285 Ethnicity and Identity in American Culture 3
      AMS 365 Transcultural Perspectives 3
    (2) One of the following courses (3 credits):  
      AMS 320 Gender and Popular Culture 3
      AMS 360 Ethnicity and Identity in Global Popular Culture 3
      AMS 465 Major Themes in Ethnicity and Identity in American  3
            and Global Culture  
    Entertainment Studies  
    (1) Both of the following courses (7 credits):  
      AMS 150 The Entertainment Society 4
      AMS 361 Analyzing American Media Culture 3
    (2) One of the following courses (3 credits):  
      AMS 270 Comics and Animation in America 3
      AMS 340 Digital Popular Culture 3
      AMS 461 Major Themes in Entertainment Culture 3
  c. Complete an additional 9 or 10 credits of American Studies courses as approved by the director of undergraduate American Studies.  

Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

NOTE: Degree Navigator is an advising tool only and should not be viewed as a contract with the student. Any questions about the requirements should be directed to an academic advisor.


American Studies, BA (5639)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS17

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
MTH3: 2 courses
At least 2 courses from MTH103, MTH101, MTH102

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - American Studies - Introduction
Major - American Studies - Introduction: 1 course from AMS200

Requirement 12: Major - American Studies - Culture - Tier II Writing
Major - American Studies - Culture - Tier II Writing: 1 course from AMS300

Requirement 13: Major - American Studies - Theories
Major - American Studies - Theories: 1 course from AMS330

Requirement 14: Major - American Studies - Capstone
Major - American Studies - Capstone: 1 course from AMS492

Requirement 15: Major - American Studies - Concentration
Major - American Studies - Concentration: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
Entertainment Studies: 3 courses
At least 2 courses from AMS150, AMS361
At least 1 course from AMS270, AMS340, AMS461
Popular Culture: 3 courses
At least 2 courses from AMS210, AMS340
At least 1 course from AMS320, AMS350, AMS360, AMS450
Global/Cultural Studies: 3 courses
At least 2 courses from AMS285, AMS365
At least 1 course from AMS320, AMS360, AMS465

Requirement 16: Major - American Studies - Required Electives
Major - American Studies - Required Electives: 9 credits from American Studies courses as approved by the director of undergraduate American Studies.

Requirement 17: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.

Requirement 18: College - Arts and Letters - Second Language
College - Arts and Letters - Second Language: 1 course from a second year foreign language course demonstrating competency in a foreign language.

Requirement 19: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 20: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.