University of Dayton
Academic Catalog 2014-15

American Studies

In this interdisciplinary program, students take courses in their choice of 11 fields, thereby learning the skills of integrating, coordinating and making connections. The program, one of over 300 nationwide, is most appropriate for those whose interests encompass several traditional majors.

American Studies Committee

Donald L. Pair (Office of the Dean), Interim Program Director
 

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in American Studies (AMS) Minimum 124 Hours

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
West and the World
Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies
Intro To Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics3
Social Science3
Arts3
Natural Sciences 47
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3

1

Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, orENG 200H, by placement.

3

Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.

4

Must include two different disciplines and accompanying lab.




Liberal Studies Curriculum
Creative and Performing Arts (May include CAP Arts)3
L2 Proficiency (Proficiency in a language other than English)0-11
Literature (May include CAP Components)3
Mathematics, excluding MTH 205 (Satisfies CAP Mathematics)3
Natural Sciences (Satisfies CAP Natural Science)11
Social Sciences (Includes CAP Social Science)12

Major Requirements48
AMS 300American Cultures (Satifies CAP Inquiry)3
AMS 301Interpretations of American Culture3
AMS 400Interdisciplinary Research (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3
First Area Courses:
Select five courses from either group A, B, or C15
Select three supporting courses from the elected discipline9
Second Area Courses:
Select three courses from one of the two remaining groups9
Third Area Courses:
Select two courses from the remaining group6
Groups:
Group A
(May include CAP Arts)
Survey of American Literature
Contemporary Poetry 1
Contemporary Fiction 1
Contemporary Drama 1
Science Fiction
Studies in Popular Fiction
Short Story 1
Studies in Film 1
Studies in Literature & Film 1
African American Literature
Studies in Folklore
American Indian Literature
Studies in Literature 1
Tragic Dilemma 1
American Romanticism
American Realism & Naturalism
20th Century American Literature
Introduction to Linguistics
Research Seminar-Literature 1
History of American Music
African-American Sacred Music
History of American Jazz
Development of American Popular Song
Music in Film
History of the American Musical
Twentieth-Century Music 1
Nineteenth Century Art I
Modernisms in Art
History of Photography II
PostColonial and Global Art Histories
Special Problems 1
Group B
(May include CAP Advanced Study in History, Philosophy and Religious Studies)
Environmental History of the Americas
History of Science, Technology & the Modern Corporation
History of American Aviation
Sex, Race & Science
American Gender & Women's History
History of the American Family
American Urban History
U.S. Legal & Constitutional History I
U.S. Legal & Constitutional History II
American Films as History
Civil War & Reconstruction
Economic & Business History of the United States
History of Religion in America
American Military History
Ireland & America
History of US Foreign Relations
Social & Cultural History of the United States
Contemporary American History
Global Immigration
Native American History
The Atlantic World, 1492-1800
American Architectural History & Preservation
African American History before 1877
History of Blacks in the United States Since 1900
Seminar in Histography
Internship
Topics in History 1
Philosophy & Women
Social Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Law
Ethics & Modern War
Family Ethics
Philosophy of Art
Philosophy & Literature
Science, Objectivity & Values
Technology & Values
Special Problems in Philosophy 1
American Philosophy
Protestant Christianity
United States Religious Experience
United States Catholic Experience
Current Moral Issues
Christian Ethics & Health Care Issues
Religion & Film
Religion & Literature
Religion & Science,Religion and Science
Theology & the Social Sciences
Lay Ministry
Group C
(May include CAP Components)
Language & Culture
Urban Anthropology
Anthropological Field Work
Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis
Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis
Antitrust Economics
Economics of the Environment
Econometrics
Money & Banking
Public Finance
Economic Development & Growth
International Economics
Labor Economics
Urban & Regional Economics
The American Judicial Process
State & Local Government
Political Parties, Campaigns & Elections
Public Opinion & Political Behavior
The American Presidency
Interest Group Politics
American Political Thought
United States National Security Policy
Legislative Politics
Urban Politics & Policy
American Foreign Policy
Constitutional Law
The Politics of Bureaucracy & Regulation
Civil Liberities
Industrial Psychology
Social Psychology
Child Psychology
Personality
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Women
Current Implications of Drug Dependency
Human Sexuality
History of Psychology
The Sociology of Work & Occupations
Racial & Ethnic Relations
Political Sociology
Social Inequality
Self & Society
Mass Communication in Modern Society
Urban Sociology
Community
Economy & Society

1

This course can be counted only when the material is appropriate to American Studies. Consult the program director.



Breadth
ASI 150Introduction to the University Experience1
Total Hours to total at least124
First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ASI 1501ENG 1003
REL 1033Language 1414
Language 1014SCI 1903
PSY 1013SCI 190L1
MTH 1143HST 1033
CMM 1003PHL 1033
 17 17
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AMS 3003ENG 2003
SCI 210 or 2203PSY 300 or 400 level3
SCI 210L or 220L1SCI 230 or 2403
Language contextual course3AMS 3013
Arts3Literature3
Social Science Intro3 
 16 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Option 1 - A13Option 1 - A43
Option 1 - A23Option 1 -A53
Adv PHL or REL3Inquiry3
Social Science3Adv PHL or REL3
Option 1 - A33Adv HST3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Option 1 - B13AMS 4003
Option 1 -B23Practical Ethical Action3
Option 1 - C14Diversity and Social Justice3
Integrative3Option 1 - B33
Faith Tradition3Option 1 -C23
 16 15
Total credit hours: 126

Courses

AMS 300. American Cultures. 3 Hours

Study of American artifacts to discern how they indicate the periods in the life of the civilization and how like artifacts can be used to determine the stages of development of various peoples. (Will not satisfy humanities breadth requirement.).

AMS 301. Interpretations of American Culture. 3 Hours

Critical study of various interpretations of American culture through more than a hundred years.

AMS 400. Interdisciplinary Research. 3 Hours

Study of the principles of interdisciplinary scholarship; what can and probably cannot be accomplished by it; successful interdisciplinary accomplishments. Students will complete interdisciplinary projects.

AMS 477H. Honors Thesis. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for 3 semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

AMS 478H. Honors Thesis. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for 3 semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.