University of Dayton
Academic Catalog 2013-14

American Studies

In this interdisciplinary program, students take courses in their choice of eleven fields, thereby learning the skills of integrating, coordinating and making connections. The program, one of over three hundred 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
The West & the World
Introduction to Religioius & Theological Studies
Introduction to Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication 3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics 3
Social Science3
Arts3
Natural Sciences7
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, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

 Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.



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 301Interps of Amer Cult3
AMS 400Interdisc 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-American Lit
Contemporary Poetry 1
Contemporary Fiction 1
Contemporary Drama 1
Science Fiction
Studies-Populr Fictn
Short Story 1
Studies in Film 1
Studies-Lit & Film 1
African Amer Lit
Studies-Folklore
American Indian Lit
Studies in Lit 1
Tragic Dilemma 1
American Romanticism
Amer Realism&Natrlsm
20th Centruy Amer Lit
Intro to Linguistics
Seminar 1
History of American Music
Africn Amer Sac Mus
History-Amer Jazz
Dev Amer Poplr Song
Music in Film
Hst-Amer Musical
20hth Century Music 1
American Art
20th Century Art I
Hst-Photogrphy II
20th Century Art II
Special Problems 1
Group B
(May include CAP Advanced Study in History, Philosophy and Religious Studies)
Environ Hst Americas
Hst-Sci,Tch&Mod Crp
Hist of Aviation
Sex,Race & Sicence
Women Gender Am
Hst of Amer Family
American Urban Hist
US Legl/Const Hst I
US Legl/Const Hst II
Amer Films as Hst
Civil War & Recnstr
Eco & Bus Hst-US
Hst-Rel in US
American Mil Hst
Ireland & America
US Foreign Relations
Soc & Cult Hst of US
Contemprary Amer Hst
Hst Globl Immgnts-US
Native Amer History
Atlantic World
Amr Arch Hst&Prsrvtn
Hs Blks-US 1526-1900
Hst Blks-US s/1900
Sem in Hstrgrphy
Internship
Topics in History 1
Philosophy and Women
Social Philosophy
Phl of Religion
Philosophy of Law
Ethics&Modern War
Family Ethics
Philosophy of Art
Phl & Literature
Sci, Objtvty & Values
Technology&Values
Special Problems 1
American Philosophy
Protestant Christnty
US Religious Expr
US Cath Experience
Current Moral Issues
Chr Ethics&Hlth Care
Religion & Film
Religion&Literature
Religion & Science,Religion and Science
Theol&Soc Sciences
Lay Ministry
Group C
(May include CAP Components)
Language and Culture
Urban Anthropology
Anthrop Field Work
Intrmd MicroEco Anly
Intrmd MacroEco Anly
Antitrust Economics
Eco of Environmnt
Econometrics
Money and Banking
Public Finance
Eco Develop & Growth
International Econ
Labor Economics
Urban&Regional Econ
Amer Judicl Process
State & Local Govt
Pol Prts, Cmpns&Eltns
Pub Opin & Pol Bhvr
American Presidency
Interest Group Pols
American Pol Thought
US Natnl Sec Policy
Legislative Politics
Urban Politics
Amer Foreign Policy
Constitutional Law
Poltcs-Bureau&Regln
Civil Liberties
Industrial Psycholgy
Social Psychology
Child Psychology
Personality
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Women
Curr Impl-Drug Depnd
Human Sexuality
Hst of Psychology
Soc of Work&Occuptns
Racial&Eth Minorties
Political Sociology
Social Inequality
Self & Society
Mass Comm-Mdrn Socty
Urban Sociology
Community
Soc of Globalization

1

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



Breadth
ASI 150Intr to the Univ Exp1
Total Hours to total at least124


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 477. Honors Thesis Project. 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 478. Honors Thesis Project. 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.