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The Bachelor of Arts in American Studies

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree: 120 units

See “Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree” in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

The department has prepared a suggested Four Year Advising Plan to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See “General Education Requirements” in The University Catalog and The Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See “Cultural Diversity” in The University Catalog. Most courses used to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

See the “American Institutions Requirement” under “Bachelor’s Degree Requirements.” This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 050 and POLS 055. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Literacy Requirement:

See “Mathematics and Writing Requirements” in The University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See The Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 36 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

DEGREE CORE PROGRAM: 24 units

5 courses required:

AMST    050    Intro to American Studies    3.0    FS *

AMST    135    American Popular Culture    3.0    FS *

AMST    145    American Lives    3.0    FA *

AMST    165    American Folklore    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

AMST    170    Amer Ethnic/Regional Writers    3.0    FA *Eth

This course is the same as ENGL 170 which may be substituted.

2 courses selected from:

AMST    146    Religion and American Society    3.0    FS

This course is the same as R S 146 which may be substituted.

AMST    235    Historical Geography North Amer    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is the same as GEOG 235 which may be substituted.

AMST    240    American Thought and Character    3.0    Inq

This course is the same as HIST 240 which may be substituted.

1 course selected from:

ENGL    157A    Survey of American Literature    3.0    FS

ENGL    157B    Survey of American Literature    3.0    FS

ELECTIVES: 12 units

4 courses selected from:

ENGLISH

ENGL    138    Survey of American Film    3.0    SP

ENGL    238    Modern Poetry    3.0    FS

ENGL    248    Modern Drama    3.0    FS

ENGL    256    The American Novel    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 100; ENGL 157A.

ENGL    257A    American Lit: Beginning to 1850s    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 100; ENGL 157A.

ENGL    257B    American Literature: 1850s-1945    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 100, ENGL 157B.

ENGL    257C    American Literature:1945-Present    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 100, ENGL 157B.

ENGL    265    Study in Major American Authors    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 100; ENGL 157A or ENGL 157B.

ENGL    297A    American Literary Topics    3.0    FS

COMMUNICATION/JOURNALISM

CMST    217    Advanced Study of Public Address    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: CMST 101.

CMST    224    Public Opinion and Propaganda    3.0    FS

This course is the same as JOUR 224 and POLS 224 which may be substituted.

JOUR    110    Entertain/Media/Amer Culture    3.0    FS *

Prerequisites: ENGL 001.

JOUR    111    Women/Men/Media    3.0    SP *

This course is the same as WMST 111 which may be substituted.

JOUR    221    History of American Journalism    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: JOUR 060.

MULTICULTURAL AND GENDER STUDIES

AIST    188    Worldviews of American Indians    3.0    Inq Eth

This course is the same as R S 188 which may be substituted.

AFAM    155    Sociology of African Americans    3.0    SP Eth

This course is the same as SOCI 155 which may be substituted.

CHST    158    Chicanos Contemporary Society    3.0    FA Eth

This course is the same as SOCI 158 which may be substituted.

MCGS    127    Politics of Race/Ethnicity in US    3.0    FS Eth

This course is the same as POLS 127 which may be substituted.

FINE ARTS

ART    240    American Art History    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ART 001A and ART 001B for art majors; ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

ART    247    American Indian Art    3.0    Inq Eth

Prerequisites: ART 001A and ART 001B for art majors.

This course is the same as ART 347 which may be substituted.

ART    255    California Art    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ART 001A and ART 001B for art majors; ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

MUS    191    American Music    3.0    FS *

MUS    193    History of Jazz    3.0    SP

MUS    196    African American Music    3.0    FS *Eth

This course is the same as AFAM 196 which may be substituted.

HISTORY

HIST    130    The American Indian    3.0    FS *Eth

This course is the same as AIST 130 which may be substituted.

HIST    134    American Ethnic Origins    3.0    FS *Eth

This course is the same as MCGS 134 which may be substituted.

HIST    136    Women/Gender in Amer History    3.0    Inq *

This course is the same as WMST 136 which may be substituted.

HIST    137    Mexican Heritage to 1848    3.0    FA *Eth

This course is the same as CHST 137 which may be substituted.

HIST    138    Working in America    3.0    Inq

This course is the same as AMST 138 which may be substituted.

HIST    144    America’s Vietnam Experience    3.0    FA *

HIST    150    American Environment    3.0    SP *Eth

HIST    152    Education in America    3.0    FS

HIST    154    America in the 1960s    3.0    SP

HIST    155    Technology & Science in America    3.0    F2

This course is the same as AMST 155 which may be substituted.

HIST    230    Colonial America    3.0    FA

HIST    231    American Revolution    3.0    SP

HIST    232    Age of Jefferson and Jackson    3.0    FA

HIST    233    Civil War and Reconstruction    3.0    FA

HIST    234    Emergence of Modern America    3.0    FA

HIST    235    The US in Age of the World Wars    3.0    FA

HIST    236    Hiroshima to Watergate    3.0    SP

HIST    237    From Watergate to the Present    3.0    SP

HIST    240    American Thought and Character    3.0    Inq

This course is the same as AMST 240 which may be substituted.

HIST    242    American Social History    3.0    FA

HIST    244    History U.S. Foreign Relations    3.0    SP

HIST    252    Westward Movement    3.0    FA

HIST    254    History of California    3.0    FS

HIST    256    Issues Tech, Science, Medicine    3.0    S1

HUMANITIES

PHIL    120    Analytic Philosophy    3.0    SP

PHIL    128    American Philosophical Thought    3.0    FS *

R S    146    Religion and American Society    3.0    FS

This course is the same as AMST 146 which may be substituted.

R S    180    Religions in America    3.0    FA

R S    185    Religion/Amer Ethnic Minorities    3.0    FS *Eth

This course is the same as MCGS 185 which may be substituted.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

ANTH    103    Cultural Anthropology    3.0    FS

ANTH    134    Body, Self and Emotion    3.0    Inq

ANTH    161    North American Indians    3.0    FS *Eth

This course is the same as AIST 161 which may be substituted.

ANTH    162    California Indians    3.0    FA Eth

ANTH    288A    Exhibit Research and Design    3.0    SP

ANTH    288B    Exhibit Installation    3.0    FA

ECON    120    American Economic History    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ECON 001 or ECON 002.

ECON    140    Work, Wealth, & Income Distrbtn    3.0    FS *

GEOG    139    American Cultural Landscapes    3.0    SP

GEOG    152    The United States    3.0    FA *

GEOG    235    Historical Geography North Amer    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is the same as AMST 235 which may be substituted.

POLS    124    Women and Politics    3.0    FS *

This course is the same as WMST 124 which may be substituted.

POLS    127    Politics of Race/Ethnicity in US    3.0    FS Eth

This course is the same as MCGS 127 which may be substituted.

POLS    144    U.S. Foreign Policy Nuclear Age    3.0    FS *

POLS    202    State Government    3.0    FS

POLS    203    Local Government    3.0    FS

POLS    224    Public Opinion and Propaganda    3.0    FS

This course is the same as CMST 224 and JOUR 224 which may be substituted.

POLS    251B    Civil Rights/Civil Liberties    3.0    FS

This course is the same as MCGS 251B which may be substituted.

SOCI    154    Interethnic Contacts    3.0    FS *NW

SOCI    214    Self and Society    3.0    FS

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor’s degree, select additional elective courses from the total university offerings. You should consult with an adviser regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your university experience and apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program.
Consult your undergraduate adviser for specific information.