American Studies

Dr. Mary McCay, Co-Director Dr. David W. Moore, Co-Director, Department of English, (504) 865-3389,


The American Studies minor provides students with opportunities to explore the rich diversity of people and cultures in the United States through a perspective broader than any provided by a single discipline. Students’ own experiences and those of others past and present become illuminated in the study of history, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, and sociology in the United States. The program provides a window into American culture—elite and popular—and the ways in which it is recorded, presented, and understood.

Selected Courses:
Political Science: The American Presidency
History: The American Character
English: American War Literature

Minor Requirements

The American Studies Minor is composed of the following 21 hours:
ENGL A342 American Masterworks 3
HIST A200 U.S. History to 1865 3

Choose one of the following courses:

  • CMMN X270
  • ENGL V270
  • HIST X270 The American Character

Choose one of the following courses:

  • POLS A211 The American Presidency
  • POLS A212 The Legislative Process
  • POLS A213 American Political Thought
  • POLS A215 Introduction to State and Local Politics
  • SOCI X232 Social Problems
  • SOCI X255 Race and Ethnic Conflict
  • SOCI A220 Social Movements and Collective Behavior

Choose one of the following courses:

  • THEA V242 Black Theatre to 1940
  • THEA V243 Black Theatre 1940 to Present
  • MUSIC A166 America and its Music
  • RELS A267 Native American Religions

Choose two courses from the following:

  • Any American literature course approved by the American Studies adviser:
  • Any American history course approved by the American Studies adviser
  • Any course in political science or sociology approved by the American Studies advise
  • CRJU A105 Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems

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