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American Studies

Asian American Minor


 

Miles Orvell, Director
941 Anderson Hall
215-204-1644
orvell@temple.edu
http://www.temple.edu/american_studies

American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on major issues in the United States, such as work, technology, and the role of the media and the arts; that is, on important themes that will continue to shape much of American life and which sophisticated professionals must know. American Studies provides students with a solid understanding of the culture of the United States through courses originating in this department organized around broad topics and through carefully selected courses from other specific disciplines. All must approach the study of life in the United States from a variety of perspectives, not just one discipline. The program also offers student internships at a variety of cultural institutions in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. American Studies courses are known as demanding and rigorous and many of them double as Temple University Honors courses. The major stresses development of reading, writing and analytical skills that are necessary for successful careers in various professional fields. American Studies majors go on to graduate school, law school, or medical school. They also may take jobs in museums, libraries, business, and the media.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR

All majors must complete five American Studies core courses, one out of each group below.

Department

Course

Title

s.h.

Core Indicator

American Biography and Work - Select 1

Am St

C051or

H091

American Lives

3

AC

Am St

C062 or

H092

Work in America

3

AC

American Culture - Select 1

Am St

0104 or

H194

The Arts in America

3

 

Am St

0107

Leisure in America

3

 

Am St

0125

Photography in America

3

 

Am St

0126

Film and American Society

3

 

Am St

0127

Mass Media and American Popular Culture

3

 

Place in American Life - Select 1

Am St

0103 or

H195

American Places: Home, City, Region

3

 

Am St

0128

Philadelphia Neighborhoods

3

 

Am St

0130

The City: Urban Design, and American Culture

3

 

Am St

0131 or

H196

American Frontiers

3

 

Diversity in America - Select 1

Am St

0108 or

H198

Immigrant Experiences in America

3

 

Am St

R112

African-American Experiences

3

RS

Am St

W118 or

H192

American Woman: Visions and Revisions

3

WI

Am St

R136

Asian-American Experiences

3

RS

Am St

0137

Italian/American Literature and Culture

3

 

Am St

0148

Puerto Ricans in Philadelphia

3

 

Am St

0151

Asian American History

3

 

Am St

0152

Asian Diaspora

3

 

Am St

0153

Asian Women in Transition

3

 

Am St

0154

Introduction to Asian American Literature

3

 

Am St

H197

Quest for the American Dream

3

AC

Change in America - Select 1

Am St

0101

Contemporary Trends in American Workplace

3

 

Am St

0102 or

H193

Technology and American Culture

3

SB

H193 only

Am St

0105 or

H199

Ideal America: Reform, Revolution, and Utopia

3

 

Am St

0106

Literature and Political Change

3

 

Am St

0109 or

H109

Courtroom in American Society

3

 

Am St

0121

America in the 1950s

3

 

Am St

0124 or

H191

Political Protest and Culture in the 60's

3

 

Am St

R134

Literature of American Slavery

3

RS

Am St

W140 or

H190

Radicalism in the United States

3

WI

 

Am St

0100

Topics in American Culture +

3

 

+ may meet one or more of the above requirements with permission of director.

 

Students must also complete three additional courses in American Studies. These can include choices from the AS core courses as well as choices from all other American Studies courses.

Department

Course

Title

s.h.

Core Indicator

Am St

Electives (select from 0100-0399)

 

9

 

At least four courses outside of the major selected in consultation with the American Studies director and congruent with an American Studies focus.  Six of these credits should be in American history and literature.

 

Capstone course - Select 1

Department

Course.

Title

s.h.

Core Indicator

Am St

W393

Senior Seminar in American Studies

3

WI*

Am St

W394

Senior Independent Study

3

WI*

* Indicates Writing Capstone for the Major

Distinction in Major

American Studies majors may graduate with distinction in the major if they have a GPA of at least 3.5 in the major and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0


REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR

Department

Course.

Title

s.h.

Core Indicator

Am St

Select 6 Amer. St. courses ++

18

 

++ at least three of which must be from three different American Studies core areas.

 

 

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