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American Studies

Courses Offered

The course listings are organized here by semester and campus.

So, at the top of the column to the left you’ll see links to pages listing the courses offered at Rose Hill and at Lincoln Center, respectively, in Fall 2014. Those pages include course descriptions. Note that American Studies majors and minors can take courses on either campus, but the Lincoln Center students register one week earlier than the Rose Hill students, so if you need a course offered at Lincoln Center, please be in touch with the director, or with your class dean, to ensure that you will be able to enroll.

The fact that a course is listed here means that it will count toward the major or minor (if it is not listed on my.fordham as having an American Studies "attribute," please let us know), but it does not guarantee that you can get into that course. And you are still subject to any prerequisites the course bears, or any limitations on enrollment (e.g., seniors only). Please be sure to look at my.fordham and/or the original department site to find out if there are any such prerequisites or other limitations. 

About the letters, in bold print, following each course description

Each course on this list (except the three specific courses required of all American studies majors) has two sets of parentheses after it. In the first you’ll find the letters L, A, R, and/or H, indicating which multidisciplinary diversity requirement(s) the course fulfills.

  • L is for Literature
  • A is for Art, music, theater, or media
  • R is for Religion or philosophy
  • H is for History or social science.

In the second set of parentheses you’ll find the letters C, D, and/or P, indicating which of the three concentrations the course fits into:

  • C is for Cultural Products
  • D is for Diversity and Difference;
  • P is for Power, Politics, and Institutions.

In each set of parentheses, there may be more than one letter, since many courses fulfill more than one goal. As you know, a single course can fulfill a multidisciplinary diversity requirement and count toward your concentration, but a single course cannot be used to fulfill two multidisciplinary diversity requirements.

If you see a course here that you think should fulfill a requirement but it does not have that designation, bring up the issue with the director of the program, who is always open to suggestions. 

For more details about these designations go to the “Requirements” page

The concentrations are:

Cultural Products (C): This concentration focuses on American literature, arts, media, and thought, examining their history and place in American culture and society. Students primarily take courses in literature, film, media, music, the visual arts, the performing arts, popular culture, philosophy, and intellectual history.
Diversity and Difference (D): This concentration takes up the problem of American social and cultural pluralism. Students will consider the place of such categories as race, ethnicity, class, gender, and religion in American history. Students primarily take courses in literature, philosophy, African-American studies, history, political science, Urban Studies, Women’s Studies, religion, American Catholic Studies, and sociology.
Power, Politics, and Institutions (P): This concentration focuses on American society and institutions such as politics and religion. Students primarily take courses in political science, history, sociology, American Catholic Studies, African-American Studies, and Urban Studies.

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