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Robert B. Cochran
Chair of Studies
530 Old Main
479-575-7708
www.uark.edu/misc/carsinfo/major.htm
rcochran@uark.edu

The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences has a longestablished commitment to the study of American cultures. Virtually every department offers courses centered on various aspects of human experience on the North American continent. The American Studies major promotes interdisciplinary approaches to these fields and provides substantial flexibility for students wishing to design tightly focused or highly individualized courses of study.

Requirements for a Major in American Studies: 

In addition to the university/state core requirements and the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements (see the Fulbright College Academic Regulations and Degree Completion Policy), the following course requirements must be met.  Bolded courses from the list below may be applied to portions of the University/state minimum core requirements.

The American Studies major program requires 30 semester hours, which must include the following:

  1. Three hours Introduction to American Studies, AMST 2003.
  2. Three hours of American history, HIST 2003 or HIST 2013.
  3. Three hours of American National Government, PLSC 2003
  4. Three hours of American literature to be selected from ENGL 3833, ENGL 3843, ENGL 3853 or ENGL 3863. (Papers submitted in this course will fulfill the Fulbright College writing requirement.)
  5. Eighteen hours to be selected from the following courses, with the selection to include:
    1. At least one of the following:
      ARCH 4483, ARHS 4913, ARHS 4923, COMM 4143, COMM 4353, COMM 4383, COMM 4883, MUHS 4253
    2. At least one of the following:
      ANTH 3213, ANTH 3253, GEOG 4063, SOCI 3193, SOCI 3253
    3. At least one of the following:
      PLSC 3153, PLSC 3853, PLSC 3933, PLSC 4203
    4. Nine hours in the chosen area of concentration. Sample areas of concentration include the following:
      African American Culture – selections from:
      HIST 3233, PLSC 4243, SOCI 4123, and other approved courses.
      Contemporary Politics – selections from:
      COMM 4383, HIST 4733, SOCI 3153, and other approved courses.
      Gender Issues – selections from:
      ENGL 3923H, and other approved courses.
      Native American Culture – selections from:
      ANTH 3213, ANTH 3263, HIST 3263, and other approved courses.
      Southern Culture – selections from:
      ENGL 3923H, HIST 4563, HIST 4573, and other approved courses.
      Western or Frontier Studies – selections from:
      HIST 3383, HIST 4463, PLSC 3223, and other approved courses

Requirements for the Major in American Studies with Emphasis on Regional Studies: Students wishing to major in American Studies with emphasis on regional studies may complete requirements (1), (2), (3), (4), and (5) as all majors. They must also complete ANTH or SOCI 3253 to satisfy requirement (5A) and PLSC 3223 to satisfy requirement (5C). Either HIST 4563, or HIST 4573 must also be completed in satisfying requirement (5D). These requirements total nine hours, leaving six elective hours to complete requirement (5D).

American Studies B.A.

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Completion Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program.

Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area. Students must complete at least 124 hours and this must be considered when scheduling upper-level hours in the senior year.

Fall Semester Year 1

3 ENGL 1013 Composition I

3 MATH 1203 or any higher level math

3 HIST 2003 History of the Am People to 1877 or HIST 2013 History of the Am People 1877-present

3 AMST 2003 Intro to Am Studies or General Elective

3 University/state social science requirement

15 Total Hours

Spring Semester Year 1

3 ENGL 1023 Composition II

3 University/state fine arts or humanities core requirement

3 PLSC 2003 American National Government

3 General Elective

4 Science university/state core lecture with corequisite lab requirement

16 Semester Hours

Fall Semester Year 2

3 AMST 2003 Intro to Am Studies (if needed) or General Elective

3 †‡Course from Group 1, 2, 3 or 4 below (as needed)

3 †American Literature Course or University/state core social science requirement

3 University/state humanities or fine arts core requirement (as needed)

4 Science university/state core lecture with corequisite lab requirement

16 Semester Hours

Spring Semester Year 2

3 †‡Course from Group 1, 2, 3 or 4 below (as needed)

3 †‡Course from Group 1, 2, 3 or 4 below (as needed)

9 General Electives

15 Semester Hours

Fall Semester Year 3

3 †‡Course from Group 1, 2, 3 or 4 below (as needed)

3 †‡Course from Group 1, 2, 3 or 4 below (as needed)

3 University/state core social science requirement  or †American Literature Course (as needed)

3 †Advanced Level Elective

4 General Electives

16 Semester Hours

Spring Semester Year 3

3 †‡Course from Group 1, 2, 3 or 4 below (as needed)

3 †‡Upper Level Fulbright College Elective

7 General Electives

3 †Advanced Level Elective

16 Semester Hours

Fall Semester Year 4

3 †‡Upper Level Fulbright College Elective

9 General Electives

3 †Advanced Level Elective

15 Semester Hours

Spring Semester Year 4

3 †‡Upper Level Fulbright College Elective

3 †Advanced Level Elective

9 General Electives

15 Semester Hours

124 Total Hours

The following groups are referenced in the eight-semester plan above.
Group 1
ARCH 4483 Architecture of the Americas
ARHS 4913 American Art to 1860 (ARHS 2923)
ARHS 4923 American Art 1860-1960 (ARHS 2923)
COMM 4143 American Film Survey
COMM 4353 American Public Address (Jr. Standing)
COMM 4383 Rhetoric of the Modern American Presidency
COMM 4883 Television and American Culture (COMM 2333)
MUHS 4253 Special Topics in Music History (MUHS 3703 & 3713)
Group 2
ANTH 3213 Indians of North America
ANTH 3253 Cultures of the South
GEOG 4063 Urban Geography (Jr. Standing)
SOCI 3193 Race, Class, and Gender in America (SOCI 2013)
SOCI 3253 Cultures of the South
Group 3
PLSC 3153 Public Policy (PLSC 2003)
PLSC 3853 American Foreign Policy (PLSC 2003 or 2013)
PLSC 3933 Contemporary American Political Thought
PLSC 4203 American Political Parties (PLSC 2003)
Group 4
At least 9 hours must be chosen from one of the following concentrations (or another approved by the director):
African American Studies
HIST 3233 African American History to 1877
PLSC 4243 Minority Politics
SOCI 4123 The Black Ghetto
Contemporary Politics
COMM 4383 Rhetoric of the American Presidency
HIST 4733 Recent America, 1941 to present
SOCI 3153 Urban Sociology
Gender Issues
ENGL 3923H Honors Colloquium (Honors)
Native American Culture
ANTH 3213 Indians of North America
ANTH 3263 Indians of Arkansas and the South
HIST 3263 History of the American Indian
Southern Culture
ENGL 3923H Honors Colloquium
HIST 4563 The Old South, 1607-1865
HIST 4573 The New South, 1860-present
Western or Frontier Studies
HIST 3383 Arkansas and the Southwest
HIST 4463 The American Frontier
PLSC 3223 Arkansas Politics

Requirements for the Certificate in American Studies for International Students Not Seeking a University of Arkansas Degree: International students not seeking a University of Arkansas degree may receive a certificate in American Studies by completing requirements (2) and (3), plus completing a total of twelve hours in any combination from the courses listed under requirement (4). This represents a total of 18 hours.

Requirements for Departmental Honors in American Studies: The Departmental Honors Program in American Studies offers junior and senior students the opportunity to enroll in enriched courses and to conduct independent research. In addition to satisfying all other requirements for the major, honors candidates must complete at least 12 hours of honors work, including six in honors essay. The Honors Program in American Studies requires a total of 33 hours in addition to University and college requirements.

Courses

(AMST) American Studies

AMST2003 Introduction to American Studies (Fa) Introduction to American Studies as an interdisciplinary field of study. Examination of a selected topic from various methodological perspectives.