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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

College of Liberal Arts


American Studies Minor

American studies is the interdisciplinary examination of American life and culture at regional, national, and international scales. It integrates perspectives from a wide variety of disciplines, including history, English, communications, political science, geography, sociology, and the arts.

At UNH, the American studies minor is an individualized program of study that allows each student to choose from a broad range of courses offered by several different departments that best match their interests and needs. It is intended to encourage students with particular interests in the United States to develop those interests and learn more about the country from a variety of perspectives.

To earn a minor in American studies, students must complete five courses approved to satisfy minor requirements. At least one of those courses must concentrate on issues of race, gender, or ethnicity. No more than three courses may be at the 400 or 500 level, and no more than two courses may be taken in the same department. Students must earn a C-minus or better for a course to count toward minor requirements and must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in all courses taken for the minor.

Students desiring more information about the American studies minor should contact the program coordinator, Blake Gumprecht, Department of Geography, 102 Huddleston Hall, (603) 862-1930,

A list of courses that can be used to satisfy minor requirements is posted on the program website in advance of the course registration period for each semester. The list of courses is different every semester and includes courses offered by multiple departments. Below is a partial list of approved courses taught in recent semesters (see the program website for complete lists):

AMST 444B, New Orleans: Place, Meaning, and Context
AMST 444E, Fly Fishing and the American Experience
AMST 401, Introduction to American Studies
AMST 604, Landscape and American Culture
ANTH 401, Peoples and Cultures of the World: North America
ANTH 697, American Roots Music
ARTS 693, American Art
CMN 505, Analysis of Popular Culture
CMN 607, Persuasion in American Politics
CMN 757, Public Address and the American Experience
EDUC 717, Growing up Male in America
ENGL 444G, Ethnic Literature in America
ENGL 515, Survey of American Literature
ENGL 517, Introduction to African American Literature and Culture
ENGL 738, Literature and Popular Culture of the Vietnam War
ENGL 739, American Indian Literature
GEOG 514, Geography of the United States and Canada
GEOG 515, The American City
GEOG 610, The Peopling of New England
HIST 405, History of Early America
HIST 406, History of the Modern United States
HIST 410, Building America: How Architecture Shaped the U.S.
HIST 506, African American History
HIST 600, The United States in World History
HIST 603, European Conquest of America
HIST 611, Civil War Era  
HIST 613, American Ways of War
HIST 618 American Environmental History
HIST 622, History of American Thought
HIST 620, Foreign Relations of the United States
ITAL 444A, Italians Come to America
KIN 561, History of American Sport and Physical Culture
MUSI 405, Survey of Music in America
NR 701, Ecological Ethics and Values
POLT 402, American Politics and Government
POLT 403, United States in World Affairs
POLT 500, American Public Policy
POLT 508, Supreme Court and the Constitution
POLT 523, American Political Thought
PSYC 775, Madness in America
RMP 511, Issues of Wilderness and Nature in American Society
THDA 450, History of Musical Theatre in America
WS 405, Gender, Power and Privilege