Humanities Department

BA - Humanities, Concentration in American Studies

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

Students in this major should consult their advisor regarding American Institutions requirement. Depending on sequence(s) a student chooses, 0-30 units of GE/AI can be met in the major.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements44
Core Lower Division General Education30
Of the 39 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education3
Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Consult Major Advisor for department recommended coursework to meet GE requirement.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement3
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
HUM 100W. Writing in the HumanitiesZ3
Preparation for the Major (Recommended)0-24
Recommended that native students complete one of the sequences below, in consultation with Advisor. Any student who completes the American Institutions requirement will have met this area.
Complete one Sequence from:
American Civilization Sequence
AMS 001A. American Cultures to 1877C1+D26
AMS 001B. American Cultures 1877 to presentC2+D3+US1236
World History Sequence
HIST 001A. World History to 15003
HIST 001B. World History from 15003
Western Civilization Sequence
HIST 010A. Western CivilizationD23
HIST 010B. Western CivilizationD23
Humanities Sequence (must take all 4 courses)
HUM 001A. World Cultures and Societies- HonorsC1+C26
HUM 001B. World Cultures and Societies- HonorsM156
HUM 002A. Honors - Modern World CulturesM146
HUM 002B. Honors - Modern World CulturesM136
Requirements of the Major45
Core Courses12
HUM 080. Reading the WorldA33
HUM 101. Human Life: Let's Think About It3
HUM 160. Special Topics in Humanities3
HUM 190. Senior Seminar in Humanities3
Comparative Courses12
Complete four courses from:
AMS 129. How the World sees the United States3
AMS 159. Nature and World CulturesV3
CA 173. Thinking About Contemporary World ArtsV3
HUM 119. Myths, Heroes, and Global Cultures3
HUM 128. Perspectives on the Twentieth Century: The West in a Global ContextV3
RELS 120. Censors and Icons: Arts and Religion3
RELS 131. Gender, Sexuality, and Religion3
Additional Courses in the Major9
Choose three in addition to any American Studies course chosen above.
AMS 129. How the World sees the United States3
AMS 160. Special Topics in Humanities3
AMS 169. The American DreamS3
AMS 179. American Popular Culture3
CA 172. The Arts in U.S. SocietyS3
RELS 162. Religion and Political Controversy in the USS3
Major Electives12-16
Choose four courses from the following lists in one of three ways: Topical, Time period, or Courses chosen evenly across multiple disciplines. Consult American Studies advisor for more information and options.
Values and Ideas:
AAS 185. Multicultural Perspectives within American Society3
JS 132. Race, Gender, Inequality and the LawS3
HIST 173. New World Encounters, 1400-17504
PHIL 112. American Philosophy3
POLS 121C. Constitutional Law: Civil Rights4
POLS 163. American Political Thought3
RELS 162. Religion and Political Controversy in the USS3
RELS 191. Religion in AmericaS3
Arts & Popular Culture:
AFAM 102. African-American Music3
AFAM 161. Black Representations in Media and New Technology3
ARTH 182A. Art of the Americas3
ARTH 182B. American Art3
COMM 169I. The Media: Response and Criticism4
ENGL 162. Studies-American Literature Before 18654
ENGL 163. American Literature: 1865-19454
ENGL 168. The American Novel4
MUSC 120. Worlds of JazzS3
TA 103. Musical Theatre3
Economics, History, Politics and Society:
AFAM 159. Economic Issues in the Black Community3
ENVS 135. U.S. Environmental Policy3
GEOG 140. The United States3
HIST 173. New World Encounters, 1400-17504
HIST 174. Colonial & Revolutionary America4
HIST 175. Inventing America, 1800-18604
HIST 176. The Civil War and Reconstruction4
HIST 177. Industrial America, 1877-19204
HIST 178. Crash, Depression and War, 1920-19504
HIST 179. Cold War America, 1950-Present4
HIST 181. Advanced Topics in American History4
POLS 154. U.S. Foreign Policy: Formulation and Administration4
Gender, Family and Sexuality:
AFAM 125. The Black Family:Historical/Contemporary Realities3
AFAM 152. Black Women in the U.S.3
HIST 188. History of Women in the United StatesS3
LING 129. Culture, Language and Ethnicity in the U.S.S3
CCS 160. Gender and Sexuality in the Chicana/o CommunityS3
SOCI 172. Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender Studies3
WOMS 160. Queering Gender, Race, and Class3
Race, Ethnicity and Immigration:
AAS 125. Filipino Experience in the United States3
AAS 175. Asian American CommunitiesS3
AFAM 112. African Immigrant Communities in the U.S.3
ANTH 164. North America before 14923
COMM 172F. Multicultural Communication in the United States4
ENGL 165. Topics in Ethnic American Literature4
ENGL 169. Ethnicity in American LiteratureS3
CCS 130. Chicanas and Chicanos in American SocietyS3
CCS 175. Human Migrations: Global Reach3
SOCI 160. Immigration and Identity3
SOCI 162. Race and Ethnic RelationsS3
University Electives3-31
The Department highly recommends majors complete the following:
One year of college level foreign language or equivalent related to chosen area0-10

Total Units:120