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Humanities Department

BA - Humanities, Concentration in American Studies

Please note: Depending on sequence(s) a student chooses, 0-30 units of GE/AI can be met in the major. Please see advisor for more details.


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements59
Core Lower Division General Education39
Of the 39 units required by the university, 0 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.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions0
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. 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 http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
HUM 100W. Writing in the HumanitiesZ3
Preparation for the Major6-24
Complete one Sequence from:
American Civilization Sequence
AMS 001A. American CivilizationM46
AMS 001B. American CivilizationM56
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 - HonorsM46
HUM 001B. World Cultures and Societies - HonorsM26
HUM 002A. Modern World Cultures - HonorsM36
HUM 002B. Modern World Cultures - HonorsM16
Requirements of the Major43
Core Courses10
HUM 085. Introduction to Liberal Education1
HUM 101. Human Life: Let's think about it3
HUM 160. Seminar in Special Topics3
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 119A. Interdisciplinary Studies of Antiquity3
HUM 128. Perspectives on the Twentieth Century: The West in a Global ContextV3
RELS 124. Literature and Religious Experience3
RELS 130. Psychology and Religious Experience3
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. Seminar in Special Topics3
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
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.
Values and Ideas:
AAS 185. Multicultural Perspectives within American SocietyS3
JS 132. Race, Gender, Inequality and the LawS3
HIST 173. New World Encounters, 1400-17503
PHIL 112. American Philosophy3
POLS 121C. Constitutional Law: Civil Rights3
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 Images in American Film, TV and the Print Media3
ARTH 182A. Art of the Americas3
ARTH 182B. American Art3
COMM 169I. The Media: Response and Criticism4
ENGL 161. American Literature to 18303
ENGL 162. American Literature: 1830-18653
ENGL 163. American Literature: 1865-19103
ENGL 164. American Literature: 1910-19453
ENGL 168. The American Novel3
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
HIST 187. United States Social History3
POLS 154. U.S. Foreign Policy: Formulation and Administration3
Gender, Family and Sexuality:
AFAM 125. The Black Family3
AFAM 152. The Black Woman3
HIST 188. History of Women in the United StatesS3
LING 129. Culture, Language and Ethnicity in the U.S.S3
MAS 160. Gender and Sexuality in the Chicana/o CommunityS3
SOCI 172. Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender Studies3
WOMS 155. Contemporary Women's Movement3
WOMS 160. Gender, Race, and Class3
Race, Ethnicity and Immigration:
AAS 125. Filipino Experience in the United States3
AAS 175. Asian American CommunitiesS3
AFAM 112. New Faces in the African-American Community3
AFAM 142. Race, Ethnicity, and the Law3
ANTH 164. Prehistory of North America3
COMM 172F. Multicultural Communication in the United States4
ENGL 165. Topics in Ethnic American Literature3
ENGL 169. Ethnicity in American LiteratureS3
HIST 186. Ethnicity and Race in United States History3
MAS 130. Chicanas and Chicanos in American SocietyS3
MAS 175. Human Migrations: Global Reach3
SOCI 160. Immigration and Identity3
SOCI 162. Race and Ethnic RelationsS3
University Electives12-24
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