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Undergraduate Programs

Minor in American Studies

The American Studies minor allows for the rich exploration of American history, culture, and social life within an interdisciplinary framework. The minor requires 6 courses.  At least four of the courses in the minor must be in either the Humanities or the Social Sciences.

Students who complete at least four courses in the Humanities may count the minor toward their Humanities requirement in the Rochester Curriculum; students who complete at least four courses in the Social Sciences may count the minor toward their Social Science requirement in the Rochester Curriculum.

Minor Advisor

Professor John Michael – English Department
405 Morey Hall
(585) 275-4974

A. Required courses:

AMS 200—The Idea of America (H)   
ENG 115—Introduction to American Literature (H)

B. Choose 1 of the following:

HIS 260—American Thought I (S)
HIS 261—American Thought II (S)
HIS 262—American Culture to 1876 (S)
HIS 263—American Culture Since 1876 (S)

C. Specialization (3 courses)

Students will choose 3 courses from one of the following specialized tracks - The Arts in American Culture, Identity and the American Nation, American Thought and Institutions, or Comparative Americas and Global Perspectives. For a complete list of specialization courses see the PDF file below.