Santa Clara University

American Studies

Facilitators: James Bennett, Religious Studies, Juliana Chang, English and Michelle Burnham, English

American Studies is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the United States, past and present. Students approach the study of American cultures through such diverse fields as history, literature, religious studies, art, economics, and environmental studies, and might focus on such topics as popular culture and material culture, ethnic studies and gender studies, empire and globalization. American Studies students analyze America's relations with the rest of the world, the construction and deconstruction of American identities, and changing and competing definitions of America (including critiques of the very name "American Studies").

We encourage students to intentionally craft a four-course cluster around a theme or topic of special interest to them. Such intentional focus will also make it easier for students to complete the reflection paper. Below are suggested possible ways of crafting such a cluster or focus, although students should feel free to develop and define their own individualized cluster topic:

  • American Regions (i.e., The West and California, America and the Caribbean, Interregionalism, America and the Atlantic)
  • Politics and Activism
  • Transnationalism and Globalization
  • Colonialism/Postcolonialism
  • Historical Periods (i.e., The Colonial Period, The 19th Century, Modernism, Postmodernism)
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Race and Ethnicity

Associated Courses

Foundations Courses
(Please note that only the specific Foundation course topics qualify for the Pathway requirements,
and only one Foundations course may be applied to a Pathway)

ENGL            2A            Imagining History
ENGL            2A            American Studies: Popular Culture

American Politics
GOVT           410 001T  American Gov't & Politics Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)

ANTH           148           Historical Archaeology
ANTH           157           Family and Culture (cross-listed with WGST 155)
ANTH           170           Women, Gender, and Sexuality (cross-listed with WGST 144)

Art History
*ARTH          144          Race, Gender, and Nation in 18th and 19th Century American Art
*ARTH          145          20th Century American Art and Visual Culture
ARTH            186          Photography in the United States
*ARTH          188          Women in the Visual Arts (cross-listed with WGST 156)

COMM          40EL        Introduction to Journalism - ELSJ (cross-listed with ETHN 60)
*COMM        137A        American Film/ TV History
*COMM        138A        Television History/Theory - Topics Vary
COMM          147A        Theory of News
COMM          168A        Race, Gender and Politics in the News (cross-listed with WGST 117)

*ECON          136          20th-Century Economic History

ENGL            31            Survey of American Literature I
ENGL            32            Survey of American Literature II
ENGL            35            African American Literature (cross-listed with ETHN 36)
ENGL            36            Chicano Literature
ENGL            37            Native American Literature
ENGL            38            Asian American Literature
ENGL            39            Multicultural Literature of the United States
ENGL            66            Radical Imagination
ENGL            67            U.S. Gay and Lesbian Literature (cross-listed with WGST 34)
ENGL            69            Literature by Women Writers of Color (cross-listed with WGST 15)
ENGL            100          Literature & Democracy
ENGL            121          Studies in American Film
ENGL            129          California Literature
ENGL            130          Studies in African American Literature
ENGL            131          Studies in Early American Literature
ENGL            132G       Studies in 19th-Century American Literature (cross-listed with WGST 164)
ENGL            133          Studies in Modern American Literature
ENGL            134          Studies in Contemporay American Literature: The Short Story
ENGL            134G       Studies in Contemporary American Literature (cross-listed with WGST 186)
ENGL            135          Studies in American Fiction
ENGL            137          Studies in American Poetry
ENGL            140          Studies in Chicano Literature
ENGL            155          Studies in Asian American Literature
ENGL            156           Interdisciplinary Gay and Lesbian Studies (cross-listed with WGST 136)
ENGL            158          Studies in Native American Literature
ENGL            158G       Native American Women Writers
ENGL            192          American Theatre from Black Perspective (cross-listed with THTR 161)

Environmental Studies
ENVS            20            The Water Wars of California L&L

Ethnic Studies
ETHN            5               Introduction to the Study of Race and Ethnicity in the United States
ETHN            30             Introduction to African American Studies
ETHN            36             African American Literature (cross-listed with ENGL 35)
ETHN            40             Introduction to Asian American Studies
ETHN            60             Intro to Journalism: Focus on America's Diverse, Multi-Racial Identities and Communities (cross-listed with COMM 40EL)
ETHN            65             Drama of Diversity (also listed as THTR 65)
ETHN            95             African American Independent Film Makers
ETHN            96             Race, Class, and Culture Through Film
ETHN            130           Black Political Thought in Action
ETHN            132           The History of Hip Hop (cross-listed with MUSC 132)
ETHN            135           African Americans in Postwar Film (cross-listed with HIST 185)
ETHN            134           Black Social Movements
ETHN            141           Asian American Women
ETHN            142           Asian American Communities

HIST             84              Women in American Society (cross-listed with WGST 57)
HIST             85              Introduction to United States Environmental History
HIST             96A           Introduction to the History of the United States I
HIST             177            Gays and Lesbians in United States History (cross-listed with WGST 138)
HIST             181            United States Women Since 1900
HIST             182            Sex and Family in American History (cross-listed with WGST 174)
HIST             184            American Historical Geography
HIST             185            African Americans in Postwar Film (cross-listed with ETHN 135)
HIST             186            California
HIST             188S          The Making of Modern America: The Progressive Era (formerly HIST 188)

MUSC           20             Music in American Cultures I
MUSC           21             Music in American Culture II
MUSC           132           The History of Hip Hop (cross-listed with ETHN 132)

Peace & Conflict Resolution
SIS                491-001T  Foreign Policy & Intn'l Politics Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)

Political Science
POLI             1               Introduction to U.S. Politics
*POLI           153           Minority Politics in the U.S.
*POLI           154           Women and Politics (cross-listed with WGST 180)
POLI             195           Seminar in U.S. Politics

Religious Studies
*RSOC         51             Religion in America
*RSOC         91             Native Spiritual Traditions
*RSOC         111           Inventing Religion in America
*RSOC         111R        RSS: Inventing Religion in America
*RSOC         148R        RSS: Religion and the Presidency
*RSOC         164           Religion, Race and Ethnicity in America
*RSOC         184           Race and Religion in the United States
*TESP          60             Hispanic Popular Religion
*TESP          65             U.S. Hispanic Theology
*TESP          109           Hispanic Spirituality: Guadalupe

Theatre and Dance
DANC          62             African American Dance History (cross-listed with DANC 162)
DANC          162           African American Dance History (Cross-listed with DANC 62
THTR           44             Modern American Theatre History: Censorship, Arts Funding and Theatre Unions
THTR           65             Drama of Diversity (cross-listed with ETHN 65)
THTR           161           American Theatre from the Black Perspective (cross-listed with ENGL 192)
THTR           165           History American Musical Theatre

Transforming Communities
GOVT          417-001T Transforming Communities Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)

Women's Studies
WGST          15             Literature by Women Writers of Color (cross-listed with ENGL 69)
WGST          34             U.S. Gay and Lesbian Literature (cross-listed with ENGL 67)
WGST          50             Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
WGST          57             Women in American Society (cross-listed with HIST 84)
WGST          110            Native American Women Writers (cross-listed with ENGL 158G)
WGST          111            Asian American Women (cross-listed with ETHN 141)
WGST          117            Race, Gender and Politics in the News (cross-listed with COMM 168A)
WGST          136            Interdisciplinary Gay and Lesbian Studies (cross-listed with ENGL 156)
WGST          138            Gays and Lesbians in United States History (cross-listed with HIST 177)
WGST          144            Women, Gender, and Sexuality (cross-listed with ANTH 170)
WGST          155            Family and Culture (cross-listed with ANTH 157)
*WGST        156            Women in the Visual Arts (cross-listed with ARTH 188)
WGST          164             Studies in 19th-Century American Literature (cross-listed with ENGL 132G)
WGST          173             United States Women Since 1900 (cross-listed with HIST 181)
WGST          174             Sex and Family in American History (cross-listed with HIST 182)
*WGST        180             Women and Politics (cross-listed with POLI 154)
WGST          186             Studies in Contemporary American Literature (cross-listed with ENGL 134G)

* Indicates Course Has Prerequisites