American Studies B.A.

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Completion Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program.

Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area. Students must complete at least 120 hours and this must be considered when scheduling upper-level hours in the senior year. 

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
MATH 1203 College Algebra (Sp, Su, Fa) (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (or any higher level math)3  
HIST 2003 History of the American People to 1877 (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2113) (Sp, Su, Fa)
or HIST 2013 History of the American People, 1877 to Present (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2123) (Sp, Su, Fa)
3  
AMST 2003 Introduction to American Studies (Fa)3  
University/state social science requirement3  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
University/state fine arts or humanities core requirement  3
PLSC 2003 American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
General Elective  3
Science university/state core lecture with corequisite lab requirement  4
Year Total: 15 16
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
AMST 2003 Introduction to American Studies (Fa) (if needed or General Elective)3  
Course from Group 1, 2, 3 or 4 below (as needed)†‡3  
American Literature Course3  
or University/state core social science requirement
University/state humanities or fine arts core requirement (as needed)3  
Science university/core lecture with corequisite lab requirement4  
Courses from Group 1, 2, 3 or 4 below (as needed)†‡  6
General Electives  9
Year Total: 16 15
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
Courses from Group 1, 2, 3 or 4 below as needed†‡6  
University/state core social science requirement or American Literature course† (as needed)3  
Advanced Level Elective3  
General Electives3  
Course from Group 1, 2, 3 or 4 below as needed†‡  3
Upper level Fulbright College Elective†‡  3
General Electives  6
Advanced Level Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
Upper Level Fulbright College Elective†‡3  
General Electives9  
Advanced Level Elective3  
Upper Level Fulbright College Elective†‡  3
Advanced Level Elective  3
General Electives  7
Year Total: 15 13
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120

 Meets 40-hour advanced credit hour requirement. See College Academic Regulations.

Meets 24-hour rule (24 hours of 3000-4000 level courses in Fulbright College), in addition to meeting the 40-hour rule. See College Academic Regulations.

Group 1
ARCH 4483Architecture of the Americas (Irregular)3
ARHS 4913American Art to 1860 (Irregular)3
ARHS 4923American Art 1860-1960 (Irregular)3
COMM 4143American Film Survey (Fa)3
COMM 4353American Public Address (Irregular)3
COMM 4383Rhetoric of the Modern American Presidency (Irregular)3
COMM 4883Television and American Culture (Fa)3
MUHS 4253Special Topics in Music History (Sp, Fa)3
Group 2
ANTH 3213Indians of North America (Irregular)3
GEOS 4073Urban Geography (Sp)3
SOCI 3193Race, Class, and Gender in America (Sp, Fa)3
Group 3
PLSC 3153Public Policy (Fa)3
PLSC 3853American Foreign Policy (Fa)3
PLSC 3933Contemporary American Political Thought (Irregular)3
PLSC 4203American Political Parties (Irregular)3
Group 4
At least 9 hours must be chosen from one of the following focused study areas (or another focus area approved by the director):
African American Studies
African American History to 1877 (Sp, Fa)
Other courses as approved by the program director.
Contemporary Politics
Rhetoric of the Modern American Presidency (Irregular)
Recent America, 1941 to the Present (Irregular)
Urban Sociology (Fa)
Other courses as approved by the program director.
Gender Issues
Honors Colloquium (Irregular)
Other courses as approved by the program director.
Native American Culture
Indians of North America (Irregular)
Indians of Arkansas and the South (Odd years, Sp)
History of the American Indian (Fa)
Other courses as approved by the program director.
Southern Culture
Honors Colloquium (Irregular)
The Old South, 1607-1865 (Odd years, Fa)
The New South, 1860 to the Present (Even years, Fa)
Other courses as approved by the program director.
Western or Frontier Studies
Arkansas and the Southwest (Sp, Fa)
The American Frontier (Odd years, Fa)
Arkansas Politics and the Nation (Sp)
Other courses as approved by the program director.