Robert B. Cochran
Chair of Studies
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rcochran@uark.edu

The American Studies program offers a major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The program offers a wide variety of courses from at least five departments spreading across the arts, social sciences, and humanities. Students who major in American Studies then work intensively in an individually chosen area of emphasis. Students majoring in American Studies combine a wide-ranging and sharply focused academic base that prepares students either for graduate study or for employment in jobs such as the tourism industry, museums and historical societies, university presses, academic journals, and literary magazines.

Requirements for a Major in American Studies: In addition to the University Core requirements and the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements, the following course requirements must be met. Bolded courses from the list below may be applied to portions of the University/state minimum core requirements.

The American Studies major program requires 30 semester hours, which must include the following:

  1. Three hours Introduction to American Studies, AMST 2003.
  2. Three hours of American history, HIST 2003 or HIST 2013 .
  3. Three hours of American National Government, PLSC 2003 .
  4. Three hours of American literature to be selected from ENGL 3833, ENGL 3843, or ENGL 3863. (Papers submitted in this course will fulfill the Fulbright College writing requirement.)
  5. Eighteen hours to be selected from the following courses, with the selection to include:
A. Select one of the following: 3
Architecture of the Americas (Irregular)
American Art to 1860 (Irregular)
American Art 1860-1960 (Irregular)
American Film Survey (Fa)
American Public Address (Irregular)
Rhetoric of the Modern American Presidency (Irregular)
Television and American Culture (Fa)
Special Topics in Music History (Sp, Fa)
B. Select one of the following: 3
Indians of North America (Irregular)
Urban Geography (Sp)
Race, Class, and Gender in America (Sp, Fa)
C. Select one of the following: 3
Public Policy (Fa)
American Foreign Policy (Fa)
Contemporary American Political Thought (Irregular)
American Political Parties (Irregular)
D. Select three courses to form a focused study to be approved by the chair of studies.9
The following are examples of possible focused study:
African American Culture
African American History to 1877 (Sp, Fa)
and other approved courses.
Contemporary Politics
Rhetoric of the Modern American Presidency (Irregular)
Recent America, 1941 to the Present (Irregular)
Urban Sociology (Fa)
and other approved courses.
Gender Issues
Honors Colloquium (Irregular)
and other approved courses.
Native American Culture
Indians of North America (Irregular)
Indians of Arkansas and the South (Odd years, Sp)
History of the American Indian (Fa)
and other approved courses.
Southern Culture
Honors Colloquium (Irregular)
The Old South, 1607-1865 (Odd years, Fa)
The New South, 1860 to the Present (Even years, Fa)
and other approved courses.
Western or Frontier Studies
Arkansas and the Southwest (Sp, Fa)
The American Frontier (Odd years, Fa)
Arkansas Politics and the Nation (Sp)
and other approved courses.
Total Hours18

Requirements for the Major in American Studies with Emphasis on Regional Studies: Students wishing to major in American Studies with emphasis on regional studies may complete requirements (1), (2), (3), (4), and (5) as all majors. They must also complete  PLSC 3223 to satisfy requirement (5C). Either HIST 4563 or HIST 4573 must also be completed in partial satisfaction of requirement (5D). The six remaining hours needed to complete requirement (5D) should be taken as approved by the chair of studies.

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.

Requirements for Honors in American Studies:  Both the College and the Departmental Honors Program in American Studies provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to participate formally in scholarly research activities.  Admission to the Fulbright Honors Program is open to American Studies majors with a minimum, cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 in all of their coursework.  Honors candidates must complete a minimum of 12 hours of honors courses, which may include up to 6 hours of thesis.  Honors candidates carry out independent study and research under the guidance of an American Studies or related faculty and participate in special honors classes, seminars, and colloquia. To successfully complete the required thesis, students should choose an honors thesis adviser as early as possible.  An adviser should be selected, and an Honors Agreement completed, no later than the first semester in a student’s junior year. 

Honors candidates must meet the college's requirements for an honors degree. Students graduating with honors typically graduate cum laude. Higher degree distinctions (magna cum laude, summa cum laude) are awarded by the Honors Council, are recommended only in truly exceptional cases, and are based upon the whole of the candidate’s program of honors studies.

Courses

AMST 2003. Introduction to American Studies (Fa). 3 Hours.

Introduction to American Studies as an interdisciplinary field of study. Examination of a selected topic from various methodological perspectives.

Caree A. Banton, Assistant Professor
M. Keith Booker, Professor
Alessandro Brogi, Professor
Juan Jose Bustamante, Assistant Professor
Dale Carpenter, Professor
Kameri Christy, Professor
Robert Brady Cochran II, Professor
Kathleen Condray, Associate Professor
Lisa Corrigan, Associate Professor
JoAnn D'Alisera, Associate Professor
Geffrey Davis, Assistant Professor
Lauren J. DeCarvalho, Assistant Professor
Andrew J. Dowdle, Professor
Rodney L. Engen, Associate Professor
Kirstin C. Erickson, Associate Professor
Alishia Juanelle Ferguson, Clinical Assistant Professor
Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, University Professor, Bernice Jones Chair of Community and Family Institute
Joel S. Freund, Associate Professor
Jim Gigantino II, Associate Professor
Lisa Hinrichsen, Associate Professor
Brandon Jackson, Assistant Professor
Toni Jensen, Assistant Professor
Linda Carol Jones, Associate Professor
Kristen N. Jozkowski, Associate Professor
Brinck Kerr III, Professor
Jonathan Saul Marion, Associate Professor
Susan M. Marren, Associate Professor
Angie Maxwell, Associate Professor, Diane D. Blair Professor of Southern Studies
Matthew W. Mihalka, Instructor
Yajaira Padilla, Associate Professor
Janine A. Parry, Professor
Michael C. Pierce, Associate Professor
April Rand, Assistant Professor
Luis Fernando Restrepo, University Professor
Robin Roberts, Professor
Steven Rosales, Assistant Professor
Thomas Rosteck Jr., Associate Professor
Frank Milo Scheide, Professor
William D. Schreckhise, Associate Professor
Stephanie Ricker Schulte, Associate Professor
Thomas D. Senor, Professor
Marcia A. Shobe, Professor
Kathryn Ann Sloan, Associate Professor
Brent Lamar Smith, Distinguished Professor
Patrick A. Stewart, Associate Professor
Daniel E. Sutherland, Distinguished Professor
Ted R. Swedenburg, Professor
Patsy Watkins, Associate Professor
Jeannie Whayne, University Professor
Robert Howard Wicks, Professor
Patrick George Williams, Professor
Steven K. Worden, Associate Professor
Kay Yandell, Assistant Professor
Anna Zajicek, Professor