Daniel Beller-McKennaASSOCIATE PROFESSORGraduate Coordinator
Jennifer BordaProfessorCo-Director, Civil Discourse Lab
Cliff BrownASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Nora DraperASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Meghan HoweyPROFESSORJames H. Hayes and Claire Short Hayes Professor of the Humanities
Josh LauerASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Jessica LeplerASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Cynthia Van ZandtASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
American Studies (Minor)
American Studies (Minor)
What is American studies?
The American studies minor is the interdisciplinary study of the traditions, institutions, history and culture of the United States in all its varied aspects. You’ll explore historical periods, art, politics, religion, popular culture,mass media and other features of American life. You’ll be able to focus on a historical period or a topic such as race, ethnicity, gender or class, as well as regional studies,or urban and rural environments. Students can use a minor in American studies to enhance their opportunities for careers in communication, law or sociology, or to prepare for graduate-level study.
Why study American studies at UNH?
At UNH, the American studies minor is an individualized program that will allow you to work with faculty from several different departments. You can choose a topic that interests you and build your coursework around it. Resources are available from the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research for independent research, and you’ll be encouraged to participate in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference, featuring the scholarly and creative research of more than1,800 undergraduate students from all academic disciplines.
Potential career areas
- Educational programming
- Museum administration
- Social work
Curriculum & Requirements
American studies is the interdisciplinary examination of American life and culture at regional, national, and international scales. It integrates perspectives from a wide variety of disciplines, including history, English, communications, political science, geography, sociology and the arts.
At UNH, the American studies minor is an individualized program of study that allows each student to choose from a broad range of courses offered by several different departments that best match their interests and needs. It is intended to encourage students with particular interests in the United States to develop those interests and learn more about the country from a variety of perspectives.
To earn a minor in American studies, students must complete five courses approved to satisfy minor requirements. At least one of those courses must concentrate on issues of race, gender, or ethnicity. No more than three courses may be at the 400 or 500 level, and no more than two courses may be taken in the same department. Students must earn a C-minus or better for a course to count toward minor requirements and must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in all courses taken for the minor.
|ANTH 697||Special Topics||4|
|ARTH 693||American Art||4|
|CMN 505||Analysis of Popular Culture||4|
|CMN 607||Persuasion in American Politics||4|
|CMN #757||Public Address and the American Experience||4|
|EDUC #717||Growing up Male in America||4|
|ENGL #517||Black Creative Expression||4|
|ENGL 738||Asian American Studies||4|
|ENGL 739||American Indian Literature||4|
|HIST 405||History of Early America||4|
|HIST 406||History of the Modern United States||4|
|HIST 410||Historic Survey of American Civilization||4|
|HIST #506||African American History||4|
|HIST 603||European Conquest of North America||4|
|HIST #611||Civil War Era||4|
|HIST 613||American Ways of War||4|
|HIST 618||American Environmental History||4|
|HIST #622||History of American Thought||4|
|HIST 620||Foreign Relations of the United States||4|
|ITAL 444A||Italians Come to America: Representing Emigration and Immigration on Both Sides of the Atlantic||4|
|MUSI 405||Survey of Music in America||4|
|NR #701||Ecological Sustainability and Values||4|
|POLT 402||American Politics and Government||4|
|POLT 403||United States in World Affairs||4|
|POLT 500||American Public Policy||4|
|POLT 508||Supreme Court and the Constitution||4|
|POLT 523||American Political Thought||4|
|RMP 511||Issues of Wilderness and Nature in American Society||4|
|THDA 450||History of Musical Theatre in America||4|
|WS 405||Gender, Power and Privilege||4|
Explore Program Details
American Studies is the interdisciplinary study of United States culture in all its varied aspects. Students learn to connect history, art, politics, religion, popular culture, literature, and other features of American life and to examine both the differences and the similarities among, for example, different racial and ethnic groups, historical periods, and media. Students may wish to focus their coursework in the minor around a particular topic, either chronologically or thematically. Examples include but are not limited to: a specific historical period (for example, the twentieth century); race, ethnicity, gender, or class in America; popular culture; the arts; Native American studies; regional studies; urban, rural, and natural environments; or, American institutions (such as education, sports, religion).