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American Studies
American Studies engages students in an examination of the culture and society of the United States with attention paid to the ways in which Americans express their basic values and give meaning to their institutions and everyday social practices. These values, institutions, and practices are a reflection, in part, of the different experiences of a people, according to their race, gender, class, and historical roots. These guidelines provide students and faculty the opportunity to explore the commonalities and differences among Americans through an interdisciplinary course of study.

Program Summary

A. General Education (35-41 hours)

See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program requirements. Students who have completed one year of American History in high school are exempted from the six credit-hour History General Education Program requirement; otherwise, students will have to meet the History requirement.

B. American Studies Concentration (33 hours)
Required Core: (take all of the following)
HIST 2010 The United States to 1877
HIST 2020 The United States Since 1877
UNIV 3531 American Experience: Images and Narrative
Group 1: Literature, Communications and Fine Arts
(Take at least 4 courses from this group)
ARTH 4166 Social History of American Art
ARTH 4185 African-American Art
COMM 3361 African-American Rhetoric
COMM 4360 American Eloquence
COMM 4381 Senior Seminar in Rhetoric and Communication
COMM 4851 Film History II (1940-1960)
COMM 4856 Women and Film
ENGL 3327 American Literature to 1865
ENGL 3328 American Literature since 1865
ENGL 3521 The American Language
ENGL 4372 Major African-American Authors Through the Harlem Renaissance
ENGL 4373 Major African-American Authors Since the Harlem Renaissance
HIST 3863 Social and Intellectual History of the United States
JOUR 1700 Survey of Mass Communication
JOUR 3700 History of Journalism
JOUR 4702 Current Issues in Journalism
MUHL 4801 American Folk and Popular Music
MUHL 4805 History of Rock and Roll
MUHL 4806 History of Jazz
MUHL 4807 Memphis Music
SLS 3105 Sports and Leisure as Popular Culture
Group 2: History, Philosophy, Politics and Social Institutions
(Take at least 4 courses from this group)
ANTH 4336 Native Peoples of the Mid-South
ANTH 3282 American Communities
ANTH 4420 American Folklore
CJUS 3326 Courts in America
CJUS 3426 Corrections in America
ECON 3210 Labor Economics
ECON 3411 Economics of Social Issues
ESCI 3401 Historical Geography of the United States
HIST 3035 Technology and Culture in American History
HIST 3823 Economic History of the U.S.
HIST 3905 History of Memphis
HIST 4670 Civil War and Reconstruction
HIST 4701 The United States: 1914 to the Second World War
HIST 4851 History of Women in America
HIST 3881 African-American History
HIST 4941 History of the American Indian
LEAD 4000 Education/School/American Society
PADM 4221 Issues in Urban Administration
PHIL 3880 Problems in Philosophy (when topic pertains to the U.S. )
PHIL 3741 African-American Philosophy
POLS 3102 Religion and Politics
POLS 3217 The Political Media
POLS 3220 U.S. Congress
POLS 3506 American Foreign Policy
POLS 4211 Constitutional Law: National Powers
POLS 4212 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberty
POLS 4224 Urban Problems
POLS 4405 Origin and Development of American Political Thought
POLS 4506 Problems of American Foreign Policy
SLS 4145 The Cultural Formation of Sports in Urban America
SOCI 3420 Sociology of the South
SOCI 4420 Racial Inequality
SOCI 4460 Black and White Women in the South
SOCI 4631 Cities in Change

C. Thematic Studies (6 hours)

D. Senior Project (3 hours)

UNIV 4995 Senior Project (completed during the final semester)

E. Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120 with a minimum of 42 upper-division hours.

Course Descriptions

College of Arts and Sciences

Aerospace Studies (AERO)
African and African American Studies (AAAS)
Anthropology (ANTH)
Biology (BIOL)
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
Chemistry (CHEM)
City and Regional Planning (PLAN)
Computer Science (COMP)
Criminology and Criminal Justice (CJUS)
Earth Sciences (ESCI)
English (ENGL)
Emergency Management (EMGT)
Environmental Studies (ENVR)
Health Administration (HADM)
History (HIST)
International Studies (INTL)
Judaic Studies (JDST)
Mathematics (MATH)
Military Science (ARMY)
Naval Science (NAVY)
Philosophy (PHIL)
Physics (PHYS)
Political Science (POLS)
Public and Nonprofit Administration (PADM)
Psychology (PSYC)
Religious Studies (RLGN)
Social Work (SWRK)
Sociology (SOCI)
Women's Studies (WMST)

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Arabic (ARAB)
Chinese (CHIN)
Classics (CLAS)
French (FREN)
German (GERM)
Greek (GREK)
Hebrew (HEBR)
Italian (ITAL)
Japanese (JAPN)
Languages and Literature (LALI)
Latin (LATN)
Portuguese (PORT)
Russian (RUSS)
Spanish (SPAN)

Fogelman College of Business and Economics

Accountancy (ACCT)
Business Administration (BA)
Economics (ECON)
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (FIR)
Management Information Systems (MIS)
Management (MGMT)
Marketing (MKTG))
Supply Chain Management Science (SCMS)

College of Communication and Fine Arts

Architecture (ARCH)
Art (ART)
Art History (ARTH)
Communication (COMM)
Communication/Fine Arts (CCFA)
Dance (DANC)
Interior Design (IDES)
Journalism (JOUR)
Theatre (THEA)


Applied Music (MUAP)
Music Appreciation (MUS)
Music Education (MUSE)
Music History, Literature, and Appreciation (MUHL)
Music Industry (MUID)
Music Theory and Composition (MUTC)
Sacred Music (MUSA)

College of Education, Health and Human Sciences

Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research

Counseling and Personnel Services (COUN)
Educational Psychology and Research (EDPR)

Health and Sport Sciences

Dietetics (NUTR)
Health and Human Performance (EXSS)
Health and Sport Sciences (HMSE)
Healthcare Leadership (HCL)
Health Promotion (HPRO)
Physical Education Activities (PHED)
Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)
Sport and Leisure Commerce (SLC)
Sport and Leisure Management (SLS)

Instruction and Curriculum Leadership

Early Childhood Education (ECED)
Educational Services (EDSV)
Elementary Education (ELED)
Instruction and Curriculum Leadership (ICL)
Instructional Design and Technology (IDT)
Leadership (LEAD)
Reading (RDNG)
Special Education (SPED)

Herff College of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering (BIOM)
Civil Engineering (CIVL)
Electrical and Computer Engineering (EECE)
Engineering (ENGR)
Mechanical Engineering (MECH)
Technology (TECH)

Loewenberg School of Nursing

Nursing (NURS)

University College

Family and Consumer Science (CSED)
Merchandising (MRCH)
Paralegal Studies (LEGL)
University College (UNIV)

Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management

Hospitality and Resort Management (HPRM)

Independent Programs

Orientation Program (ACAD)
University Honors Program (UNHP)
University of Memphis Libraries (LBRY)

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