Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
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Add to your education by gaining a deeper understanding of American literature, history and society.
Featuring courses that run the gamut from anthropology to art to English to history to political science to the performing arts and more, a minor in American Studies is the perfect complement to a wide variety of degree plans.

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Why Earn an American Studies Minor?

American Studies exposes students to the foundations of American history and culture with particular attention to issues of race, gender, class, and the formation of American identity.

American Studies Minor Highlights

Our faculty hail from the top graduate programs in the country, are active scholars and researchers and are consistently recognized as some of the best teachers at UNT.
Some of our faculty honors include the BBC International Short Story Award, a $1 million U.S. State Department grant and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry.
As an English major, you can participate in a number of student organizations, including the Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society.
Creative writing students receive feedback from published writers, and the Visiting Writers Series provides a forum to meet accomplished authors.
You may also help faculty members with research projects or with one of the department's journals — the American Literary Review, Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies and Studies in the Novel.
At all levels, our class sizes are restricted in order to provide opportunities for collaboration with other students and close interaction with professors.

American Studies Minor Courses You Could Take

American Drama (3 hrs)
Offered as a historical survey of American drama or as a study of major authors and schools. Authors may include O’Neill, Miller, Williams, Hansberry, Albee.
Civil Rights and Black Power Movements in the U.S. (3 hrs)
Surveys the history of American civil rights movements from 1865 to the present, with special attention to the 1945–1968 period. Analyzes the background of the modern civil rights movement; the goals and strategies of its participants and those who opposed it; the role of the federal government in creating reforms; and the enduring importance of the movement in contemporary America.
History of American Media (3 hrs)
Main trends and economic, social, political, and technological factors and people that produced the institutions and traditions of the American mass media; emphasis on the changing roles of media and the impact of new communications technologies in the 21st century.
Popular Music in American Culture (3 hrs)
Historical development of popular musical styles, including Tin Pan Alley, Blues, Country and Western, Big Band Swing, 1950s Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues, Soul, the British Invasion, Art Rock, Punk, Reggae and Heavy Metal. These musical styles are explored as part of the sociocultural complex in which they developed.
Religion and American Society (3 hrs)
Subjects covered include religious pluralism in the United States, religion and civil rights, evolution and creationism, religion and gender, and religious response to cultural change.
Crime and Justice in the United States (3 hrs)
Examines the societal responses to people and organizations that violate criminal codes; discusses the history, development, organization and philosophy of the justice process; and analyzes the complex inter-relationships between the major components of the criminal justice system (police, courts and corrections).

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