American Studies, Advanced Certificate

Students may begin this 12-credit certificate in the fall, spring or summer terms. The required courses (LACS 6050 and LACS 6055) and some suggested electives, are listed in the table below. Students should work with their advisor to determine the appropriate electives and enrollment sequencing.

LACS 6050Seminar in American Studies3
LACS 6055American Studies: Theories & Methods3
One elective in American culture, arts and history such as:3
American History Culture & the Arts
American Modernism
Culture of the Jazz Age
Plus one elective in American racial and ethnic diversity or American gender and sexuality such as: 3
Race and Gender in US History since the Civil War
Diagnosing Desire: Gender & Medicine in US History
Women & Humor
American Women Writers
Total Credits12

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Articulate the theories and methods of American Studies as a discipline over time.
  • Examine questions of American identity.
  • Articulate issues of racial and ethnic diversity, class difference, and issues of gender and sexuality.
  • Broaden cultural literacy in areas of popular culture, material and visual culture, the arts, media, literature, and history.
  • Demonstrate graduate level research, writing and analytic abilities.