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Begin Date: Summer Session 2004
End Date: Summer Session 2013

American Studies - ARCHIVE

Berks College (AMSBL)

The Bachelor of Arts in American Studies at Berks College offers students a liberal arts education with a critical focus on the American experience. It provides students significant opportunities to explore American literature and history and to acquire an interdisciplinary perspective on the American experience through offerings in American Studies, communication arts and sciences, sociology, theatre, and other areas. Many of the courses in the program emphasize multicultural perspectives. Through course selection, internships, research projects, and study abroad opportunities, students are encouraged to individualize their major programs in ways that best serve their intellectual and vocational objectives.

Students are encouraged to meet with an adviser early in their academic program to design a program that will help them to meet their career goals, whether these include graduate school, law (or other professional) school, or other careers.

A minimum of 127 credits is required for the B.A. degree in American Studies.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 18 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 42 credits[1]

PRESCRIBED COURSES (21 credits)
HIST 020 GH;US(3), HIST 021 GH;US(3) (Sem: 1-2)
AM ST 100 GH(3) (Sem: 3-4)
ENGL 231W(3), ENGL 232W(3) (Sem: 3-6)
AM ST 322 US(3) (Sem: 5-6)
AM ST 491W(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (21 credits)
Select 3 credits of Internship, Research, or Foreign Study from the following:
AM ST 295(1-18), AM ST 494(1-12), AM ST 499 IL(1-12) (Sem: 7-8)
Select 6 credits of Multicultural from the following:
AM ST 104 GH;US(3), ENGL 135 GH;US(3), ENGL 139 GH;US(3), HIST 152 GH;US;IL(3), HIST 179 GH;IL(3), SOC 103 US(3) (Sem: 1-4)
THEA 208 GA;US;IL(3) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 3 credits from the following:
AM ST 105 GH;US(3), AM ST 140W GH;US(3), PL SC 001 GS(3), SOC 001 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
ART H 307 GA(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 9 credits from the following:
AM ST 421(3), AM ST 404(3), AM ST 405(3), AM ST 430 US(3), HIST 458W(3), HIST 459Y US(3), HIST 467 US;IL(3), HSTRY 488(3), ENGL 430(3), ENGL 431 US(3), ENGL 434(3), ENGL 437(3), CAS 415(3), CAS 478(3), SOC 409 US(3), SOC 432(3), THEA 405(3), THEA 412 US;IL(3) (Sem: 5-8)
AM ST 491W(3)* (Sem: 7-8)

*may be repeated for up to 6 credits total

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2004

Blue Sheet Item #: 32-01-026

Review Date: 1/23/06

UCA Revision #2: 7/26/07

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