Concentration Requirements for the Classes of 2011 and 2012
Students must take ten upper-level courses to fulfill the requirements for a concentration in American Civilization. The rules governing the choice of these courses are as follows:
- Completion of four (three, if opting for four focus courses) of the numerous 1000-level survey courses offered by the Department's faculty. These courses examine a wide variety of topics and themes and are designed to provide concentrators with a broad foundation in the interdisciplinary study of U.S. society and culture.
- Completion of three (four, if opting for three 1000 level courses) upper-level courses which together define a coherent area of specialization within the concentration by focusing on a particular problem, topic, or area of American society and culture. These courses, which may be taken in any department in the university, should be upper-level and pertain to U.S. society and culture. Other students have prepared successful focus areas in a wide range of fields including: American popular culture, 1960-2004; Education, Race and Class; Health Care Policies; the Sixties; women's history, 1850 to the present; Nineteenth century material culture; religious practice during the twentieth century.
- Completion of a proseminar/writing seminar preferably before the senior year. This requirement can be fulfilled in two ways: either by taking AMCV0190 or AMCV0150 prior to the junior year; or by taking an upper-level seminar course in American Civilization or in another department, in which the reading and writing assignments focus on some aspect of U.S. society and culture.
- Completion of the Junior Seminar, AMCV1700. This course is designed to allow students to read classics in the field and explore interdisciplinary methods.
- Completion of an AMCV1900 seminar in the senior year. The aim of this final senior seminar is to apply the interdisciplinary skills learned in the field of American Civilization to a semester-long in-depth study of a particular topic.