Global American Studies Minor

Department of American Studies

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Sharon Holland, Chair

Gabrielle Berlinger, Director of Undergraduate Studies

The minor in global American studies maps the reach of American cultures across political and geographical boundaries and through myriad exchanges and intersections. It encourages an engagement with “the global” that extends from the local and regional to the national and transnational, and back again. This minor situates the study of American culture in relation to both the recent effects of globalization and in recognition of the always-global character of “America.” Students may petition the director of undergraduate studies to have courses not listed approved to fulfill major or minor requirements. Such courses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The undergraduate minor in global American studies consists of five courses. Courses listed more than once can be counted for only one category. At least one course must be at the 300 level or above.

Core Requirements
Introduction (one of the following): 3
The Emergence of Modern America
Myth and History in American Memory
Literary Approaches to American Studies
Historical Approaches to American Studies
Defining America I H
Defining America II H
America in the World (at least one from the list below)3-9
The World in America (at least one from the list below)3-9
Total Hours15

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Students may elect to complete up to two approved American culture courses taken at an American studies international partner institution or other UNC-approved study abroad program. These courses should deal primarily with the United States, or with the interaction between American culture and one or more other cultures, or with the impact within the United States of other cultures. Courses must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies prior to beginning the study abroad experience.

If fewer than two courses are taken abroad, the student should increase the number of courses from the America in the World and The World in America lists above, to reach a total of five courses in the minor.

America in the World

AMST 259Tobacco and America3
AMST 277Globalization and National Identity H3
AMST 378Nation Building and National Identity in Australia and the United States H3
AMST 387Race and Empire in 20th-Century American Intellectual History3
CMPL 379Cowboys, Samurai, and Rebels in Film and Fiction H3
GSLL 280The Dialectic of Whiteness and Blackness in Atlantic Cultures3
HIST 212History of Sea Power3
HIST 213Air Power and Modern Warfare3
HIST 242United States-Latin American Relations3
HIST 281The Pacific War, 1937-1945: Its Causes and Legacy3
HIST 325Food and History: The Local and Global, the United Kingdom and the United States3
HIST 373The United States in World War II3
HIST 570The Vietnam War3
HIST 577United States Foreign Relations in the 20th Century3
HIST 578Transatlantic Relations and Contemporary Geo-Politics from the Cold War to the Present3
HIST/PWAD 205War, Diplomacy, and Statecraft, 1618-18153
HIST/PWAD 206War, Diplomacy, and Statecraft, 1815-19453
ITAL 339US-Italian Encounters: War, Tourism, Myth3
POLI 231Latin America and the United States in World Politics3
POLI 443American Foreign Policy: Formulation and Conduct3

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

The World in America

AMST 258Captivity and American Cultural Definition3
AMST 685Literature of the Americas3
AAAD 278Black Caribbeans in the United States3
AAAD 284Contemporary Perspectives on the African Diaspora in the Americas3
AAAD 286The African Diaspora in the Colonial Americas, 1450-18003
AAAD 340Diaspora Art and Cultural Politics3
AAAD 385Emancipation in the New World3
AAAD 485Transnational Black Feminist Thought and Practice3
AAAD 486/ARTH 453Africa in the American Imagination H3
ASIA 350The Asian American Experience3
EDUC 510Mexican American and Chicana/o Experience in Education3
ENGL 164Introduction to Latina/o Studies H3
ENGL 265Literature and Race, Literature and Ethnicity H3
ENGL 279Migration and Globalization3
ENGL 361Asian American Women's Writing3
GEOG 430Global Migrations, Local Impacts: Urbanization and Migration in the United States3
GEOG 452Mobile Geographies: The Political Economy of Migration3
HIST 271Ancient and Medieval Japanese History and Culture3
HIST 278The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade H3
PLCY 349Immigration Policy in the 21st Century3
POLI 450Contemporary Inter-American Relations H3
RELI 345Black Atlantic Religions H3
RELI 423Ethnicity, Race, and Religion in America3
RELI 445Asian Religions in America3
RELI 580African American Islam3
SLAV 469Coming to America: The Slavic Immigrant Experience in Literature3
WGST 211Introduction to Latina Feminisms: Literature, Theory, and Activism3
WGST 233Introduction to Latina Literature3

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

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