Liberal Arts: American Studies

Transfer Major

Decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students enrolled in this major should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of Social & Behavioral Science
Penn 301 • Phone (215) 968- 8270
Curriculum Code No. 1107

This major offers students a view of the American experience from different, though interrelated, perspectives in the social sciences, arts, and humanities. Through the study of history, sociology, geography, economics, and political science, students explore how these independent disciplines define American culture in its social, intellectual, and physical environments.

American Studies offers a well-rounded educational background and encourages a greater awareness of the historical and contemporary cultural patterns that characterize national life. The major serves those contemplating careers in areas such as government and public administration, historic preservation and archaeological investigation, library science, museum and archival work, media and communications, research and teaching, journalism and publishing, urban and regional planning, public relations, and foreign service.

Degree Course Requirements

VAFA194 American Art History 3
COMM110 Effective Speaking H 3
COMP110 English Composition I B,H,1 3
COMP111 English Composition II H2 3
ECON111 Principles of Economics: Macro 3 3
GEOG105 Geography of the U.S./Canada 3
HIST100 American Studies Seminar A 3
HIST151 U.S. History: Young America 4 3
HIST152 U.S. History: Modern America 4 3
LITR231 American Literature to 1865 4 3
LITR232 American Literature from 1865 4 3
POLI111 American National Government 3 3
POLI112 American Political Issues
or
POLI120 American State and Local Government 3
SOCI110 Introduction to Sociology
or
SOCI140 Peoples of America 3
College Level Mathematics B or Science E 3
Creative Expression C 2
Electives G 8
Integration of Knowledge F,5 3
Personal Health D 2
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Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

COMP110 English Composition I B,H,1 3
HIST151 U.S. History: Young America 4 3
POLI111 American National Government 3 3
SOCI110 Introduction to Sociology
or
SOCI140 Peoples of America 3
Elective G 3
15

Second Semester

VAFA194 American Art History 3
COMP111 English Composition II H,2 3
GEOG105 Geography of the U.S./Canada 3
HIST152 U.S. History: Modern America 4 3
COMM110 Effective Speaking H 3
15

Third Semester

ECON111 Principles of Economics: Macro 3 3
LITR231 American Literature to 1865 4 3
POLI112 American Political Issues
or
POLI120 American State and Local Government 3
College Level Mathematics B or Science E 3
Elective G 2
14

Fourth Semester

HIST100 American Studies Seminar 1 3
LITR232 American Literature from 1865 4 3
College Level Mathematics B or Science E 3
Creative Expression C 2
Integration of Knowledge F,5 3
Personal Health D 2
16

A Prerequisites are two courses in U.S. History.
B Placement testing required.
C Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen except COMM110.
D Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen except PHED129, HLTH110, COMM105, and PSYC100.
E Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen except MATH110 and MGMT120.
F Any INTG course may be chosen.
G Pre-college level courses do not meet this requirement.
H Course requires prerequisite.

1 Satisfies College Writing Level I.
2 Satisfies College Writing Level II.
3 Satisfies Social Perspectives.
4 Satisfies Cultural Perspectives. The following additional American content courses are recommended: GEOG115, HIST160, HUMN125, MUSC105.
5 Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement.