American Studies, BA

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2017-2018. Learn more about University Academic Regulation 3.1.

Minimum Overall Grade Point Average: 2.00
Total Hours: 120

Finish in Four (Example Four-Year Class Schedule Plan for American Studies, BA)

General Education Requirements
English Composition
See Academic Regulation 3.5
ENGL 1113Composition I3
or ENGL 1313 Critical Analysis and Writing I
Select one of the following:3
Composition II
Critical Analysis and Writing II
Technical Writing
American History & Government
HIST 1103Survey of American History3
POLS 1113American Government3
Analytical & Quantitative Thought (A)
MATH or STAT course designated (A)3
Humanities (H)
Courses designated (H)6
Natural Sciences (N)
Must include one Laboratory Science (L) course
Courses designated (N)6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (S)
Course designated (S)3
Additional General Education
Courses designated (A), (H), (N), or (S)10
Hours Subtotal40
Diversity (D) & International Dimension (I)
May be completed in any part of the degree plan
Select at least one Diversity (D) course
Select at least one International Dimension (I) course
College/Departmental Requirements
First Year Seminar
A&S 1111A&S First Year Seminar1
Arts & Humanities
See note 2.a.9
Natural & Mathematical Sciences
See note 2.b.3
Foreign Language
See note 39
Non-Western Studies
At least one course
See note 2.d.
Upper-Division General Education
Select 6 hours outside major department
See note 2.c.
Hours Subtotal22
Major Requirements
Minimum GPA 2.50. Minimum grade of “C” in all AMST upper-division courses.
No more than 9 hours in Major Requirements may be taken from 2000 level courses
AMST 3223Theories and Methods of American Studies3
AMST 4973Senior Seminar in American Studies3
American Studies
Select 9 hours (6 hours must be upper division) of AMST courses 19
American History
Select 6 hours of the following (3 hours must be upper-division):6
Oklahoma History
American Thought and Culture: Survey (H)
Religion in America (H)
African Diaspora History (H)
American Colonial Period to 1750 (H)
Era of the American Revolution (H)
Early National Period, 1787-1828 (H)
The Jacksonian Era, 1828-1850 (H)
Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
Robber Barons and Reformers: U.S. History, 1877-1919 (H)
United States History, 1919-45 (DH)
United States History Since 1945 (DH)
The Modern West (H)
Women in the American West (DH)
Trans-Mississippi West (DH)
American Southwest (DH)
Old South (S)
Native American History (DH)
Food and Culture (H)
Historic Preservation
Digital Methods in History
African American History, 1619-1865 (DH)
African American History, 1865-Present (DH)
Black Intellectual History (DH)
U.S. Foreign Relations to 1945 (H)
U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1945 (H)
American Military History (H)
History and Film (H)
American Cultural History to 1865 (H)
American Cultural History Since 1865 (H)
Frontier in American Memory (DH)
American Urban History (H)
American Economic History (S)
American Environmental History (H)
Vietnam War (HI)
Gender in America (D)
Cold War (HI)
America in International Perspective (H)
American Literary and Cultural Studies
Select 6 hours of the following:6
Introduction to Film and Television (H)
Survey of American Literature I (D)
Survey of American Literature II (DH)
Readings in Literature by Women (DH)
Native American Literature (DH)
Readings in Postcolonial and Multiethnic Literature
African-American Literature (DH)
Popular Fiction
Studies in Film Genre (H)
History of American Film (H)
Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in American Film (D)
Television and American Society (DH)
Readings in the American Experience (DH)
Language in America
Studies in Early American Literature
Studies in 19th Century American Literature
Studies in 20th Century American Literature
Studies in Native American Literature
Studies in Regional Literature
Culture and the Moving Image
Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies
Select 6 hours of the following:6
Introduction to American Indian Studies (D)
American Indian Sovereignty (D)
Television & American Soc (DH)
Film And American Society (H)
The Arts and American Society
History Of American Art (DH)
Introduction to Digital Humanities
Harlem Renaissance (DH)
History of American Art (DH)
History of 20th Century Art (HI)
Art Since 1960
Native American Art and Material Culture
Historical Geography of the United States (H)
Geography of Music (H)
Geographic Perspectives on American Women's Travel Accounts Then and Now
Transnational Women’s Studies (S)
Introduction to Gender Studies (DH)
Theorizing Sexualities (D)
Race and Reproduction in the U.S. (D)
Gender and Representation (D)
Feminist Theories
Theorizing Men and Masculinities
America’s Ethnic Music (DH)
Survey of Rock and Roll I
Survey of Rock and Roll II
Philosophy and Culture (H)
Ethical Theory (H)
Social Philosophy (H)
Philosophy of Religion (H)
Philosophy of Race (DH)
American Philosophy (H)
Philosophy of Law (H)
Philosophy and the Arts (H)
The Religions of Native Americans (DH)
Religion, Culture and Society
American Christianity through the Colonial Period (H)
Social Sciences
Select 6 hours of the following:6
Government and Business
American Economic History (S)
Urban and Regional Economics
Urban Geography (S)
Political Geography (IS)
Cultural Geography (S)
Geography of Indian Country (DS)
Geography Of Oklahoma (S)
Exploring North America and Diversity (DS)
Environment and Development
Geography of Travel and Tourism
Sport, Place and Society (S)
The Individual And The Law
Parties Interest Group
Voting and Elections
Political Campaigns and Candidacy
The Legislative Process
The American Presidency
Public Policy
Public Opinion and Polling
Money, Media And Politics
Political Lobby and Grassroots Organization
State and Local Government
Introduction to Political Thought
Politics in Contemporary Film
Minorities in the American Political System (DS)
State Courts and the Bar
Race, Politics and Sports(D)
Courts and Judicial Process (S)
Advanced Topics in American Politics
America Foreign Policy
Social Movements
Environmental Law And Policy
Urban Politics and Management
American Political Thought
Democratic Theory
Oklahoma Politics (S)
Gender and Politics
U.S. Constitution: Civil Rights and Liberties
U.S. Constitution: Civil Liberties
Racial and Ethnic Relations (DS)
Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Juvenile Delinquency (DS)
Religion, Culture and Society
Sociology of Aging (DS)
Gender and Work (DS)
Sexuality in American Society (S)
Criminology (S)
Social Stratification (S)
Environmental Sociology (S)
Environmental Inequality (S)
Technology and Society
Oklahoma Environmental Sociology
Sociology of Gender (S)
American Marriage, Family and Male-Female Relationships (S)
Select 9 hours of upper-division related courses9
Hours Subtotal48
Select 10 hours10
May need to include 6 hours upper-division general education outside major department (see note 2.c.), and 1 additional upper-division hour
Hours Subtotal10
Total Hours120

AMST 3223 Theories and Methods of American Studies and AMST 4973 Senior Seminar in American Studies are excluded as well as courses listed in the following four categories: American History, American Literary and Cultural Studies, Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies, and Social Sciences.

Other Requirements

  • See the College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.
  • Upper-Division Credit: Total hours must include at least 40 hours in courses numbered 3000 or above.
  • Hours in One Department: Hours in one department in excess of 54 will be added to the minimum total of 120 required for graduation

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  1. General Education Requirements
    No more than two courses (or eight hours) from the major department may be used to meet General Education and College and Departmental Requirements. The General Education required English Composition, required U.S. History, required American Government, one required MATH or STAT course, and required foreign language for B.A. degrees do not count against the two-course maximum.
  2. A&S College/Departmental Requirements
    1. Arts and Humanities are defined as any course carrying an (H) designation or courses from AMST, ART, DANC, ENGL (except ENGL 3323 Technical Writing) HIST, MUSI, PHIL (except PHIL 1313 Logic and Critical Thinking (A), PHIL 3003 Symbolic Logic (A) and PHIL 4003 Mathematical Logic and Computability), REL, TH, and foreign languages.
    2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences are defined as any course from the following prefixes: ASTR, BIOC, BIOL, BOT, CHEM, CS (except CS 4883 Social Issues in Computing), GEOL, MATH, MICR, PHYS, and STAT; or courses from other departments that carry an (A) or (N) general education designation.
    3. The required six hours of upper-division General Education may not include courses from the student’s major department. This requirement may be satisfied by courses also used to satisfy any part of a student’s degree program (i.e., in General Education, College Departmental Requirements, Major Requirements or Electives).
    4. Non-Western Studies Requirement for B.A. and B.F.A.; One 3-hour course in Non-Western Studies from:
      AMIS 2013Introduction to American Indian Studies (D)3
      AMIS 4013American Indian Sovereignty (D)3
      ANTH 3443Peoples of Mesoamerica (IS)3
      ANTH 4223The Aztec Empire (H)3
      ART 3693Survey of Asian Art (H)3
      ART 3733History of Latin American Art I3
      ART 4603History of Ancient Egyptian Art3
      ART 4653History of Indian Art3
      ART 4663History of Chinese Art (H)3
      ART 4673History of Japanese Art3
      ART 4683Modern and Contemporary Art in Asia3
      ART 4703Art East and West: Biases and Borrowings3
      ART 4713 The Visual Culture of the Islamic World (HI)3
      ART 4763Native American Art and Material Culture3
      CHIN 1813Elementary Chinese II3
      ENGL 2963Survey of Nonwestern Traditions (HI)3
      ENGL 3183Native American Literature (DH)3
      ENGL 3190Readings in Postcolonial and Multiethnic Literature (African Novel)3
      ENGL 4330Studies in Native American Literature3-6
      FLL 1000Special Studies in Foreign Languages and Literatures (Arabic 2 & Mvskoke2)1-10
      GEOG 3053Introduction to Central Asian Studies (IS)3
      GEOG 3733Russia and Its Neighbors (IS)3
      GEOG 3753Asia (IS)3
      GEOG 3763Africa (IS)3
      GEOG 3783The Middle East (IS)3
      HIST 1713Survey of Eastern Civilization (H)3
      HIST 3013Ancient Egypt and Israel (H)3
      HIST 3043Ancient Mesopotamia: Iraq, Iran & Syria from 4000-333 B.C. (H)3
      HIST 3053Introduction to Central Asian Studies (IS)3
      HIST 3123The History of Modern Africa (HI)3
      HIST 3133African Diaspora History (H)3
      HIST 3153Russia to 1861 (H)3
      HIST 3163Russia Since 1861 (HI)3
      HIST 3203The Medieval World, 500-1500 (H)3
      HIST 3403East Asia to 1800 (H)3
      HIST 3413East Asia Since 1800 (HI)3
      HIST 3423Modern Japan (HI)3
      HIST 3433Modern China (HI)3
      HIST 3443Gender Relations in Chinese History (H)3
      HIST 3503Medieval Islamic History (H)3
      HIST 3513Modern Middle East (HI)3
      HIST 3523History of South Asia 1700 - Present (HI)3
      HIST 3543Israel & Palestine in Modern Times (HI)3
      HIST 3553Media and Popular Culture in the Arab Middle East (HI)3
      HIST 3583Minorities and Diversity in the Middle East (H)3
      HIST 3793Native American History (DH)3
      HONR 3033Contemporary Cultures of the Non-Western World: Honors (IS)3
      JAPN 1813Elementary Japanese II3
      JAPN 2813Intermediate Japanese I3
      JAPN 3713Intermediate Japanese II3
      MUSI 3583Traditional World Music (HI)3
      PHIL 3943Asian Philosophy (HI)3
      PHIL 4943Indian Philosophy3
      PHIL 4953East Asian Philosophy3
      POLS 3003The Soviet Union: History, Society and Culture(IS)3
      POLS 3053 Introduction to Central Asian Studies (IS)3
      POLS 3123Politics of Russia and Eurasia (I)3
      POLS 3163Politics of Africa (I)3
      POLS 3223Politics Of East Asia3
      POLS 3313Politics Of The Middle East3
      REL 1103Introduction to World Religions (HI)3
      REL 3573The Religions of Native Americans (DH)3
      REL 4113The World of Islam: Cultural Perspectives (HI)3
      REL 4213Understanding Global Islam (HI)3
      REL 4223Religions and Sects in the Middle East (HI)3
      RUSS 1813Elementary Russian II3
      RUSS 3003The Soviet Union: History, Society and Culture (IS)3
      RUSS 3053Introduction to Central Asian Studies (IS)3
      RUSS 3123Russian Culture and Civilization (H)3
      RUSS 4013Survey of Russian Literature I3
      RUSS 4023Survey of Russian Literature II3
      RUSS 4113Russian Literature in Translation I (H)3
      RUSS 4123Russian Literature in Translation II3
      SOC 4533World Population Problems3
      SOC 4653Gender and the Middle East (IS)3

      This requirement may be satisfied by courses also used to satisfy any part of a student’s degree program (i.e., in General Education, College Departmental Requirements, Major Requirements or Electives).
    5. The College of Arts & Sciences requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in all major requirements and a minimum 2.0 GPA in all major-prefix courses.
  3. Foreign Language Proficiency
    1. The foreign language requirement for the B.A. may be satisfied by 9 hours college credit in the same language, which must include 3 hours at the 2000-level, or equivalent proficiency (e.g., passing an advanced standing examination; TOEFI exam; presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates the high school was primarily conducted in a language other than English; etc.). Computer Science courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement. Currently Arabic and Mvskoke are not offered at the 2000-level at OSU.
    2. The foreign language requirement for the B.S., B.M. and B.F.A. may be satisfied by presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates two years of study of a single foreign language (passing grades at second year level of study). It may also be satisfied by 6 hours college credit, which must include language courses 1713 and 1813, or equivalent proficiency (e.g., passing an advanced standing examination; completing a 2000-level course or higher in the language; TOEFI exam; presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates the high school was primarily conducted in a language other than English; etc.). Computer Science courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
    3. In addition to a. and b., students pursuing teacher certification must meet novice-high foreign language proficiency by presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates two years of study of a single foreign language with no grade below B. Or, students may complete 3 hours college credit in a single language with no grade below C (or pass an advanced standing examination, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam, or Oral Proficiency Interview developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, equivalent to 3 hours of college credit.) Or, students may meet the requirement by transfer of documentation of meeting the foreign language competency from one of the teacher education programs in the State of Oklahoma approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
  4. Exclusions
    1. Courses used to satisfy the General Education English Composition, U.S. History, American Government, and Mathematics or Statistics requirements will not count toward the 54 hour maximum allowed from one department.
    2. Courses with ATHL or LEIS prefixes and leisure activity courses may not be used for degree credit.
  5. Teacher Certification
    Students can satisfy the requirements for secondary schools teaching certification while earning a B.A. or B.S. in the College of Arts & Sciences. Those interested should see their Arts and Sciences adviser and the OSU Professional Education Unit in room 325 Willard.

Additional State/OSU Requirements

  • At least: 60 hours at a four-year institution; 30 hours completed at OSU; 15 of the final 30 or 50% of the upper-division hours in the major field completed at OSU.
  • Limit of: one-half of major course requirements as transfer work; one-fourth of hours earned by correspondence; 8 transfer correspondence hours.
  • Students will be held responsible for degree requirements in effect at the time of matriculation and any changes that are made, so long as these changes do not result in semester credit hours being added or do not delay graduation.
  • Degrees that follow this plan must be completed by the end of Summer 2023.