American Studies, BS

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

General Education Requirements
English Composition
See Academic Regulation 3.5
ENGL 1113Composition I (or)3
ENGL 1313Critical Analysis and Writing I3
Select one of the following:3
ENGL 1213Composition II3
ENGL 1413Critical Analysis and Writing II3
ENGL 3323Technical Writing3
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)
Courses designated (S)3
Additional General Education
Courses designated (A), (H), (N), or (S)10
Subtotal Hours40
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.3
Natural & Mathematical Sciences
See note 2.b.9
Foreign Language
See note 30-6
Upper-division General Education
6 hours outside AMST, American History and American Literature
See note 2.c.
Subtotal Hours13
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 other than AMST 3223 and AMST 4973; and courses listed in the following four categories.9
American History
Select 6 hours of the following (3 hours must be upper-division):6
HIST 2323Oklahoma History3
HIST 2333American Thought and Culture: Survey (H)3
HIST 2343Religion in America (H)3
HIST 3133African Diaspora History (H)3
HIST 3613American Colonial Period to 1750 (H)3
HIST 3623Era of the American Revolution (H)3
HIST 3633Early National Period, 1787-1828 (H)3
HIST 3643The Jacksonian Era, 1828-1850 (H)3
HIST 3653Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-18773
HIST 3663Robber Barons and Reformers: U.S. History, 1877-1919 (H)3
HIST 3673United States History, 1919-45 (DH)3
HIST 3683United States History Since 1945 (DH)3
HIST 3693The Modern West (H)3
HIST 3713Women in the American West (DH)3
HIST 3753Trans-Mississippi West (DH)3
HIST 3763American Southwest (DH)3
HIST 3773Old South (S)3
HIST 3793Native American History (DH)3
HIST 3803Food and Culture (H)3
HIST 4063Historic Preservation3
HIST 4073Digital Methods in History3
HIST 4153African American History, 1619-1865 (DH)3
HIST 4163African American History, 1865-Present (DH)3
HIST 4173Black Intellectual History (DH)3
HIST 4253U.S. Foreign Relations to 1945 (H)3
HIST 4273U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1945 (H)3
HIST 4353American Military History (H)3
HIST 4453History and Film (H)3
HIST 4463American Cultural History to 1865 (H)3
HIST 4483American Cultural History Since 1865 (H)3
HIST 4493Frontier in American Memory (DH)3
HIST 4503American Urban History (H)3
HIST 4513American Economic History (S)3
HIST 4523American Environmental History (H)3
HIST 4543Vietnam War (HI)3
HIST 4553Gender in America (D)3
HIST 4563Cold War (HI)3
HIST 4593America in International Perspective (H)3
American Literacy and Cultural Studies
Select 6 hours of the following (3 hours must be upper-division):6
ENGL 2453Introduction to Film and Television (H)3
ENGL 2773Survey of American Literature I (D)3
ENGL 2883Survey of American Literature II (DH)3
ENGL 3153Readings in Literature by Women (DH)3
ENGL 3183Native American Literature (DH)3
ENGL 3190Readings in Postcolonial and Multiethnic Literature3
ENGL 3193African-American Literature (DH)3
ENGL 3410Popular Fiction3
ENGL 3443Studies in Film Genre (H)3
ENGL 3453History of American Film (H)3
ENGL 3473Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in American Film (D)3
ENGL 3503Television and American Society (DH)3
ENGL 3813Readings in the American Experience (DH)3
ENGL 4093Language in America3
ENGL 4200Studies in Early American Literature3
ENGL 4210Studies in 19th Century American Literature3
ENGL 4220Studies in 20th Century American Literature3
ENGL 4330Studies in Native American Literature3-6
ENGL 4400Studies in Regional Literature3
ENGL 4450Culture and the Moving Image3
Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies
Select 6 hours of the following:6
AMIS 2013Introduction to American Indian Studies (D)3
AMIS 4013American Indian Sovereignty (D)3
AMST 3503Television & American Soc (DH)3
AMST 3513Film And American Society (H)3
AMST 3550The Arts and American Society3
AMST 3673History Of American Art (DH)3
AMST 3683Introduction to Digital Humanities3
AMST 3743Harlem Renaissance (DH)3
ART 3663History of American Art (DH)3
ART 3683History of 20th Century Art (HI)3
ART 4613Art Since 19603
ART 4763Native American Art and Material Culture3
GEOG 4103Historical Geography of the United States (H)3
GEOG 4223Geography of Music (H)3
GEOG 4253Geographic Perspectives on American Women's Travel Accounts Then and Now3
GWST 2113Transnational Women’s Studies (S)3
GWST 2123Introduction to Gender Studies (DH)3
GWST 3513Theorizing Sexualities (D)3
GWST 3613Race and Reproduction in the U.S. (D)3
GWST 3713Gender and Representation (D)3
GWST 4113Feminist Theories3
GWST 4503Theorizing Men and Masculinities3
MUSI 3573America’s Ethnic Music (DH)3
MUSI 3741Survey of Rock and Roll I1
MUSI 3751Survey of Rock and Roll II1
PHIL 2513Philosophy and Culture (H)3
PHIL 3413Ethical Theory (H)3
PHIL 3513Social Philosophy (H)3
PHIL 3613Philosophy of Religion (H)3
PHIL 3623Philosophy of Race (DH)3
PHIL 3813American Philosophy (H)3
PHIL 3843Philosophy of Law (H)3
PHIL 4113Philosophy and the Arts (H)3
REL 3573The Religions of Native Americans (DH)3
REL 3713Religion, Culture and Society3
REL 4033American Christianity through the Colonial Period (H)3
Social Sciences
Select 6 hours of the following6
ECON 3713 Government and Business3
ECON 3823American Economic History (S)3
ECON 4913Urban and Regional Economics3
GEOG 3123Urban Geography (S)3
GEOG 3133Political Geography (IS)3
GEOG 3173Cultural Geography (S)3
GEOG 3243Geography of Indian Country (DS)3
GEOG 3703Geography Of Oklahoma (S)3
GEOG 3713Exploring North America and Diversity (DS)3
GEOG 4113Environment and Development3
GEOG 4143Geography of Travel and Tourism3
GEOG 4213Sport, Place and Society (S)3
POLS 2023The Individual And The Law3
POLS 3353Parties Interest Group3
POLS 3423Voting and Elections3
POLS 3443Political Campaigns and Candidacy3
POLS 3453The Legislative Process3
POLS 3483The American Presidency3
POLS 3493Public Policy3
POLS 3513Public Opinion and Polling3
POLS 3523Money, Media And Politics3
POLS 3533Political Lobby and Grassroots Organization3
POLS 3613State and Local Government3
POLS 3663Introduction to Political Thought3
POLS 3683Politics in Contemporary Film3
POLS 3953Minorities in the American Political System (DS)3
POLS 3963State Courts and the Bar3
POLS 3973 Race, Politics and Sports(D)3
POLS 3983Courts and Judicial Process (S)3
POLS 4000Advanced Topics in American Politics3
POLS 4013America Foreign Policy3
POLS 4223Social Movements3
POLS 4363Environmental Law And Policy3
POLS 4403Urban Politics and Management3
POLS 4553American Political Thought3
POLS 4573Democratic Theory3
POLS 4623Oklahoma Politics (S)3
POLS 4693Gender and Politics3
POLS 4963U.S. Constitution: Civil Rights and Liberties3
POLS 4973U.S. Constitution: Civil Liberties3
SOC 3133Racial and Ethnic Relations (DS)3
SOC 3323Collective Behavior and Social Movements3
SOC 3523Juvenile Delinquency (DS)3
SOC 3713Religion, Culture and Society3
SOC 3993Sociology of Aging (DS)3
SOC 4043Gender and Work (DS)3
SOC 4213Sexuality in American Society (S)3
SOC 4333Criminology (S)3
SOC 4383Social Stratification (S)3
SOC 4433Environmental Sociology (S)3
SOC 4453Environmental Inequality (S)3
SOC 4463Technology and Society3
SOC 4473Oklahoma Environmental Sociology3
SOC 4643Sociology of Gender (S)3
SOC 4723American Marriage, Family and Male-Female Relationships (S)3
9 hours upper-division related courses9
Subtotal Hours48
May need to include 6 hours of a foreign language. See note 3.
May need to include 6 hours upper-division general eduaction outside AMST, American History and American Literature (see note 2.c.) and 1 additional upper-division hour.
Subtotal Hours19
Total Hours120

Other Requirements:

  • See notes 1, 2 & 3 on back of degree sheet
  • 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.