American Studies (2016 - 2018) Major Prior to 2016-2017 Academic Year
Please consult archived 2014-2016 CAS Bulletin for requirements.
Major for 2016-2017 Academic Year and Thereafter
The new American studies major requires nine 4-point courses (36 points) completed with a grade of C or better. (Students who entered CAS before fall 2016 may follow the new version of the major with departmental approval and advisement.)
Two introductory courses—may be taken in either order:
- Social and Cultural Analysis 101 (SCA-UA 101)
- Approaches to American Studies (SCA-UA 201) or Intersections: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. History (SCA-UA 230)
Six elective courses:
- Six designated American studies courses, four of which must be taught by SCA faculty.
- SCA Theory & Practice: The Internship Program (SCA-UA 42) is no longer required but highly recommended and can count as an elective.
One research course:
- Advanced Research Seminar (SCA-UA 90)
Five 4-point courses (20 points) completed with a grade of C or better are required for the minor in American studies. Students must take one of the following introductory courses: Approaches to American Studies (SCA-UA 201) or Intersections: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. History (SCA-UA 230), plus four designated American studies electives, which must be taught by SCA faculty.
Language and Linguistic Competency
The type of rigorous intercultural study promoted within the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis requires students to recognize the complex modes of communication at work both within and across different social groups. The department therefore strongly encourages its students to develop advanced skills in language and linguistics by any of the following means: taking elective courses in sociolinguistics; studying a language other than English beyond the minimum level required by the College of Arts and Science; studying languages especially germane to the department's fields of study; pursuing community-based internship fieldwork necessitating the development and use of specific language skills; or undertaking study or research away in contexts entailing the exercise of key language or linguistic capabilities.
Majors who have completed 48 points of graded work in CAS and have a 3.65 GPA or higher (overall and in the major) are encouraged to register for Senior Honors Seminar (SCA-UA 92) in the fall semester of their senior year. Upon successful completion of the seminar requirements, students will be eligible to register for Senior Honors Thesis (SCA-UA 93) in the spring. Information about honors can be found at www.sca.as.nyu.edu/object/sca.related.honors.