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2016-2017 Online Catalog 
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American Studies, A.A.

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Program Description

Option offered through Liberal Arts

The American Studies Option provides opportunities for students who wish to understand the richness and diversity of American culture. This option offers a solid foundation in American history, politics, and literature accompanied by the study of related areas in the American experience. For many professions, such as teaching and law, this general education background is essential. In addition, the American Studies Option is also recommended to students who enter college without a definitive vocational goal and wish to explore the opportunities offered by many fields before deciding upon a career.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Identify major concepts, key events, and leading figures in the area of American history, politics, and literature;
  • Analyze critically the major political issues that concern our nation today;
  • Describe the contributions that some American authors have made to developments in literature;
  • Compare the experiences of various groups that have comprised and contributed to American society, i.e. African Americans, immigrants, Native Americans, women;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of approaches from the humanities and social sciences to the kinds of cultural developments that have taken place in America;
  • Communicate clearly in both the spoken and written word.

After Union County College

Graduates can transfer to a four-year college or university and are eligible to take advantage of the many transfer/articulation agreements Union County College has with some of the top four-year colleges and universities in the country. See a transfer advisor for details.

Proposed Recommended Sequence

First Year

Fall Semester

Semester Total: 16

Spring Semester

Semester Total: 16

Second Year

Total Program Credits: 60

*It is suggested that the American Studies student choose COM OR FIA OR Modern Languages electives from the following list:

COM 101 , COM 102 , COM 109 , COM 209 
FIA 108 , FIA 111 , FIA 112 , FIA 117 , FIA 120 
Modern Languages (All)

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