Recommended Academic Plan for American Studies (AMSCC) at Brandywine

Semester 1

Course DetailsCredits
3
Arts (GA) General Education selection

Arts (GA)

or Humanities (GH) General Education selection

Humanities (GH)

or Social and Behavioral Science (GS) General Education selection

Social and Behavioral Science (GS)

3
Arts (GA) General Education selection
or Humanities (GH) General Education selection
or Social and Behavioral Science (GS) General Education selection
3
Quantification (GQ) General Education selection

Quantification (GQ)

3
American-focused course at level 001-199 (GA, GH, or GS)Notes for: American-focused course at level 001-199 (GA, GH, or GS)

American-focused course at level 001-199 (GA, GH, or GS)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Total credits 15

Semester 2

Course DetailsCredits
3
Arts (GA) General Education selection

Arts (GA)

or Humanities (GH) General Education selection

Humanities (GH)

or Social and Behavioral Science (GS) General Education selection

Social and Behavioral Science (GS)

3
Arts (GA) General Education selection

Arts (GA)

or Humanities (GH) General Education selection

Humanities (GH)

or Social and Behavioral Science (GS) General Education selection

Social and Behavioral Science (GS)

3
Natural Sciences (GN) General Education selection

Natural Sciences (GN)

3
American-focused course at level 001-299 (GA, GH, GS, or more advanced)Notes for: American-focused course at level 001-299 (GA, GH, GS, or more advanced)

American-focused course at level 001-299 (GA, GH, GS, or more advanced)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

1.5
Total credits 16.5

Semester 3

Course DetailsCredits
Foreign Language I (BA requirement)

Foreign Language I (BA requirement)

6
AM ST 100 (GH;US) Introduction to American StudiesNotes for: AM ST 100

AM ST 100

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Arts (GA) General Education selection

Arts (GA)

or Humanities (GH) General Education selection

Humanities (GH)

or Social and Behavioral Science (GS) General Education selection

Social and Behavioral Science (GS)

3
Natural Sciences (Lab) (GN) General Education selection

Natural Sciences (Lab) (GN)

3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

1.5
Total credits 16.5

Semester 4

Course DetailsCredits
Foreign Language II (BA requirement)

Foreign Language II (BA requirement)

6
American-focused course at level 001-299 (GA, GH, GS, or more advanced)Notes for: American-focused course at level 001-299 (GA, GH, GS, or more advanced)

American-focused course at level 001-299 (GA, GH, GS, or more advanced)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
3
Quantification (GQ) General Education selection

Quantification (GQ)

3
Total credits 15

Semester 5

Course DetailsCredits
American-focused course at 400 level (literature, history, arts/philosophy/ religion, or social science)Notes for: American-focused course at 400 level (literature, history, arts/philosophy/ religion, or social science)

American-focused course at 400 level (literature, history, arts/philosophy/ religion, or social science)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
American-focused course at level 001-299 (GA, GH, GS, or more advanced)Notes for: American-focused course at level 001-299 (GA, GH, GS, or more advanced)

American-focused course at level 001-299 (GA, GH, GS, or more advanced)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Arts (GA) General Education selection

Arts (GA)

or Humanities (GH) General Education selection

Humanities (GH)

or Social and Behavioral Science (GS) General Education selection

Social and Behavioral Science (GS)

3
Natural Sciences (GN) General Education selection

Natural Sciences (GN)

3
Elective

Elective

3
Total credits 15

Semester 6

Course DetailsCredits
American-focused course at 400 level (literature, history, arts/philosophy/ religion, or social science)Notes for: American-focused course at 400 level (literature, history, arts/philosophy/ religion, or social science)

American-focused course at 400 level (literature, history, arts/philosophy/ religion, or social science)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
American-focused course at 400 level (literature, history, arts/philosophy/ religion, or social science)Notes for: American-focused course at 400 level (literature, history, arts/philosophy/ religion, or social science)

American-focused course at 400 level (literature, history, arts/philosophy/ religion, or social science)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Quantification

BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Quantification

3
BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Quantification

BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Quantification

3
Elective

Elective

3
Total credits 15

Semester 7

Course DetailsCredits
AM ST 491W American Themes, American ErasNotes for: AM ST 491W

AM ST 491W

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
American-focused course at 400 level (literature, history, arts/philosophy/ religion, or social science)Notes for: American-focused course at 400 level (literature, history, arts/philosophy/ religion, or social science)

American-focused course at 400 level (literature, history, arts/philosophy/ religion, or social science)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Quantification

BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Quantification

3
Elective

Elective

3
Elective

Elective

3
Total credits 15

Semester 8 - Spring

Course DetailsCredits
AM ST 491W American Themes, American ErasNotes for: AM ST 491W

AM ST 491W

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
BA Requirement: Other Cultures

BA Requirement: Other Cultures

3
Elective

Elective

3
Elective

Elective

3
Elective

Elective

3
Total credits 15

Additional Notes

Advising Notes: Effective Fall 2009

- A minimum of 123 credits is required to graduate.
- General Education area requirements—GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH, GS codes—are interchangeable in order. In any given semester, students may choose general education courses based on preference, availability, and academic goals, as long as students eventually meet the minimum credits required in these different areas.
- One course in either the first or the second semester must be chosen from among those designated as First-Year Engagement sections.
- Both US (United States Cultures) and IL (International Cultures) courses must be completed within the degree requirements. These courses double-count with other major, Gen Ed, or BA requirements, except that they may not also be used to fulfill the Other Cultures (BA) requirement.
- AMST 491W, the capstone course of the major, is taken twice with different topics; it also satisfies Penn State’s Writing Across the Curriculum (W) requirement.  Offered every semester, it may ordinarily be taken from the junior year on depending on student’s choice of topics.
- “American-focused” courses must be chosen in three out of four of the following disciplinary areas:  literature, history, arts/philosophy/religion, and social sciences. Two areas should include three courses, and the third area two courses.  The four 400-level courses must be in at least two of these areas.   For the core list of American- focused courses, see the description of the major on our campus website.  With the approval of the American Studies Program Head, certain other American-focused courses may be substituted.
- Electives may continue to focus in American fields, or they may develop a minor, a pre-professional skill, or another interest.
- Please see the Program Head (academic adviser for all majors, available to potential majors as well) to make the most of options that American Studies offers.

Legend

# Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.
* Course requires a grade of 'C' or better.
† Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.

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