Degree plan


General Education Curriculum


GEC 01. Written Communication (6 hours)


  • ENG 101 - Composition One 3 hrs.
  • ENG 102 - Composition Two 3 hrs.

GEC 02. Natural Science and Mathematics (11 hours minimum)


Science Requirement (8 hours minimum)

Select 2 courses with labs:

  • AST 111 - General Astronomy I 3 hrs. (Recommended) AND
  • AST 111L - General Astronomy I Laboratory 1 hr. (Recommended)

  • AST 112 - General Astronomy II 3 hrs. (Recommended) AND
  • AST 112L - General Astronomy II Laboratory 1 hr. (Recommended)

  • BSC 103 - Biology and Society 3 hrs. ◊ (Recommended) AND
  • BSC 103L - Biology and Society Laboratory 1 hr ◊ (Recommended)

  • BSC 110 - Principles of Biological Science I 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 110L - Principles of Biological Science I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 111 - Principles of Biological Science II 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 111L - Principles of Biological Science II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 250 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 250L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 251 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 251L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 104 - Chemistry and Our Environment 3 hrs. (Recommended) AND
  • CHE 104L - Chemistry and Our Environment Laboratory 1 hr. (Recommended)

  • CHE 106 - General Chemistry I 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 106L - General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 107 - General Chemistry II 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 107L - General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GHY 104 - Weather and Climate 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 104L - Weather and Climate Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GHY 105 - Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 105L - Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 101 - Physical Geology 3 hrs. (Recommended) AND
  • GLY 101L - Physical Geology Laboratory 1 hr. (Recommended)

  • GLY 103 - Historical Geology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 103L - Historical Geology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • MAR 151 - Introduction to Ocean Science 3 hrs. AND
  • MAR 151L - Introduction to Ocean Science Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 103 - Introductory Physics 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 103L - Introductory Physics Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 111 - General Physics I 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 111L - General Physics I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 112 - General Physics II 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 112L - General Physics II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 201 - General Physics I with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 201L - General Physics I with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 202 - General Physics II with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 202L - General Physics II with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PSC 190 - Living in a Material World 3 hrs. (Recommended) AND
  • PSC 190L - Lab for Living in a Material World 1 hr. (Recommended)
Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)

  • MAT 100 - Quantitative Reasoning 3 hrs. ***
  • MAT 101 - College Algebra 3 hrs.
  • Higher-level MAT course

GEC 03. Humanities (9 hours)


  • ENG 203 - World Literature 3 hrs.
Select 2 courses, 1 History required:

  • HIS 101 - World Civilizations: Beginnings to 1500 C.E. 3 hrs.
  • HIS 102 - World Civilizations: 1500 to the present 3 hrs.
  • PHI 151 - Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs.
  • PHI 171 - Ethics and Good Living 3 hrs.
  • REL 131 - Comparative Religion 3 hrs.

GEC 04. Aesthetic Values (3 hours)


Select 1 course:

  • ART 130 - Art Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • DAN 130 - Dance Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • MUS 165 - The Enjoyment of Music 3 hrs.
  • THE 100 - Theatrical Expressions 3 hrs.

GEC 05. Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)


Select 2 courses:

  • ANT 101 - The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 3 hrs.
  • COH 100 - Concepts of Wellness 3 hrs.
  • ECO 101 - Basic Economics 3 hrs.
  • GHY 101 - World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth 3 hrs.
  • PS 101 - American Government 3 hrs.
  • PSY 110 - General Psychology 3 hrs.
  • SOC 101 - Understanding Society: Principles of Sociology 3 hrs.

GEC 06. Computer Competency Requirement (3 hours)


  • LIS 201 - Introduction to Information Literacy 3 hrs.

GEC 07. Writing-Intensive Requirement (Major Area or 3 hours)


  • Students must take one course designated as (WI).
    ENG 101  & ENG 102  prerequisites

GEC 08. Speaking Intensive Requirement (3 hours)


Select 1 course:

  • CMS 111 - Oral Communication 3 hrs. (SI)
  • CMS 305 - Interpersonal Communication 3 hrs. (SI)
  • CMS 320 - Business and Professional Speaking 3 hrs. (SI)
  • CMS 330 - Small-Group Communication 3 hrs. (SI)

GEC 09. Capstone Requirement (Major Area)


  • AMS 403 - Seminar in American Studies 3 hrs. (Capstone)
  • Must be taken Senior Year; ENG 101  & ENG 102  prerequisites

Note:


*This course satisfies both the GEC requirement and a program requirement for this major.

**This particular GEC course is recommended by this major.

***This course does not satisfy prerequisites for any other math course.

◊ GEC restrictions apply; see here .

GEC 06 - GEC 09 courses are specific to this major.

For full description of the GEC, see here .

Program Curriculum


DEG 01. Major Area of Study Requirements (36 hours)


  • AMS 304 - Issues in America 3 hrs.
  • AMS 403 - Seminar in American Studies 3 hrs. (Capstone)
  • AMS 404 - Issues in America 3 hrs.
Select 6 hours: English

  • ENG 313 - Survey of Multiethnic Literature 3 hrs.
  • ENG 370 - Survey of American Literature I 3 hrs.
  • ENG 371 - Survey of American Literature II 3 hrs.
  • ENG 372 - African-American Literature 3 hrs.
  • ENG 373 - American Poetry 3 hrs.
  • ENG 410 - Studies in Ethnic Literature 3 hrs.
  • ENG 470 - Studies in Antebellum Literature 3 hrs.
  • ENG 471 - Studies in American Literature of Realism and Naturalism 3 hrs.
  • ENG 473 - Studies in African-American Literature 3 hrs.
  • ENG 475 - Studies in American Modernism 3 hrs.
  • ENG 476 - American Literature After 1945 3 hrs.
  • ENG 477 - Survey of the American Novel 1920 to 1960 3 hrs. (WI)
  • ENG 478 - American Women Writers 3 hrs. (WI)
  • ENG 485 - Survey of Literature of the South 3 hrs. (WI)
  • ENG 489 - Studies in American Literature 3 hrs. (WI)
Select 6 hours: History

  • HIS 373 - African-American History Survey, 1619-1890 3 hrs.
  • HIS 374 - African-American History Survey, 1890- present 3 hrs.
  • HIS 408 - African-American History in Contemporary Film 3 hrs.
  • HIS 423 - Gay and Lesbian History 3 hrs.
  • HIS 459 - History of Religion in America 3 hrs.
  • HIS 460 - Colonial America 3 hrs.
  • HIS 464 - The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1877-1919 3 hrs.
  • HIS 466 - America Since 1945 3 hrs.
  • HIS 468 - The Old South 3 hrs.
  • HIS 469 - The New South 3 hrs.
  • HIS 471 - The American Frontier 3 hrs.
  • HIS 472 - American Environmental History 3 hrs.
  • HIS 474 - American Indians and the Invasion of America 3 hrs.
  • HIS 476 - Intellectual and Cultural History of the U.S.A 3 hrs.
  • HIS 477 - Women in American Society 3 hrs.
  • HIS 478 - Topics in African-American History 3 hrs.
  • HIS 479 - Topics in American History 3 hrs.
  • HIS 484 - Working-Class America 3 hrs.
Select 6 hours: Political Science

  • PS 303 - American Political Movements 3 hrs.
  • PS 304 - Politics of Popular Culture 3 hrs.
  • PS 305 - Religion and Politics 3 hrs.
  • PS 321 - American Political Theory 3 hrs.
  • PS 330 - United States Foreign Policy 3 hrs. (WI)
  • PS 375 - Government and Economics 3 hrs.
  • PS 380 - Introduction to Law in American Society 3 hrs.
  • PS 401 - Political Socialization 3 hrs.
  • PS 402 - Urban Politics 3 hrs.
  • PS 403 - Politics and Environment 3 hrs.
  • PS 404 - The Legislative Process 3 hrs.
  • PS 405 - Women and Politics 3 hrs.
  • PS 406 - Political Parties 3 hrs.
  • PS 407 - Mississippi Government 3 hrs.
  • PS 408 - The American Presidency 3 hrs.
  • PS 409 - Southern Politics 3 hrs.
  • PS 453 - People Power: Politics and Protests 3 hrs.
  • PS 480 - United States Constitutional Law 3 hrs. (WI)
  • PS 488 - Women and the Law 3 hrs.
  • PS 489 - U. S. Supreme Court and Civil Liberties 3 hrs.
Select 9 hours, maximum of 1 course per program: Major Elective

  • ANT 315 - American Indians 3 hrs.
  • ANT 321 - Immigration and Transnationalism 3 hrs.
  • ANT 322 - Race and Racialization 3 hrs.
  • ANT 334 - Archaeology of the Old South 3 hrs.
  • ANT 433 - Prehistory of Southeastern Indians 3 hrs.
  • CJ 360 - Introduction to Juvenile Justice 3 hrs.
  • CJ 440 - Police in the United States 3 hrs.
  • CJ 472 - Organized Crime 3 hrs.
  • ECO 305 - Economic Issues 3 hrs.
  • ECO 330 - Money and Public Policy 3 hrs.
  • ECO 401 - Public Finance 3 hrs.
  • EI 421 - History of the Recording Industry 3 hrs.
  • ESC 301 - Living in the Environment 3 hrs.
  • ESC 302 - Environmental Improvement Project 3 hrs.
  • FLM 370 - Film History 3 hrs.
  • FLM 436 - Western Film Genre 3 hrs.
  • FLM 473 - The Documentary Film 3 hrs.
  • FLM 474 - Film Noir 3 hrs.
  • FLM 478 - Seminar in Film 3 hrs.
  • GHY 370 - Conservation of Natural Resources 3 hrs.
  • GHY 400 - Geography of Mississippi 3 hrs.
  • GHY 401 - Geography of the United States and Canada 3 hrs.
  • GHY 409 - Geography of the Southwestern United States 3 hrs.
  • GHY 435 - Historical Geography of the American Landscape 3 hrs.
  • MCJ 329 - Introduction to Advertising 3 hrs.
  • MCJ 355 - Gender, Race and Media 3 hrs.
  • MCJ 407 - Theories of Mass Communication 3 hrs.
  • MCJ 421 - Public Relations 3 hrs.
  • MCJ 424 - Public Opinion, Mass Communication and Society 3 hrs.
  • MCJ 450 - History of Journalism 3 hrs.
  • MCJ 460 - Media Law 3 hrs.
  • MCJ 462 - Media Criticism 3 hrs.
  • MCJ 463 - Media Management and Economics 3 hrs.
  • PHI 319 - Philosophy of Race 3 hrs.
  • PSY 450 - Social Psychology 3 hrs.
  • PSY 456 - Psychology of Aging and Dying 3 hrs.
  • PSY 470 - Psychology of Gender 3 hrs.
  • REL 322 - Native American Religions 3 hrs.
  • REL 338 - The American Religious Experience 3 hrs.
  • REL 459 - History of Religion in America 3 hrs.
  • SOC 214 - The Family 3 hrs.
  • SOC 240 - Social Problems 3 hrs.
  • SOC 301 - Wealth, Status and Power 3 hrs.
  • SOC 340 - Deviant Behavior 3 hrs.
  • SOC 341 - Criminology 3 hrs.
  • SOC 343 - American Immigration 3 hrs.
  • SOC 350 - Race and Ethnicity 3 hrs.
  • SOC 355 - Collective Behavior and Social Movements 3 hrs.
  • SOC 415 - Sociology of Gender 3 hrs.
  • SOC 425 - Food, Culture and Society 3 hrs.
  • SOC 427 - Sociology and Film 3 hrs.
  • SWK 300 - Social Service Systems 3 hrs.
  • SWK 315 - Human Diversity in a Changing World 3 hrs.

DEG 02. Additional Requirements (27-36 hours)


Select 1 course:

  • ENG 200 - Introduction to Drama 3 hrs.
  • ENG 201 - Introduction to Fiction 3 hrs.
  • ENG 202 - Introduction to Poetry 3 hrs.
  • HIS 201 - Survey of United States History to 1877 3 hrs.
  • HIS 202 - Survey of United States History since 1877 3 hrs.
  • FLM 170 - Introduction to Film Studies 3 hrs.
  • WGS 301 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies 3 hrs.
Select 1 option:

a. Select remaining history course not selected in GEC 03: HIS 101  or HIS 102 

b. If both history courses selected in GEC 03, select 1 course:

 

  • PHI 151 - Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs.
  • PHI 171 - Ethics and Good Living 3 hrs.
  • REL 131 - Comparative Religion 3 hrs.
Foreign Language Requirement:

12 hours in a single foreign language; fewer hours may suffice, but course level 202 must be completed.

Additional Program Requirements

a.IDS 301 

b. Select 5 courses (15 hours) From DEG 01  not previously selected. Courses may be taken in a single program.

DEG 03. Electives


Choose electives as needed with advisor's approval. (See Hours to Degree below.)

Hours to Degree


124 hours are needed to graduate with a BA in American Studies. At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The student must earn at least 21 of the last 30 hours of course work and at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss. See Residence Hour Requirements  for more information.