Department Chair: M. Clark-Wiltz
Teaching Faculty: M. Clark-Wiltz, A. Fetter-Harrott, J. Jimerson, S. Nelson, J. Smith, R. Smith
Minor: American Studies
American Studies rests upon the important assumptions that a culture should be investigated in its entirety and that a breadth of study leads to a depth of understanding. In keeping with these assumptions, American Studies at Franklin College is an interdisciplinary program. From a broad variety of disciplinary perspectives, the American Studies student will seek to understand the social, cultural, and intellectual forces which shape American culture.
The goals of the American studies program are:
- To give the student a better understanding of social forces that have influenced American culture;
- To present in a logical, meaningful pattern those writings of importance that have shaped Americans and the America of today;
- To foster and to cultivate the awareness of the rich heritage that is uniquely American;
- To stimulate a lively interest in and a sympathetic understanding of the development of the differing philosophies which have produced a variety of American thought;
American Studies Minor
All courses and prerequisites for courses taken to satisfy the American Studies minor must be completed with a grade of ‘C-’ or better. Student must have a minimum graduation GPA of 2.00 (A=4.00) in required minor courses. Students are strongly encouraged to take diversity and international exploratories that consider the place of the United States in an increasingly globalized world.
ENG 200 Introduction to Literary Studies
HIS 121 U.S. History Since 1877
HIS 325 History of American Thought
POL 110 American National Government
Two of the following courses – must have different prefixes
ENG 355 Early American Literature
ENG 356 American Realism
ENG 357 American Modernism
HIS 231 African American History
HIS 250 Indiana History
HIS/WST 332 History of Women in US
POL 225 State and Local Government
POL 234 American Political Participation
POL 410 American Constitutional Law I
POL 420 American Constitutional Law II
SOC/NPL 222 Social Problems & Nonprofit Responses
Individualized Majors in American Studies
In addition to the four required courses for the American Studies minor, students would need to include in the major a capstone academic experience, an internship, and additional courses approved by the director of the program so that the number of hours would total at least 33.
Complete course descriptions for each of these offerings may be found elsewhere in this catalog under the appropriate major headings.