The course listings are organized here by semester and campus. So, at the top of the column to the left you’ll see links to pages listing the courses offered at Rose Hill in Fall 2012 and courses offered at Lincoln Center in Fall 2012. Those pages include course descriptions. You can also click "Fall 2012 Multidisciplinary Diversity Requirements" to see courses (without descriptions) listed by which requirement they fulfill, and "Fall 2012 American Studies Concentrations" to see them listed (without descriptions) according to which of the three concentrations they can be applied to. Note that American Studies majors and minors can take courses on either campus.
The fact that a course is listed here means that it will count toward the major or minor (if it is not listed on my.fordham as having an American Studies "attribute," please let us know), but it does not guarantee that you can get into that course. And you are still subject to any prerequisites the course bears, or any limitations on enrollment (e.g., seniors only). Please be sure to look at my.fordham and/or the original department site to find out if there are any such prerequisites or other limitations.
About the letters, in bold print, following each course description
Each course on this list (except the three specific courses required of all American studies majors) has two sets of parentheses after it. In the first you’ll find the letters L, A, R, and/or H, indicating which multidisciplinary diversity requirement(s) the course fulfills. L is for Literature; A is for Art, music, theater, or media; R is for Religion or philosophy; H is for History or social science. In the second set of parentheses you’ll find the letters C, D, and/or P, indicating which of the three concentrations the course fits into. C is for Cultural products; D is for Diversity and difference; P is for Power, politics, and institutions. In each set of parentheses, there may be more than one letter, since many courses fulfill more than one goal. As you know, a single course can fulfill a multidisciplinary diversity requirement and count toward your concentration, but a single course cannot be used to fulfill two multidisciplinary diversity requirements.
In the left column, you’ll see a link to a page with Fall 2012 courses listed according to the American Studies requirements they fulfill. For instance, if you need one more course finish your “Diversity and difference” concentration, go to that page and click on that link at the top of the page, and you will see a list of all the courses offered in Fall 2012 that fit in that concentration. You’ll still need to go to the main course descriptions page to see a full description of the course.
If you see a course here that you think should fulfill a requirement but it does not have that designation, bring up the issue with the director of the program, who is always open to suggestions.
For more details about these designations go to the “Requirements” page
The concentrations are:
Cultural Products (C): This concentration focuses on American literature, arts, media, and thought, examining their history and place in American culture and society. Students primarily take courses in literature, film, media, music, the visual arts, the performing arts, popular culture, philosophy, and intellectual history.
Diversity and Difference (D): This concentration takes up the problem of American social and cultural pluralism. Students will consider the place of such categories as race, ethnicity, class, gender, and religion in American history. Students primarily take courses in literature, philosophy, African-American studies, history, political science, Urban Studies, Women’s Studies, religion, American Catholic Studies, and sociology.
Power, Politics, and Institutions (P): This concentration focuses on American society and institutions such as politics and religion. Students primarily take courses in political science, history, sociology, American Catholic Studies, African-American Studies, and Urban Studies.