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American Studies (Minor)

American Studies offers a unique opportunity to explore the cultures and societies of America from a perspective that is inherently interdisciplinary. This program provides a structured platform to encourage students to cross traditional academic boundaries and to integrate the arts, humanities, and social sciences. It is an effective program complement for those majoring in the related fields of art, music, dance and theatre; communication, English, and foreign languages; history, geography, and political science; philosophy; sociology, and criminal justice; as well as interdisciplinary majors in women's studies, African American and African studies, and international studies. The minor is also effective for international students, who may wish either to better understand American culture or to acquire an expertise useful in their home countries.

American Studies (Minor)


Description


What is American Studies at ODU like?

American Studies offers a unique opportunity to explore the cultures and societies of America from a perspective that is inherently interdisciplinary. This program provides a structured platform to encourage students to cross traditional academic boundaries and to integrate the arts, humanities, and social sciences. It is an effective program complement for those majoring in the related fields of art, music, dance and theatre; communication, English, and foreign languages; history, geography, and political science; philosophy; sociology, and criminal justice; as well as interdisciplinary majors in women's studies, African American and African studies, and international studies. The minor is also effective for international students, who may wish either to better understand American culture or to acquire an expertise useful in their home countries.

Program Highlights


What makes American Studies at ODU unique?

  • Interdisciplinary program, allowing students to build their minor while learning how the idea of America is conceptualized across various forms and disciplines

  • Makes use of multi-media, extratextual formats, working from an understanding that we project some sense of our selves and our idea of nationhood into everything we produce

  • Students will acquire a deep and unique perspective on American history and culture that cannot be obtained anywhere else

Courses


What are some courses offered in American Studies at ODU?

AMST 300:
Perspectives in American Studies


An exploration of current methodological approaches utilized in the interdisciplinary field of American Studies. Through integrative themes that cut across time, place and cultural identity, this course will allow students to build a working definition of civilization in the United States. Prerequisites: ENGL 110C or HIST 104H or permission of instructor.

ENGL 465W:
African American Literature


An investigation of how African American literature has innovated, influenced, and been influenced by literary movements, historical events, social transitions, and political upheavals. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: One 300-level literature course or permission of instructor and a grade of C or better in ENGL 110C and a grade of C or better in one of the following: ENGL 211C, ENGL 221C, or ENGL 231C.

SOC 320:
Social Inequality


An analysis of social differentiation, stratification, and social class. Emphasis is placed upon modern American society, with some comparison with historical and contemporary systems of other societies. Prerequisites: SOC 201S or permission of the instructor.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for American Studies at ODU?

Students entering the Minor program in American Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

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Next Steps


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Name:

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Location:

5022 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4033


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

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Email:

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International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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