• Total units 24 Units
  • Minor code AMER-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate
American Studies Minor

The United States is still the most powerful nation and the single biggest economy on earth. Whatever the United States does affects the rest of the world in a variety of ways, and so it is vital to understand the broader framework within which it acts on the world stage. A Minor in American Studies assists students to develop their knowledge of the U.S. through a range of courses dealing with its history, politics, literature and other aspects of its culture.


The Minor in American Studies caters for students who seek a multi-disciplinary suite of courses that exposes them to a variety of perspectives on the United States and its development. A Minor in American Studies, alongside a Major in History, International Relations, Literature or Politics, also provides an excellent grounding for honours-level and graduate study of the United States in those disciplines.


Learning Outcomes

Students completing a Minor in American Studies will:

  1. develop research, analysis and writing skills in      courses based in a variety of disciplines but linked by their focus on the      United States;
  2. deepen their understanding of the ways in which key      institutions, cultures and socio-economic structures have developed in the      United States;
  3. broaden their understanding of the United States by      using perspectives gained through courses grounded in history, literature      and politics.
  4. prepare themselves for future study of the United      States at Honours and Postgraduate level.
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
HIST2141 The Cold War: 1945-1989 6
ENGL2005 Nineteenth Century US Literature 6
ENGL2006 Modern American Fiction 6
FILM2006 United States Cinema: Hollywood and Beyond 6
HIST2107 American Voices: Aspects of Social Thought in the United States 6
HIST2121 Electric Citizens: The Rise of the Modern Media in the United States, 1865-2000 6
HIST2126 American Sixties 6
HIST2214 The Great War, 1914-1918 6
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