An undergraduate minor in social science - American studies is offered for students majoring in other fields. This minor is particularly appropriate for those students who anticipate significant use of the broad critical and analytical skills and understanding that American studies embodies. 

The social science minor in American studies is for those who wish to develop these additional marketable skills with the substantive fields offered.

Minor Requirements

Students must meet all university requirements for a minor. In addition, students must complete at least 9 hours at Governors State University. 

I.  Required Courses (12 Hours)

HIST 3100 U.S. Economic History (3) *

HIST 4160 Issues in Modern History (3)

POLS 2100 Foundations of U.S. Democracy (3) *

SOC 3100 Studies in American Society (3) *

* May be substituted by a lower-division course. 

II.  Selective (6 Hours)

Select two of the following courses:

HIST 4100 Beyond the Dream: Current Black Social Issues (3)

HIST 4200 American Urban History (3)

HIST 4400 Black Experience in the U.S. (3)

HIST 4440 History of Civil Rights (3)

HIST 4500 Women in American History (3)

POLS 4400 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties (3)

POLS 4400 Political Economy of Urban Development (3)

SOC 4250 Community Organization (3)

SOSC 4305 Urban Studies: Introduction to the City (3)

SOSC 4410 Ethnicity, Culture and Politics (3)

SOSC 4575 Women and Social Action (3) 

III.  Total Credit-hours - 18 Hours

Advisor Information

Ellen Walsh
Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Johnson
Assistant Professor

David Golland
Assistant Professor