Nov 24, 2020  
2018-2019 College Catalog 
    
2018-2019 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Degree Map: American Studies Concentration for Liberal Arts AA


American Studies Concentration Description

American Studies integrates knowledge and critical perspectives from disciplines across the Liberal Arts  –  including history, political science, sociology, religion, and the humanities  –  to refine students’ understanding of the diverse cultural perspectives and practices that shape American culture.  Along with offering them opportunities to grow as critical thinkers, engaged citizens, and effective speakers, writers, and researchers, an American Studies degree readies students for further study in a bachelor’s program or higher.  American Studies graduates are well-prepared for careers in education, law, government service, social work, journalism, business, and more.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this concentration you will be able to:

  • Identify significant American events, ideas and cultural products.
  • Integrate information and insights from multiple disciplinary perspectives on American culture.
  • Discuss American culture, politics, and history in a global context.
  • Express the value of the histories, cultures, and indentities that contribute to merican pluralism.
  • Communicate in speaking and writing about American Studies topics.

Degree Map

The degree map below is an example of how a full-time student can complete this degree in two years.  You should see an academic advisor for a customized degree map that works for you.  To be recommended for an Associate in Arts degree, you must achieve a grade point average of 2.0 as a minimum on all coursework attempted (minimum of 60 hours).

Note the Milestones below each semester.  Milestones are reminders of actions you should take during that semester to help keep you on track for degree completion.

First Semester

Course Number and Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1113 - Composition I   3
General Education Humanities.  The following course is recommended:
HUMN 2223 - Humanities II: Renaissance to the Early 20th Century (H)  
3
HIST 1483 - U.S. History 1492 to the Civil War Era   3
POLS 1113 - American Federal Government   3
General Education Required Elective. The following courses are recommended:
ART 1113 - Art Appreciation (H)  
GEOG 1043 - Introduction to Cultural Geography (S,I,H)  
MUSC 1113 - Music Appreciation (H)  
PSYC 1113 - Introduction to Psychology (S)  
SOCI 1113 - Introduction to Sociology (S)  
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Milestones

  • Check the academic calendar for important dates and deadlines impacting classes and financial aid.
  • To maintain financial aid eligibility, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 1.70 during the first 30 credit hours attempted and complete 67% of the courses attempted.  Review your Financial Aid Dashboard or visit the Financial Aid Office to determine your financial aid status.
  • Download MS Office from MyTCC.
  • Form a study group, join a student organization, or volunteer at a community service site.
  • Visit the writing, math and science, or technology learning centers for free individual tutoring support services.
  • Meet with an academic advisor before enrolling for the next semester.

Second Semester

Course Number and Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1213 - Composition II   3
General Education Humanities. The following course is recommended:
HUMN 2553 - Introduction to American Humanities (H)  
3
MATH 1473 - Quantitative Reasoning (A)   3
General Education Recommended Elective.  The following courses are recommended:
ENGL 2413 - Introduction to Literature (H)  
ENGL 2773 - American Literature to 1865 (H)  
HIST 1493 - U.S. History - Civil War Era to the Present  
PHIL 1113 - Introduction to Philosophy (H)  
SOCI 2123 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (H) (S)  
3
Elective. The following courses are recommended:
PHIL 2113 - Logic  (offered spring)
PHIL 2133 - Introduction to Ethical Thinking (H)  (offered fall)
3
Elective.  The following courses are recommended:
ENGL 2773 - American Literature to 1865 (H)  
MUSC 1153 - American Popular Music (H)  
HUMN 2663 - Hollywood’s America (H)  
HUMN 2773 - American Popular Culture (H)  
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Milestones

  • Check the academic calendar for important dates and deadlines impacting classes and financial aid.
  • To maintain financial aid eligibility, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 1.70 during the first 30 credit hours attempted and complete 67% of the courses attempted.  Review your Financial Aid Dashboard or visit the Financial Aid Office to determine your financial aid status.
  • Meet with an academic advisor before enrolling for the next semester.
  • Schedule a campus visit with your transfer institution’s student recruitment office.
  • Visit Career Services by your 20th credit hour to explore career opportunities associated with this degree.

Third Semester

Course Number and Title Credit Hours
General Education Recommended Elective.  The following courses are recommended:
ENGL 2883 - American Literature from 1865 (H) 
HIST 1493 - U.S. History - Civil War Era to the Present   
HUMN 2443 - Art of Film (H)  
PHIL 2133 - Introduction to Ethical Thinking (H)  
SOCI 2173 - Religion and Society (S)  
3
General Education Science with lab.  The following courses are recommended:
BIOL 1114 - General Biology for Non-Majors (L)  
GEOG 1014 - Geography (Physical) (L)  
GEOL 1014 - General Geology (Physical) (L)  
PHSC 1114 - General Physical Science (L,N)  
4
Elective. The following courses are recommended:
ENGL 2883 - American Literature from 1865 (H)  
HIST 2333 - African-American History (H)  
HUMN 2773 - American Popular Culture (H)  
NAMS 2013 - Images of Indians in American Culture (H)  (offered fall)
RELG 2233 - Religion in America (H)  
3
Elective.  The following courses are recommended:
HUMN 2883 - Cultural Identities and the Arts in America (H)  (offered fall)
NAMS 2213 - Native American Spiritualities (H)  (offered fall)
NAMS 2343 - Native American History (H)  
SOCI 2113 - Social Problems in America (S)  
3
Elective.  The following courses are recommended:
HIST 1063 - Modern Western Civilization (H)  
HUMN 2443 - Art of Film (H)  
NAMS 2213 - Native American Spiritualities (H)  (offered fall)
PHIL 2143 - Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy (H)  
Any World Language or American Sign Language course
3
Total Credit Hours 16

Milestones

  • Check the academic calendar for important dates and deadlines impacting classes and financial aid.
  • To maintain financial aid eligibility, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 if 31 or more hours have been attempted and complete 67% of the courses attempted.  Review your Financial Aid Dashboard or visit the Financial Aid Office to determine your financial aid status.
  • Meet with an academic advisor for a graduation check and to complete a Petition for Computer Proficiency if needed.
  • Complete applications for admission and financial aid for the four-year institution to which you plan to transfer.
  • Visit Career Services to build your resume.

Fourth Semester

Course Number and Title Credit Hours
General Education Science without lab.  The following courses are recommended:
BIOL 1113 - Introduction to Environmental Science  
BIOL 1383 - Nutrition  
BIOL 2213 - Brain and Behavior  
BIOL 2313 - Principles of Ecology  
3
Elective.  The following courses are recommended:
HIST 1073 - Twentieth Century World History (H) (I)  
HIST 2523 - History of Oklahoma  
NAMS 2343 - Native American History (H)  
SOCI 2123 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (H) (S)  
Next semester of any World Language or American Sign Language course
3
Elective.  The following courses are recommended:
NAMS 2213 - Native American Spiritualities (H)  
NAMS 2513 - Native American Law  
PHIL 1143 - Introduction to Ethics: Business Issues (H)  
SOCI 2113 - Social Problems in America (S)  
3
Elective.  The following courses are recommended:
HIST 2333 - African-American History (H)  
NAMS 2313 - Native American Literature, Drama, and Film (H)  
NAMS 2343 - Native American History (H)  
SOCI 2713 - Aging, Death and Dying (S)  
3
Elective.  The following courses are recommended:
HUMN 2663 - Hollywood’s America (H)  
MUSC 1153 - American Popular Music (H)  
NAMS 2113 - Native American Cultures (H)  
NAMS 2513 - Native American Law  
SOCI 2143 - Inequalities in America (S) (D)  
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Milestones

  • Check the academic calendar for important dates and deadlines impacting classes and financial aid.
  • To maintain financial aid eligibility, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 if 31 or more hours have been attempted and complete 67% of the courses attempted.  Review your Financial Aid Dashboard or visit the Financial Aid Office to determine your financial aid status.
  • Meet with an academic advisor to file for graduation.

Transfer Information

This degree is intended for transfer to a four-year university for completion of a baccalaureate degree.  You should work closely with an academic advisor each semester to make certain you are enrolled in the correct courses for a seamless transfer process and you are encouraged to begin a dialogue with your intended transfer school as early as possible. Early coordination between TCC academic advisors and advisors from selected four-year institutions can streamline the transfer process. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he/she understands the program/admission/transfer requirements for the transfer school.