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American Cultures Emphasis


Language Requirement

All Humanistic Studies majors are expected to fulfill the non-English language requirement by completing one of the following:

  • Complete at least two college-level semesters of a non-English language. Students who have taken French, German or Spanish in high school or who have acquired a knowledge of the language elsewhere may receive credit for that preparation by passing an advanced-level UW-Green Bay course with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Demonstrate the equivalent level of proficiency in a non-English language on a proficiency exam. NOTE: Students seeking to fulfill the language requirement through proficiency testing in French, German, or Spanish should contact the appropriate language coordinator. For skill assessment in other languages, students should contact the chair of Modern Languages.
Supporting Courses18
Expository Writing
Introduction to American Literature I
Introduction to American Literature II
Introduction to First Nations Studies: The Tribal World
Introduction to First Nations Studies: Social Justice
American History to 1865
History of the United States from 1865 to the Present
Introduction to African-American History
Ethnic Diversity and Human Values
Choose one of the following courses:
Living the Humanities
Foundations of Western Culture I
Foundations of Western Culture II
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
Introduction to the Humanities
Upper-Level Courses24
Problems in American Thought
Interdisciplinary Themes in Humanistic Studies
Humanities Seminar
Choose five upper-level courses from the following categories: 1
American History (choose a minimum of one course):
American Colonial History
The Early American Republic
U.S. Women's History
America in the Twentieth Century
The Cultures of the Americas
American Ethnic Diversity (choose a minimum of one course):
American Ethnic Literature
African American Literature
Perspectives on Human Values: First Nations
Topics in African American History
American Literatures (choose a minimum of one course):
Major American Prose Fiction
Indigenous Nations Oral and Storytelling Traditions
Total Credits42

One of the two elective courses could also be PHILOS 326. The Humanistic Studies adviser may also approve appropriate experimental courses or variable content courses on an ad hoc basis.