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American Studies

The interdisciplinary minor American Studies (30 EC) offers a survey of U.S. history from the establishment of the first colonies on the North American continent in the early seventeenth century to the present. We will also read a number of classics in American literature, including Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography, Moby-Dick, Frederick Douglass' narrative and the antislavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The courses in the second semester aim to deepen and broaden the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired in the first semester: you can choose to specialize in American history (track 1) or American literature and culture (track 2). Upon completion of this minor, you will have acquired basic knowledge of and research skills in U.S. history, culture and literature. Students who have successfully completed the minor in American Studies (30 EC) are admissible to the MA programme in North American Studies in Leiden, provided that they meet all other conditions for admission.

Maximum number of students: 25
Prospectus number: 5000MAMN
Class number: 1367
Language: English

Track I: American History

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

From the Pilgrims to the Present: An Introduction to American Studies (Minor/Pre-master) 10
Literature 3A: The American Renaissance, American Literature, 1620-1865 5

Second semester

History: North America 5

Choose one of the electives:

Minds Matter: American Public Intellectuals and their Ideas 10
“The Quest for Peace and Justice:” Pacifism and Peace Activism in Twentieth Century America 10

Track II: American Literature and Culture

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

From the Pilgrims to the Present: An Introduction to American Studies (Minor/Pre-master) 10
Literature 3A: The American Renaissance, American Literature, 1620-1865 5

Second semester

Literature 4A: The Age of Realism: American Literature, 1865-1917 5
Slavery and Memory in the Black Atlantic 10

Keuzeruimte

Since in some departments there is room for only a 15 EC in elective courses, it is also possible to take this minor for 15 EC, half of the number of ECs required for a complete minor. You can find more information about this option in the E-Prospectus. Note, however, that this is not the same as completing a minor and therefore it is not called a minor. Students who wish to take this option in semester 1 take the following courses:
• From the Pilgrims to the Present: An Introduction to American Studies(10 EC)
• Literature 3A: American Literature, 1620-1865: The American Renaissance (5 EC)
In semester 2, you can take any 5 EC course and any 10 EC course listed under track 1 or 2 of the minor in American Studies.
Anyone is free, however, to take more than the required minimum of courses and thus earn more ECs than the 180 EC required for receiving a bachelor’s degree. Therefore, you can take a 30 EC minor if you are willing to earn 15 EC more than you need to have to complete the requirements for your bachelor’s degree. For more information about electives, go to Keuzeruimte.

More info

Minor: for Leiden students, permission from Board of Examiners is not required
Extent: 30 ec
Intended for: students from all disciplines
Language of instruction: English
For more information Keuzeruimte en Minors in English
Coordinator: mw. dr. J.C. Kardux
Information: j.c.kardux or 071 527 2236 / 2146
Enrolment: through uSis NB: After registering for the minor, you must also enroll for the individual courses.
Board of Examiners: Art and Literature and American Studies

Since in some departments there is only room for a 15 EC in elective courses, it is also possible to take this minor for 15 EC, half of the number of ECs required for a complete minor. You can find more information about this option in the E-Prospectus. Note, however, that this is not the same as completing a minor and therefore it is not called a minor. Students who wish to take this option take the following courses in semester 1:

• From the Pilgrims to the Present: An Introduction to American Studies (10 EC)
• Literature 3A: American Literature, 1620-1865: The American Renaissance (5 EC)

Anyone is free, however, to take more than the required minimum of courses and thus earn more ECs than the 180 EC required for receiving a bachelor’s degree. Therefore, you can take a 30 EC minor if you are willing to earn 15 EC more than you need to have to complete the requirements for your bachelor’s degree. For more information about electives, go to Keuzeruimte.