Arizona State University
University Senate
Spring 2014

Senate Motion #2014-70

Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Eduardo Pagan, Chair
Date of First Reading: April 28, 2014
Date of Second Reading: Via e-mail on 9/11/14

Title of Motion: Request from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies – for the establishment of a graduate degree– Master of Arts (MA) in American Studies

Action Requested: The Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee recommends University Senate approval of a proposal submitted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies- for the establishment of a graduate degree – Master of Arts (MA) in American Studies
Rationale: American Studies is constituted by a multi‐ and trans-disciplinary inquiry into the cultures, social systems, and political thought of the United States. While the array of disciplines contributing to American Studies can span the humanities and social sciences, it typically involves historical, literary, and media studies approaches. Master’s students will be trained to expand their understanding of the history of American cultures and social conditions, while offering the critical contexts for understanding contemporary America when taken in combination with degrees in Business, Engineering, and Law. A Master’s degree in American Studies provides students with an advanced analytic foundation in American culture and society in all its variety and complexity. 



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