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BGS in General Studies: American Studies Emphasis (33 hours*)


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  1. Complete the following prerequisite course:
  2. Complete the following core courses:
  3. Complete 18 hours from the following:
      A HTG 100 : American Heritage. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      A HTG 100 : American Heritage. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      DESCRIPTION: Synthesis of American constitutional and economic principles, and patterns of historical development.

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      ENGL 293 : American Literary History. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ENGL 293 : American Literary History. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Independent Study also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251; or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Development of ideas, movements, genres, and styles in American literature as illustrated through representative texts.

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      ENGL 336 : The American Novel. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ENGL 336 : The American Novel. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Independent Study also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: ENGL 293 & ENGL 295; or ENGL 294 & ENGL 295; Engl 291. (Engl 292 may also be a prerequisite option.)
      DESCRIPTION: Representative novels of the American tradition from the late eighteenth century to the present.

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      ENGL 361 : American Literature 1800 - 1865. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ENGL 361 : American Literature 1800 - 1865. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 293 & ENGL 295; or ENGL 251 & ENGL 294 & ENGL 295
      DESCRIPTION: Major and selected minor writers and literary trends from 1800 to 1865.

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      ENGL 362 : American Literature 1865 - 1914. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ENGL 362 : American Literature 1865 - 1914. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Independent Study also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 293 & ENGL 295; or ENGL 251 & ENGL 294 & ENGL 295
      DESCRIPTION: Major and selected minor writers and literary trends from 1865 to 1914.

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      ENGL 363 : American Literature 1914 - 1960. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ENGL 363 : American Literature 1914 - 1960. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Independent Study also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 293 & ENGL 295; or ENGL 251 & ENGL 294 & ENGL 295
      DESCRIPTION: Major and selected minor writers and literary trends from 1914 to 1960.

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      GEOG 250 : United States and Canada. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      GEOG 250 : United States and Canada. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall Contact Department; Winter Contact Department
      DESCRIPTION: Analysis of the natural environment, historical development, cultural patterns, economic systems, and political structures of geographic regions.

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      HIST 317 : The Family and the Law in American History. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 317 : The Family and the Law in American History. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: The interaction of families with law and government as illustrated in original American sources; individual family histories reconstructed in the broader perspective of history.

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      HIST 378 : American Family History. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 378 : American Family History. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      DESCRIPTION: History of American families from colonial period to the present.

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      MUSIC 204 : Introduction to Jazz. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      MUSIC 204 : Introduction to Jazz. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: Non-music major status.
      DESCRIPTION: Fostering an understanding and appreciation of jazz music within the context of American history and culture.
      NOTE: For non-music majors.

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      POLI 316 : American Political Parties. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      POLI 316 : American Political Parties. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
      PREREQUISITE: Poli 200.
      DESCRIPTION: Electoral and policy-making roles of American political parties today and their future in American politics.

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      POLI 321 : The Media in American Politics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      POLI 321 : The Media in American Politics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
      DESCRIPTION: News media's role in processes of American politics, including electoral process, legislative process, and public policy-making.

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      REL C 341 : Joseph Smith and the Restoration, 1805-1845. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      REL C 341 : Joseph Smith and the Restoration, 1805-1845. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Life and ministry of the Prophet Joseph Smith, coming forth of the Book of Mormon, organization of the church, foundational revelations, building the Kirtland Temple, Missouri persecutions, establishment of Nauvoo, and events leading to the Martyrdom.

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      REL C 342 : Pioneers and Persecution, 1846-1899. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      REL C 342 : Pioneers and Persecution, 1846-1899. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Exodus from Nauvoo, the experience of Mormon Pioneers crossing the plains, establishing Zion in the Great Basin, plural marriage and government persecution, the Manifesto, and events leading to Utah statehood.

      Course Outcomes
                
      : Honors Pioneers and Persecution, 1846-1899.
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      REL C 343 : The Global Church, 1900 to the Present. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      REL C 343 : The Global Church, 1900 to the Present. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: The Church in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, international expansion, significant developments of Church programs and structure, the Church during wartime, the world-wide spread of temples.

      Course Outcomes
                
      : Honors The Global Church, 1900 to the Present.
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      BYU undergraduate campus courses (including Salt Lake Center classes) from the approved American studies list may also be used to satisfy emphasis electives.

  4. Complete the following capstone course:
      STDEV 490 : Bachelor of General Studies Capstone. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      STDEV 490 : Bachelor of General Studies Capstone. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Independent Study only.
      PREREQUISITE: STDEV 100; completion of all other BGS program requirements.
      DESCRIPTION: Culminating course required for bachelor of general studies degree: analyze and evaluate BGS experience in light of the "Aims of a BYU Education" and summarize this experience in a reflective paper, integrate material learned in emphasis by completing a scholarly essay, and demonstrate accomplishment of learning outcomes.

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*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.