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Dr. Carol Singley
Department of English
856-225-6629
Armitage Hall
311 North Fifth Street
Camden New Jersey 08102
United States

Walt Whitman Program in American Studies » Walt Whitman Track in American Studies

Walt Whitman Track in American Studies

Walt Whitman BuildingThis track encourages American Studies minors to take advantage of the unique cultural resources of Camden, where Whitman spent the last years of his life and where he attained international fame.  Few figures profit from interdisciplinary study as much as Whitman, whose poetry and prose is a rich repository of literary, artistic, musical, historical, religious, and philosophical currents.  The Walt Whitman House, just a few blocks from the Rutgers-Camden campus, is one of the best preserved literary landmarks in the United States, and the adjacent Whitman library has a fine collection of writings by and about Whitman.

Students choosing this track may select courses that offer an international context or background for Whitman’s writings.  Their senior Independent Study must involve either research on Whitman or an internship at the Walt Whitman House.

Electives

(12 credits, at least 6 of which at the 300-level or above)
Students choose from among the following courses or from approved special topics courses offered each semester:

African American Studies

  • Any 50:014 (African American Studies) courses

Anthropology

  • 50:070:323   Anthropology of American Culture
  • 50:070:338   North American Indians
  • 50:070:344   Dance of the African Diaspora

Art

  • 50:082:332  African-American Art
  • 50:082:367  American Art
  • 50:082:368  Twentieth-Century American Art
  • 50:082:382  History of Design
  • 50:082:383  History of Photography

Criminal Justice

  • 50:202:201   Criminal Justice in American Society

Economics

  • 50:220:305   American Economic History

English

  • Any 50:352 (American literature) courses
  • 50:615:336 Modern American Grammar

Film Studies

  • 50:354:315   American Film

History

  • Any 50:512 (American history) courses open to nonmajors, except 211 and 212

Music

  • 50:700:309   American Music

Philosophy

  • 50:730:367   American Philosophers

Political Science

  • 50:790:205   American State and Local Government
  • 50:790:215   Introduction to American Politics
  • 50:790:304   Politics and Culture
  • 50:790:308   New Jersey Politics
  • 50:790:333   The CIA and American Intelligence
  • 50:790:351   Political Parties in the United States
  • 50:790:356   Women and Politics
  • 50:790:364   Politics of Minority Groups
  • 50:790:375   American Political Thought
  • 50:790:401   American Constitutional Development
  • 50:790:407   The American Presidency
  • 50:790:409   Law and American Civilization
  • 50:790:422   Politics, Business, and American Capitalism
  • 50:790:434   Government, Business, and American Politics
  • 50:790:442   Human Freedoms and the Constitution
  • 50:790:447   Critical Issues in American Government

Psychology

  • 50:830:203   The Psychology of Minority Groups

Religion

  • 50:840:216   African American Religion
  • 50:840:225   Religion in Contemporary America

Sociology

  • 50:920:280   Social Movements in Society
  • 50:920:306   Sociology of the Family
  • 50:920:326  American Communities-Structure and Change
  • 50:920:316   Race and Ethnicity
  • 50:920:321   Urban Sociology
  • 50:920:332   Social Stratification
  • 50:920:430   African-American Culture
  • 50:920:442   Mass Media and Popular Culture

Theater Arts

  • 50:965:308   American Musical Theater
  • 50:965:309   American Theater

Urban Studies and Community Planning

  • 50:975:204   Poverty and Urban Environmental Systems
  • 50:975:219   History of the Ghetto and American Slums

Walt Whitman Track

In addition to electing courses from the above list that pertain to Whitman and American culture during his lifetime (1819-92), a student pursuing the Walt Whitman Track within the minor may select from the following courses:

English

  • 50:350:322   Romantic Period
  • 50:350:324   Victorian Literature
  • 50:350:377   Literature and Sexuality 

Music

  • 50:700:337   Opera

Psychology

  • 50:830:312   Psychology of Minority Groups
  • 50:830:347   Psychology of Human Sexuality