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The American Studies Major

The American Studies major involves the interdisciplinary study of American culture and leads to a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies. Students focus on the regional and subcultural diversity of the United States, while at the same time exploring the shared history and values of the nation.

Degree Requirements

Majors must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. Students should formulate a specific program of study in consultation with the American Studies faculty. Students must complete the following fourteen (14) courses (42 credits) and sufficient electives to total at least 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major.

Foundation Courses (15 Credits)

AMST 100 Approaches to the Study of American Society and Culture
AMST 201 Research Methods  
AMST 301 Junior Community Colloquium  
AMST 420 Senior Seminar I  
AMST 421 Senior Seminar II  


5 courses selected from the following topical areas:

*Note-These are variable content courses and may be repeated for credit, but students may study a single topic only once.

AMST 370 Topics in Race, Gender and Sexuality in America  
AMST 371 Topics in Ethnicity, Class and Region in America  
AMST 372 Topics in American Material and Popular Culture  
AMST 373 Topics in American Ideas and Institutions  

Four Interdisciplinary electives:

At least two at the 200 level or above from offerings on United States life and culture from related disciplines such as Art and Architectural History, Architecture, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science.