American Studies

American Studies Major


UMass Lowell offers both a major and a minor in American Studies, as well as a combined BA/MA with the Program in Economic and Social Development of Regions. For general information about the program visit: American Studies.

The Major in American Studies

All students majoring in American Studies are required to take the following courses:  

  • 40.248 Values in American Culture
  • 43.111/43.112  U.S. History to/since 1877
  • 42.294/42.295 History of American Literature I and II
  • A course in research methods
  • 40.401 American Studies Seminar or 40.491 Directed Study

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In addition, students select courses from the arts, humanities, and social sciences through which they analyze American culture, social structures and problems, and avenues of change. These courses are selected with guidance from the faculty in American Studies. Students are also encouraged to complete at least one internship/practicum in a professional area of interest. A typical American Studies major completes 36 credits in American Studies courses. 

Student following the traditional major will then choose two disciplines from which to take 12 credits at the 300 level or above (six credits from each discipline) and an interdisciplinary course.

Students choosing the thematic option will identify a theme to explore and choose five to six courses from the list approved for each theme. Three of these courses must be at the 300 level or higher.

All students are also encouraged to do a practicum. 

BA/MA Option in Economic and Social Development of Regions

The American Studies Program offers a five-year BA/MA option in conjunction with the Program in the Economic and Social Development of Regions.  The option allows students to take selected courses from Economic and Social Development of Regions graduate offerings while completing the American Studies major.

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