American Studies


UMass Lowell offers both a major and a minor in American Studies. For general information about the program visit American Studies website.

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

  • AMST.2480 Values in American Culture
  • HIST.1110/1120  U.S. History to/since 1877
  • ENGL.2940/2950 History of American Literature I/II
  • A course in research methods
  • AMST.4010/4910 American Studies Seminar/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 3000 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 3000 level or higher.

All students are also encouraged to do a practicum. 

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