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 1877 / U.S. History since 1877
  • ENGL.2820 American Literary Traditions
  • SOCI.1010/POLI.1010 Introduction to Sociology / Introduction to American Politics
  • AMST.4010/4910 American Studies Seminar / Directed Study
  • A course in research methods

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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Students transferring to the College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences who wish to major in American Studies must make individual arrangements with the coordinator of the program regarding credit for major and collateral course requirements. Some introductory courses at the 1000 level may be applicable to the American Studies major, but they cannot be applied to the first 30 hours of the major.

For additional information, contact the program coordinator.