Sample Degree Pathway for American Studies - Thematic Option

For students who entered fall 2015 and beyond.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1010/ HONR.1100 College Writing I/FYSH (CW) 3
MATH.xxxx MATH.1110 (QL) recommended (MATH)5 3
xxxx.xxxx Science w/Lab Persp. (SCL) 3/4
WLxx.xxxx Language 1 Culture 3
HIST.1110/ HIST.1120 U.S. History 3
FAHS.1090 First Year Seminar2 1
Total 16/17

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1020 College Writing II (CW) 3
xxxx.xxxx Science w/Lab Persp. (SCL) 3/4
xxxx.xxxx Social Science Persp. (SS) 3
WLxx.xxxx Language 2 Culture 3
SOCI.1010 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total 15/16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) - PHIL.2010/2020 recommended (CTPS)4 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Science Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
xxxx.xxxx Language 3 Culture or World Ready Elective6 3
ENGL.2820 American Literary Traditions 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
AMST.2480 Values in American Culture (DCA), (SRE) 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Science Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx STEM Persp. (STEM) 3
xxxx.xxxx Language 4 Culture or World Ready Elective6 3
xxxx.xxxx Research Methods Course3/4 3
Total 15

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
xxxx.3/4xxx AS Thematic Course1 3
xxxx.3/4xxx American Content Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx World Ready Elective6 or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
xxxx.3/4xxx AS Thematic Course1 3
xxxx.3/4xxx AS Thematic Course1 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
xxxx.3/4xxx AS Thematic Course1 3
AMST.4010/ AMST.4910 Senior Am. Studies Seminar/Directed Study in Am. Studies (AIL), (IL), (WOC) 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
xxxx.3/4xxx AS Thematic Course1 3
xxxx.xxxx AS Thematic Course1 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15
Total Minimum Credits = 120

1Students following the Thematic Option choose their AS Thematic courses from two disciplines and take 12 credits at the 3000 level or above (six credits from each discipline). A list of approved courses is available through the student's SiS account, on the American Studies website, or from the coordinator.

2Required for entering freshmen.

3Students may take Research Methods in any of the following subjects: Psychology, History, Sociology, or Political Science.

4American Studies students meet the Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (CTPS) outside of the major.
CTPS may be satisfied with PHIL.2010 Intro. to Philosophy or PHIL.2020 Intro. to Logic and Critical Reasoning.
Additionally, the following Research Seminars satisfy CTPS (some have prerequisite courses):

  • HIST.4320 Research Seminar
  • POLI.3010 Research Methods in Political Sci.
  • PSYC.3750 Research III: Laboratory
  • SOCI.4030 Research II: Qualitative Methods

See the CTPS course listing for a complete list of options.

5Quantitative Literacy (QL) is fulfilled outside the American Studies major. The department recommends that all majors take a math course that satisfies the QL outcome, such as MATH 1110.

6World Ready Language Track (WR track) requires successful completion of a two course sequence in a World Language (depending on placement) and three approved courses on the culture/history/literature/film related to that language, but taught in English. (Total of 15 credits.) For detailed information refer to Policies - Language Requirements in the undergraduate catalog.

Students must take 36-45 credits within the major, with at least 15 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level.

A list of courses fulfilling the interdisciplinary elective requirement is available through the student's SiS account, on the American Studies website, or from the coordinator.

No more than two Breadth of Knowledge courses can be taken with the same prefix. The Core Curriculum courses may be taken in any sequence. Refer to the Core Curriculum website for further details. You should meet with your faculty advisor to determine how you will meet the Core Curriculum requirements.

Current UMass Lowell students should use their Advisement Report in SIS. If you need assistance, please contact your advisor.

Restriction on off-campus study:

Be advised that any course taken at another institution must be formally approved prior to enrollment. See the catalog policy for details.

Last updated: 10/25/2017