What courses will you take?
The B.A. in American Studies is an interdisciplinary program, allowing you to choose courses from different disciplines (such as the arts, history, literature, political science, psychology, economics, sociology) to analyze American culture, social structures and problems, and avenues of change.
Sample core courses include Values in American Culture, U.S. History to 1877, U.S. History since 1877, American Literary Traditions, Introduction to Sociology and Introduction to American Politics.
You have two options for organizing your coursework:
- General Option — Choose two disciplines (such as arts and political science) and take two to three courses from each as well as an interdisciplinary course. Courses for General Option
- Thematic Option — Identify a theme to explore and choose five to six courses from the list approved for each theme. Themes include The City, the Environment and Technology in America; Class, Gender and Ethnicity in America; Popular Culture and the Arts in America; Conflict and War in American Culture. Courses for Thematic Option
Visit the Academic Catalog for a complete course listing and to learn about the American Studies minor.
You can also choose an American Studies concentration through the Bachelor of Liberal Arts program.