American Studies : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA
Graduate: MA, PhD

American Studies - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum 2.0 GPA overall.
Minimum 2.5 GPA in prerequisite courses.

Advising Notes

See the director of undergraduate studies or the undergraduate advisor for advisement and suggestions on course selection.

Prerequisite Courses

AMS 107 Introduction to American Studies
AMS 113 American Lives and Environments (before 1900)
AMS 114 American Lives and Environments (after 1900)

Required Courses

AMS 364 Seminar for Majors
Eight elective American Studies courses; at least four of which must be at the 300/400 level. These electives must include:

- At least three courses focusing on gender, class, race, ethnicity, and/or indigenous studies
- At least two courses focusing on American culture(s) before 1900
- At least three courses focusing on cultures of the Atlantic World or the Americas beyond the United States

Any given course may fulfill more than one of the above categories. Related courses taken outside of the program may be applicable toward the major, when approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 36

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

American Studies - Joint Major

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum 2.0 GPA overall.
Minimum 2.5 GPA in prerequisite courses.

Advising Notes

See the director of undergraduate studies or the undergraduate advisor for advisement and suggestions on course selection.

Prerequisite Courses

AMS 107 Introduction to American Studies
AMS 113 American Lives and Environments (before 1900)
AMS 114 American Lives and Environments (after 1900)

Required Courses

AMS 364 Seminar for Majors
Four elective American Studies courses; at least four of which must be at the 300/400 level. These electives must include:

- At least two courses focusing on gender, class, race, ethnicity, and/or indigenous studies
- At least one course focusing on American culture(s) before 1900
- At least one course focusing on cultures of the Atlantic World or the Americas beyond the United States

Any given course may fulfill more than one of the above categories. Related courses taken outside of the program may be applicable toward the major, when approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Summary
Total required credit hours for the joint major...24

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

American Studies - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.

Advising Notes

Submit minor application to the Department of American Studies.

Required Courses

At least six AMS or other courses among those listed for the major (see above), including at least three at the 300-400 level. Further, the six courses must be distributed among at least three of the six groups in the major list.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:08 EST