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American Studies Major

The major in American Studies equips students with an interdisciplinary skill set for interpreting the cultural heritage and contemporary trends in the United States. The program may especially appeal to foreign students seeking to acquire a clear grasp of the American experience in order to apply that knowledge, for example, to a career in international business. Read below to learn more about the American Studies Major.

Potential Careers:

  • Journalism
  • Community development
  • Public policy
  • Foreign service

Core Requirements

Required lower division courses:

One of the following:

One of the following:

One of the following:HIST207 History of USA I 3 cr.

Choose one more course from the ENGL or HIST list above, depending upon one’s preferred track: ENGL or HIST  3 cr.

Required upper division courses: 24 credits for the history track. For the English track, 21 upper division credits and 3 lower-division credits (see ENGL210 College Writing II “capstone sequence,” below):

Choose one English elective:

Choose one History elective:

Choose one Religious Studies elective:

Required Sociology course:

Capstone Track (choose one)

English Track:

History Track:

American Studies Minor

The minor in American studies requires:

One of the following:

One of the following:

One of the following:

Three of the following:

To view the most recent course list and requirements for the American Studies major, please consult the Academic Catalog.

American Studies Faculty

Next Steps

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