American Studies, B.A. Degree

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts

School: School of Arts and Sciences

Department: American Studies

American Studies is an interdisciplinary liberal arts program that examines the history, culture, social and economic structure, forms of cultural expression, and political and legal institutions of the United States. It integrates history, sociology, literature, and media studies and is designed to develop critical thinking, debate, and clear expository writing skills, with a focus on diversity and social inequality.

Program Overview

Professor Karl Grossman teaches class. The program combines a liberal arts education with career preparation, offering fields of study in U.S. History and Society, Media Studies, African American History and Culture, and Women’s Studies. The major provides training suitable for various careers and emphasizes taking constructive action for social change.

Evening Students

American Studies offers a limited selection of courses in the evening. Completion of a major requires daytime course attendance.

Transfer Students

The major can be completed in two years with appropriate planning. A maximum of four courses can be transferred toward the major. AS2112-AS2122, The American People I-II, are prerequisites for certain courses and should be taken in the first year.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Credits Required: 120 credits, including 90 credits in liberal arts.

Liberal Education Curriculum

Refer to the Liberal Education Curriculum Bulletin for specific requirements.

Major Requirements (11 courses)

General Electives

In consultation with Academic Advisor.

Program Policies

Department Contact

Students are advised to see an advisor at least once a semester and are encouraged to contact the department for further information and guidance.