Major in American Studies (B.A.)

To earn the bachelor's degree in American studies, students take a minimum of 14 courses (42 credits).

Required American studies courses:

  • AST201: American Civilization I: Introduction to American Studies
  • AST202: American Civilization II: Theory and Practice
  • AST390: American Civilization III: Research Methods
  • AST490: American Civilization IV: Senior Seminar

Required disciplinary courses:

  • AST410: Classic American Philosophy
  • One of the following arts courses: AST215: American Music, AST303: American Art: 1650-1950 or AST397: Special Topics in Film
  • One of the following cultural and historic preservation courses: AST222: Historical Archeology: Material Culture in Everyday Life or AST301: American Architecture Survey
  • One of the following literature courses: AST314: Realism and Naturalism in 19th-Century American Literature or AST315: The American Literary Renaissance
  • One of the following history courses: AST313: American Immigrant Experience or AST322: Urban America

Students choose a minimum of five additional elective courses in consultation with their adviser and with approval from the program coordinator. In addition, students produce and present an original piece of scholarly research during the fall semester of their senior year. Majors are encouraged, but not required, to study abroad and complete an internship.

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