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Department of American Studies College of Arts and Sciences


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American Studies majors define their concentration at the end of the second year, or after roughly 15 credits in the major, whichever comes first. The concentration is half of the student's work in the program, and it leads inevitably towards the paper written in A450.

To define their concentration, students should arrange a meeting with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and should consult the list of courses offered by American Studies -- including cross-listed courses. Please contact Karen Inouye, Director of Undergraduate Studies: kinouye at

Concentrations can be broad or narrow, but they are meant to be coherent, well thought-through, and interdisciplinary. In the past, students have chosen concentrations like: "Oppression and Resistance," "American Political Culture," "Borders and Hemispheres," and "American Music."

Once the student's concentration is defined, the Director of Undergraduate Studies will issue a report to the program's Academic Advisor.

For all matters relating to distribution requirements, graduation certification, and core skills in the College, students should consult the Academic Advisor.

For any questions or concerns about the concentration, students should work with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.