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Department of American Studies College of Arts and Sciences
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Frequently Asked Questions

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Q: How many credit hours are required to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree?

  • American Studies require students to complete 30 credit hours.
    • 15 credit hours of American Studies core courses
    • 15 credit hours of concentration courses; at least nine credit hours counted toward the concentration must be at the 300 level or higher.
    • Students pursing a BA in American Studies must meet the fundamental skills foreign language requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences by completing the study of a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework.
  • The College of Arts and Sciences require students to complete 120 credit hours to graduate.

Q: Does American Studies offer an Honors Program?

Yes, in addition to the other major requirements, students must also complete:

  • AMST-A 451 Honors Seminar (3 cr.)
  • AMST-A 452 Honors Thesis (3 cr.)
  • Honors students also must demonstrate advanced language competency in a single foreign language equivalent to a third year of study. This may require students to take an additional two semesters (6 cr.) of a foreign language beyond the standard College requirements, including at least one course at the 300 level or above that studies a foreign language literature. The language chosen for study must pertain directly to American studies and requires the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of American Studies

Q: Is there a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA)?

  • Based on earned Indiana University credits, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 must be maintained for continuation towards an American Studies degree
  • Honors Degree
    • Minimum GPA of 3.500 in the major
    • Minimum GPA of 3.300 overall in the College

Q: What are the core courses?

  • AMST-A 100 What is America? (3 cr.) CASE A&H
  • AMST-A 200 Comparative American Identities (3 cr.) CASE A&H, CASE DUS
  • AMST-A 350 Topics in Interdisciplinary American Studies(3 cr.)
  • AMST-A 351 American Studies in Transnational Contexts (3 cr.) CASE A&H
  • AMST-A 450 Senior Seminar (3 cr.)

Q: How do I choose my concentration?

  • Meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies after looking over the list of concentration courses and surveying course offerings for current and future semesters at the following Web site http://registrar.indiana.edu/scheofclass.shtml

Q: What concentration courses are offered by American Studies?

  • AMST-A 150 Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies (3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE GCC
  • AMST-A 201 U.S. Movements and Institutions (3 cr.) CASE S&H
  • AMST-A 202 U.S. Arts and Media (3 cr.) CASE A&H
  • AMST-A 275 Indigenous Worldviews in the Americas (3 cr.) CASE A&H
  • AMST-A 298 Special Topics in Arts & Humanities for American Studies (3 cr.) CASE A&H
  • AMST-A 299 Special Topics in Social & Historical for American Studies (3 cr.) CASE S&H
  • AMST-A 300 The Image of America in the World (3 cr.) CASE S&H
  • AMST-A 397 Foreign Studies in American Studies (1-6 cr.)
  • AMST-A 398 Advanced Topics in Arts & Humanities for American Studies (3 cr.) CASE A&H
  • AMST-A 399 Advanced Topics in Social & Historical for American Studies (3 cr.) CASE S&H
  • AMST-A 401 Readings in American Studies (3 cr.)
  • AMST-A 402 Service Learning (3 cr.)

Q: How do I apply?

  • Visit the following Web site http://admit.indiana.edu/apply/ for an on-line application or to download a paper application. Specify on the application that American studies is your area of interest.
  • Application fee of $50 ($60 for international students)
  • Students will be admitted to the University Division.

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WHY A BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN AMERICAN STUDIES?

Q: As a graduate, what skills can I expect to gain?

  • Clear & logical thinking
  • Critical evaluation
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Literacy & Expression
  • Negotiating
  • Organizing
  • Planning
  • Research
  • Working to meet deadlines

In addition graduates will:

  • be able to set the history, politics, and culture of the United States in a global and comparative context;
  • understand a broad range of basic historical facts about the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Central and South America; and
  • be able to think logically and analytically, to make detailed observations, and to formulate interdisciplinary interpretations of the literature, art, music, and mass culture of the United States, Canada, and the Americas.

Q: Who employs graduates with an American Studies degree?

  • Public Administration
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Business & Research
  • Manufacturing
  • Community, Social & Personal Service
  • Transport
  • Hotels & Restaurants
  • Retail

Q: What types of jobs may be useful with an American Studies degree?

  • Administration in Local or Central Government
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Archivist
  • Charities Administrator
  • Computer Analyst/Programmer
  • Higher Education Teaching & Research
  • Information Management/Science
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Marketing Manager
  • Personnel Manager
  • Solicitor
  • Teaching in Schools & Colleges of Further Education

Q: How will a degree in American Studies prepare me for graduate school?

  • Graduates will know how to collect, document, maintain, manage evidence, and how to organize and compose interpretive and research essays.
  • Graduates will have developed oral and written communications skills.
  • Graduates will be familiar with fundamental principles of American Studies as an interdisciplinary field.

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UNDERGRADUATE MINOR IN AMERICAN STUDIES

Q: How many credit hours are required for a minor in American Studies?

  • 15 credit hours of required courses. At least 9 credit hours in American Studies courses must be at the 300-400 level
  • AMST-A 100 What is America? (3 cr.) CASE A&H
  • One of the following: AMST-A 200 Comparative American Identities (3 cr.) CASE A&H, CASE DUS; AMST-A 201 Movements & Institutions (3 cr.) CASE S&H; OR AMST-A 202 U.S. Arts & Media (3 cr.) CASE A&H
  • Three American Studies courses at the 300-400 level for a total of 9 credit hours
  • Refer to the cross-listed courses page for approved cross-listed courses that may fulfill American Studies distribution credit.

Q: How do I apply for a minor in American Studies?

  • Contact wsmithii @ indiana.edu (Will Smith), AMST Advisor.

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