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Frequently Asked Questions

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS WHY A BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN AMERICAN STUDIES? UNDERGRADUATE MINORS IN AMERICAN STUDIES

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

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

American Studies require students to complete 30 credit hours.

Core Courses

Complete both of the following requirements:

Advanced Courses

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: How do I apply?

  • Visit http://admit.indiana.edu/apply/ for an on-line application. Specify on the application that American studies is your area of interest.
  • Application fee of $50 ($60 for international students)
If you are a current student at IUB and want to add the BA to your current program, contact the AMST Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Heather Elkins, amstadv at iu.edu or schedule an appointment https://starnet.indiana.edu/.

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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 MINORS IN AMERICAN STUDIES

Q: How many credit hours are required for the 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 many credit hours are required for the minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies?

Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours. At least 9 credit hours must be at or above the 300 level.

Complete both of the following requirements:

  • AMST-A 150 Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies (3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE GCC
  • AMST-A 275 Indigenous Worldviews in the Americas (3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE GCC
Additional course work should be selected in consultation with the NAIS advisor and the Chair of the Committee on NAIS, who will help the student develop a Plan of Study appropriate to his or her academic and career goals. The Plan of Study is subject to the following three restrictions:

  1. A maximum of 6 credit hours in a student's major may be credited toward the minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies.
  2. Must include at least 9 credit hours at the 300-400 level.
  3. A maximum of 8 credit hours in Native or Indigenous language course work (e.g., Lakota, Yucatec Maya, Quechua) may be credited toward the minor. In order to complete the NAIS minor, students applying two semesters (8 credit hours) of language study must also complete at least one non-language course from the Approved Course List for a total of 17 NAIS credit hours.
Other courses with significant (at least 60 percent) Native or Indigenous content may count toward the minor. Courses not listed in the Approved Course List must be authorized by the NAIS Advisor in concert with the Chair of the Committee on Native American and Indigenous Studies.

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

  • Contact your Undergraduate Academic Advisor in your major area of study.

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