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Department of American Studies College of Arts and Sciences
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in American Studies

Degree Requirements

AMST Major Requirements For Students Who Matriculated in Summer 2016 and Onward

Students must complete at least 30 credit hours in American Studies, including the CASE Credit Hour and Residency Requirements and the following:

Core Courses

Complete both of the following requirements:
  • AMST-A 100 What is America? (3cr.) CASE A&H
  • Any three (3) courses from the following:
    AMST-A 150 Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies (3 cr.) CASE S&H

    AMST-A 200 Comparative American Identities (3 cr.) CASE A&H, CASE DUS

    AMST-A 201 U.S. Movements and Institutions 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 S&H, CASE GCC

    AMST-A 298 Special Topics in Arts and Humanities for American Studies (3 cr.) CASE A&H

    AMST-A 299 Special Topics in Social and Historical Studies for American Studies (3 cr.) CASE S&H

Advanced Courses

Complete at least 18 credit hours from the following:
  • AMST-A 300 The Image of America in the World (3 cr.) CASE S&H
  • 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 397 Foreign Studies in American Studies (1-6 cr.)
  • AMST-A 398 Advanced Topics in Arts and Humanities for American Studies (3 cr.) CASE A&H
  • AMST-A 399 Advanced Topics in Social and Historical Studies for American Studies (3 cr.) CASE S&H
  • AMST-A 450 Senior Seminar in American Studies (3 cr.) [Intensive Writing]
  • AMST-A 451 Honors Senior Seminar in American Studies (3 cr.)
  • AMST-X 370 Service Learning in American Studies (1-3 cr.)
  • AMST-X 390 Readings in American Studies (1-3 cr.)
Students must also complete the B.A. degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

AMST Major Requirements For Students Who Matriculated in Summer 2013 and Onward

15 credit hours must come from AMST 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 in American Studies (3 cr.) [Intensive Writing]

In consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, students design an individual concentration (minimum of 15 credit hours) that provides focus and purpose to their remaining coursework in the major and that provides solid background for their senior seminar topic. The concentration will be built from elective courses offered through the Department of American Studies and from cross-listed course offerings in other programs, departments, and units. At least 9 credit hours counted toward the area of study must be at the 300 level or higher. Sample concentrations can be found here.

AMST Major Requirements For Students Who Matriculated Pre-Summer 2013

15 credit hours must come from AMST 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 in American Studies (3 cr.) [Intensive Writing]

In consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, who will help them to make appropriate choices, students design an individual concentration (minimum of 15 credit hours) that provides focus and purpose to their remaining coursework in the major and that provides solid background for their senior seminar topic. The concentration will be built from concentration courses offered through the Department of American Studies and from cross-listed course offerings in other programs, departments, and units. At least 6 credit hours counted toward the area of study must be at the 300 level or higher. Sample concentrations can be found here.

Concentration Courses

  • 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 S&H, CASE GCC
  • AMST-A 298 Special Topics in Arts and Humanities for American Studies (3 cr.) CASE A&H
  • AMST-A 299 Special Topics in Social and Historical Studies 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 and Humanities for American Studies (3 cr.) CASE A&H
  • AMST-A 399 Advanced Topics in Social and Historical Studies in American Studies (3 cr.) CASE S&H
  • AMST-X 370 Service Learning in American Studies (1-3 cr.)
  • AMST-X 390 Readings in American Studies (1-3 cr.)

Students pursuing a B.A. 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.

Students who are double-majoring may cross-count one course.