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Majors must complete required courses in each of the following areas:

  • Introduction to American Studies. Satisfied by AMS 100 or AMS 101.
  • American Identitites. Satisfied by AMS 110 or AMS 112.
  • The United States in Global Context. Satisfied by AMS 332 or SOC 332.
  • Theory and Method. Satisfied by AMS 360 and 1 additional course that explores methodological and theoretical approaches used in American studies. See your advisor for appropriate options
  • Capstone Experience. Satisfied by AMS 550.

Additionally, all majors choose one of seven concentrations in order to focus their studies. Each concentration requires 12 hours of coursework (4 classes), some of which may be offered by departments other than American Studies.

The seven concentrations are:

  • American Cultural Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Jazz Studies
  • Local and Global
  • Popular Culture
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religions in America

We encourage students to discuss their interests with their advisor and together choose which of these areas best suit their interests and goals.

By application, advanced students may pursue a focused project of research or service under the supervision of a faculty member. Satisfied by AMS 551, AMS 552, or AMS 553.

 

Minors and Double Majors

American Studies majors are encouraged to take a minor or second major in a related field, such as History, English, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Religion, African Studies, Economics, or Psychology. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the American Studies major, a minor or second major can be achieved reasonably within the usual four years of undergraduate study. Under current College policy, a minor or co-major is required for BGS students.


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