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American Studies


The interdisciplinary major in American Studies requires twelve courses, including introductory sequences in American Culture and American history.

To satisfy the sequence in American History, students take both of the following courses: Introduction to U.S. History I and II (HIS 201 and 202).

Beyond this foundation, the major consists of eight upper-level courses. Two of these are required:

  • American Studies Colloquium (AMS 300), usually offered in the fall
  • Senior Capstone Experience Seminar (AMS SCE), usually offered in the spring

The remaining six required upper-level courses are electives. There is a formal list of American Studies electives, but students are encouraged to develop an individualized course of study reflecting their interests and goals. This individualized course of study may include additional courses (both special topics and regular offerings), as well as internships, study-abroad experiences, experiential learning, and other programs. The Program Director and other American Studies faculty will work closely with students to assist in designing their course of study and preparing them for the Capstone.

Because of the program’s interdisciplinary nature, there is no minor in American Studies.