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American Studies

The American studies major—The American studies major requires 12 courses, as follows.

  • One of the following: AMST 203. Conflicts and Cultures in American Society or AMST 210. Doing Culture. This requirement is ordinarily taken in the sophomore year.
  • AMST 301. Junior Seminar: American Texts. The Writing Intensive Part II requirement is fulfilled by this course.
  • A senior seminar (400-level course) in American studies.
  • A senior exercise consisting of one of the following:
    • A second senior seminar.
    • A one-credit, one-semester independent research project, ordinarily a research paper of 40 pages.
    • A two-credit, two-semester thesis, ordinarily a research paper of at least 75 pages.
  • A student-designed thematic concentration of four courses, at least two of which must be at or above the 300 level. This concentration, designed by the student in consultation with his or her adviser, must be defined and titled by the end of the fall of the junior year. Up to one internship may count toward the concentration (as a 200-level course) if it is directed by a member of the American Studies Department faculty. Examples of possible concentrations include race, gender, ethnicity, class, popular culture, protest movements, or law and society.
  • Four additional courses in American studies. To ensure adequate breadth and depth, students must take at least four courses at or above the 300 level (including those in the concentration), from at least three different departments or programs. The required junior and senior seminars do not count toward this requirement.

Honors—To receive honors in American studies a student must complete a thesis or project with a grade of A- or better and earn a GPA of at least 3.5 in courses counted toward the major.