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American Studies


The American studies major requires 12 courses that break down into 3 groups and includes a student-designed thematic concentration.

Concentrations/Tracks: A student-designed thematic concentration is built from 4 courses within the Interdisciplinary and Elective course requirements and must include at least 2 courses at the 300 level or above.

Core courses: 4 Core courses: AMST 203 or AMST 210; AMST 301; AMST 409 (senior seminar); and one of the following—a second senior seminar, a senior project, or a senior thesis.


  • 4 Elective courses——AMST or cross-list courses at any level, excluding courses counted toward Core and Interdisciplinary requirements.
  • 4 Interdisciplinary courses at the 300 level or higher. Only two courses can originate in the same department.


Study away: A major in American Studies is often able to apply one or two courses toward the major when studying away. Vienna, Trinidad, and Paris are good fits for American Studies majors, but many other sites work well too. Set up a meeting with an American Studies faculty member for more information.

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.