American Studies

Explore historical and contemporary American culture — and what makes our society distinctive — through American studies. By studying America's values, conflicts and experiences, you will get to know our country in a whole new way.

Program Overview

As an American studies major, you will have the opportunity to study American culture with an interdisciplinary approach. You will take courses from a variety of disciplines and complete an independent research project in which you address some of your most pressing questions about American culture.

In addition to three core courses in American studies, you will take courses from three areas of concentration (English and fine arts; history, philosophy and religious studies; and the social sciences). You will be able to tailor the program based on your interests as you select eight courses in your primary area of concentration (five focusing on U.S. culture and three focusing on other cultures), three courses from your secondary area of concentration and two courses from the remaining concentration.

In order to prepare you for work in our global society, you will also complete a language requirement. You may satisfy the requirement by taking a proficiency examination, completing an intermediate-level language course or participating in an approved education abroad experience.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".