BA in American Studies

Students in the American Studies major analyze the society, culture, and politics of the United States from an interdisciplinary perspective that draws on history, cultural analysis, art and architecture, public policy, and folklore studies, among others. Students are introduced to key concepts in the analysis of culture and society through a set of core courses.

Required Courses for NEW MAJORS ONLY - (signed up Fall 2013 or later)*

Requirements for the Major

AMST 2010 - Early American Cultural History

AMST 2011 - Modern American Cultural History

AMST 3900 - Critiquing Culture

AMST 3901 - Examining America

AMST 4500 - Proseminar in American Studies

Five additional American Studies courses. Five additional AMST courses, no more than two of which may be at the 1000-level.

Beginning Fall 2013, majors will not be allowed to register for AMST 4500 until they have completed at least 2 of the following 4 courses required for the major: AMST 2010, 2011, 3900 & 3901.**                                          

Visit the Undergraduate Bulletin for more information.

Jacqueline Drayer wins the Luther Rice Fellowship!

Congratulations to Jacqueline Drayer (BA '15), who was recently awarded a Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Jacqueline describes her research plans: "I plan to explore the relationship between old alley and tenement housing and modern day micro apartments and tiny houses. Although the specific architectural forms have changed, minuscule dwellings are again popping up in cities like New York City, San Francisco, Washington DC, and London. Yet the homes' occupants and surrounding culture, as well as the architecture itself, has changed drastically. The image of micro housing previously and currently provides an alternate lens for viewing contemporary urbanism, and perhaps a glimpse of things to come."