2020-2021
American Studies

American Studies

American Studies is an interdisciplinary major which approaches the study of American culture from the perspective of a variety of academic disciplines. This approach encourages students to form a broad understanding of the ideas, issues, and events which have shaped our national identity. Students will develop an area of concentration in consultation with the program coordinator.

Students who successfully complete the American Studies major will:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the key factors shaping American history and culture;
  • demonstrate knowledge of how American literature contributes to American culture;
  • demonstrate knowledge of how other cultural influences shape American society, including (but not limited to) art, politics, religion, and philosophy;
  • analyze aspects of American identity in writing;
  • analyze aspects of American identity orally.

Program Type

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Program Contact

Professor Todd Coke

Program Options

Core Courses

(18 hours required)

Required Course Selections

(9 hours required: select three courses from three different departments)

Elective Courses

(24 hours required)

  • Select remaining 24 hours from the following departments, subject to approval form the program director: Art, Biology, Communication, Economics, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, or Sociology.

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