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The Department of American Studies (AMS)

The Department of American Studies offers an undergraduate major and minor. American studies is the organized, interdisciplinary pursuit of knowledge about the national culture of the United States. Students can gain a comprehensive understanding of the American people’s ideals, values, and patterns of behavior, and how these change over time.

American Studies Major (BA)

Department of American Studies, 101 ten Hoor Hall
www.as.ua.edu/amstud
americanstudies@as.ua.edu

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in American studies must complete all University, college (see p. 50-52), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA and all work attempted applicable to the major throughout the entire higher education career.

Major courses. The major in American studies requires the successful completion of the following 30 semester hours:

CoursesHours
AMS 1503
AMS 1513
AMS 202, AMS 203, AMS 204, or AMS 2053
AMS 2313
AMS 4853
AMS 4863
AMS 491 or AMS 4923
AMS electives 300 or 400 level3
AMS electives6
Total30

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in American studies requires the successful completion of the following courses outside the major:

CoursesHours
HY 203 (or HY 205) and HY 204 (or HY 206)6
EN 209 (or EN 219) or EN 210 (or EN 220)3
American literature EN 300 level*3

*Must be chosen from the following: EN 340, EN 341, EN 342, EN 350, EN 360, EN 361, or EN 365.

Required minor. This major requires the completion of a minor.

Additional major requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester.

Special opportunities. Students have the opportunity to complete internships in a variety of settings. Students should contact the department for more information.

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