Every national culture has characteristic patterns of diversity and homogeneity, stability and change, continuity and conflict. American Studies is the organized pursuit of knowledge about the national culture of the United States to gain a comprehensive understanding of the American people -- their ideals and values as well as their patterns of behavior. American Studies is broadly interdisciplinary and based upon insights and methodologies of such liberal arts as literature, history, the arts, anthropology, geography, and religious studies. Receptive to new perspectives and methods of inquiry that challenge older explanations, American Studies is inclusive and synthetic. American Studies students acquire knowledge of American institutional structures, collective and group behavior, creative expression, demographic composition, regional identity, and characteristic attitudes and values.
Interests and Skills
Students should have a strong interest in American culture and history. This can include the visual arts, music, and popular culture, as well as social movements and politics in any time period of U.S. history. Many students also have great interest in how America fits into the larger global picture. Curiosity about different parts of American culture and a willingness to explore new areas are essential. A desire to communicate ideas in writing is important. This major helps develop skills in connecting information, writing strong arguments, and reading for both fine detail and the big picture.
Undergraduates may earn a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies. Graduate students may earn a Master of Arts in American Studies.
Many career opportunities exist for American Studies majors. Many students attend law school, library school, or pursue advanced degrees. American Studies majors teach in secondary schools, junior colleges, and universities and work for historical commissions, arts alliances, museums, libraries, and the private sector.
Types of Jobs Accepted
Recent graduates have accepted jobs in libraries, museums, student services, tourism, secondary education, junior college teaching, advertising, public relations, journalism, and labor relations.
Jobs of Experienced Alumni
Jobs held by alumni include Attorney, University Trustee, University External Affairs and Development Director, School Counselor, Principal, Museum Sales Manager, Museum Consultant, Public Relations Specialist, Library Collection Curator, Special Collections Librarian, Public Television Production Manager, Fiction and Biography Author, Popular Music Critic, Publishing Account Executive, Arts Alliance Programs Director, Community Celebration and Documentation Coordinator, Educational Programmer, Jessie Ball DuPont Fund Executive Director, Advertising Website Developer, Public Health Counselor, Dept. of Labor Wage and Hour Investigator, Architectural Historian, and Congressional Press Secretary.
American Studies (AMS)
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|AMS 150||AMS 151|
|EN 101||EN 102|
|MA COURSE||FA COURSE|
|N COURSE||N COURSE|
|C PREREQ OR FL||C OR FL COURSE|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|AMS 231 or 232||AMS 202, 203, 204, or 205|
|EN 209 OR 210||HY 204|
|HY 203||MINOR COURSE|
|AMS ELECTIVE||SB COURSE|
|C OR ELECTIVE||ELECTIVE COURSE|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|AMS ELECTIVE||AMS 300-499|
|EN 340||MINOR COURSE|
|SB COURSE||ELECTIVE 300-499|
|MINOR COURSE||ELECTIVE COURSE|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|AMS W COURSE 400-499||AMS W COURSE 400-499|
|AMS 491 OR 492||MINOR 300-499|
|Elective 300-499||MINOR OR ELECTIVE|
|MINOR 300-499||ELECTIVES 300-499|
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