American Studies

The American Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary major or minor for students interested in a broad liberal arts education. Through a self-selected course of study, students acquire (a) an understanding of the social, political, and economic forces shaping American culture, and their historical development; (b) an appreciation for the diversity of the American experience.

The major requires 36 semester hours. A 2.0 cumulative GPA in major courses is required for graduation. Though no minor is required with the American Studies major, students are encouraged to have a second major in a complementary discipline, such as english, history, political science or sociology. Majors might also consider career-oriented fields, such as pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, journalism, public relations, library science, accounting, marketing, management, radio-television-film, military science, or education.  The requirements listed below are in addition to the arts and letters core curriculum. Students in this program will be advised by the director of the American Studies Program.  Please contact Dr. Greene with any questions.

American Studies Degree Plan


American Studies Minor

Students minoring in American studies must complete 18 hours in course work that is drawn from courses listed under the major requirements including one of the following courses: AMS 304, 403 or 404. Students may count no more than three hours from their major towards an AMS minor.