Undergraduate Program

The Undergraduate Major in American Studies

For our undergraduate major, students combine courses in American Studies with courses from relevant disciplines in literature, history, the arts, and social sciences.

The undergraduate major encourages innovative, non-traditional scholarship; it also requires a substantial foundation of knowledge of the United States from local, national, and global perspectives. Each student chooses one of six areas of concentration: national formations; the international United States; material cultures and built environments; politics and American communities; and visual, audio, literary, and performance cultures.

Students interested in the major are encouraged to consult with the American Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies.  At this meeting, the DUS will acquaint prospective majors with the program of study worksheet and go over course transcripts to begin charting progress in the major.