American Studies Major

Our American Studies degree is a major for students who want to focus their academic work around American society and culture.

The Humanities department provides students with scholarly and practical opportunities for learning about the discrete disciplines of Communications, Drama, English, the Fine Arts, History, and Philosophy.

Students are also offered the opportunity to ground their undergraduate experience in an American Studies, History and Social Studies, or Liberal Studies majors, as well as the Humanities Core curriculum courses.

All Humanities courses are designed to instill in the student the significance of and the means by which discrete disciplines within the Humanities interact not only with each other, but also with fields of study outside the traditional purview of the Humanities. Learning is done with a conscious awareness of how the study of the Humanities relates to a Christian worldview.

What Can I do With this Degree?

American Studies majors often use their degree as a springboard into graduate school. Law, education, and history are a few of the options available for further study. Graduates will also be ready for employment in government, non-profit organizations, or business.


Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2 American Studies Major

32 credits (minimum): 15 credits in residence, 12 credits upper division. Required:

HIS 485Historiography3
HUM 391/392Humanities Internship2-5
27 credits from the following:
EC 203Economics3
EN 245/345Urban Literature3
EN 325Rogues and Rebels: Survey of Literature in English 1600 to 18153
OR EN 326Romantics to Realists: Survey of Literature in English from 1815 to Present3
OR COMM/EN 450Ethical Theory for Writing and Reading3
HIS 206Strangers Among Us: U.S. Immigration and Borderlands3
HIS 207The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: American Presidency3
HIS 208U.S. History Through Film3
HIS 260History of Religion in the U.S.3
HIS 306Seminar in U.S. History3
HIS 340Ethnic Relations in America3
HIS/URB 370History of the American City3
PS 201Intro to Politics and American Government3
PS 315Governing States and Communities3

Major Competencies

  • Graduates will use appropriate concepts, methods, and materials to foster an integrative approach to learning about American culture and society, past and present.
  • Graduates will effectively synthesize knowledge about American culture and society from appropriate primary and secondary source material from multiple academic disciplines.
  • Graduates will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the American experience, particularly across the issues of class, ethnicity, gender, religion, and race.
  • Graduates will transform culture by engaging aesthetic urban contexts and communities.

(updated Oct. 2016)