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American Studies Major Requirements

Entry into the Major

Students should declare American studies as their intended major as early in their college career as possible by filing a Declaration of Major and Change of Advisor form with the registrar. The student’s advisor should be from the English, history, or sociology department, depending upon which of the three tracks the student intends to complete within the American studies major. At least one of the lower-division electives in each of those three areas should be completed with a grade of C+ or higher prior to application for the major. Students must also have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.

Core Requirements

Required lower division courses:

One of the following:

One of the following:

One of the following:

Choose one more course from the ENGL, HIST, or SOCL list above, depending upon one’s preferred track: History, English, or Sociology.

Required upper division courses

24 credits for the history and sociology tracks; for the English track, 21 upper division credits and 3 lower-division credits—see ENGL 210 in the “capstone sequence,” below):

Choose one English elective:

Choose one History elective:

Choose one Sociology elective:

Choose one Religious Studies elective:

Required Art History course (3 credits):

Capstone Track (choose one)

History Track:

English Track:

Sociology Track: