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American Studies


American Studies
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Mary Graydon, Room 327

Nitzberg, Laura Ann
Academic Counselor

American Studies
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8012

American Studies (BA)

Offered by the Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires a grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale) in two courses related to the major.

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 39 credit hours with grades of C or better

Course Requirements

Required (36 credit hours)

  • AMST-200 American Dreams/American Lives (3) (3)
  • AMST-400 Interpreting American Culture (3) (3)
  • 9 additional credit hours in American studies (AMST-xxx) courses at the 300-level or above, excluding independent study and internships
  • 21 credit hours, with at least 15 credit hours at the 300-level or above, and no more than 9 credit hours taken in the same department, in courses focusing on Washington, DC, the United States, or the United States and the world, selected from at least three departments or programs including American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, History, or Literature

Senior Project (3 credit hours)

Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.