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American Studies

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in American Studies (code AMSTBA01) (120 units)

American Studies is an interdisciplinary study of American culture. The American Studies Program offers a major leading to the bachelor's degree and a minor. The Program is governed by a committee of faculty from various departments and schools who also serve as advisors. Majors confer with the program director to plan their programs, which are recorded on official advising forms.

Students planning to major in American Studies should consult the program director early in their academic careers for general education and preparatory course recommendations and for teaching credential information.

Requirements

A minimum of 36 units distributed as follows:

Core courses (21 units):

  • Take the following courses:
    • AMST 300 Introduction to American Studies (3)
    • AMST 350I California Cultures (3)
    • AMST 498 Senior Seminar in American Studies (3)
  • Take 6 additional units in AMST-designated courses.
  • Take 3 units from the following courses:
    • HIST 477A American Cultural History (3)
    • HIST 477B American Cultural History (3)
  • Take 3 units from the following courses:
    • ENGL 372I Comedy in the United States (3)
    • ENGL 375 American Ethnic Writers (3)

Elective pattern (15 units):

Students choose a five-course elective pattern in consultation with the program advisor in one of the following areas of concentration. No more than two courses in this elective pattern can come from any one academic department.

  • 1. American Institutions, Ideas, and Experiences
  • 2. Diversity and Difference
  • 3. Popular Culture, Media, and Consumerism
  • 4. Public Culture and Civic Engagement
  • 5. Student Designed Area of Concentration