American Studies Degree Requirements


The following requirements apply to the class of 2011 and thereafter.


Degree Requirements for the Major    

A minimum of 30 points is required to complete the major.
Major Planner - Class of 2011 and after

  • AMST W1010. Introduction to American Studies: Major Themes in the American Experience (3 pts)
  • Two seminars in American Studies (8 pts)
  • Two American Studies Core courses (6 pts). The following two courses are ordinarily required:
    • ENGL W3267. Foundations of American Literature I: American Literature from the Puritans to the Civil War (3 pts)
    • HIST W3478. U.S. Intellectual History, 1865-Present (3 pts)
  • Three additional courses (9 pts):  In consultation with the advisor, the student will choose a set of three courses. These courses must be drawn from at least two departments, one of which must be History.

  • Senior Research Project (4 pts): The final requirement for the major in American Studies is completion of a Senior Essay, to be written in the spring of senior year. Alternatively, students may fulfill this requirement by taking an additional seminar where a major paper is required or by writing an independent essay under the supervision of a faculty member. Seniors who wish to do a senior research project are required to take the Senior Project Colloquium in the fall of the senior year.

Degree Requirements for the Concentration

A minimum of 21 points is required to complete the concentration.
Concentration Planner - Class of 2011 and after

  • AMST W1010. Introduction to American Studies: Major Themes in the American Experience (3 pts)
  • Two American Studies Core courses (6 pts): The following two courses are ordinarily required:
  • ENGL W3267. Foundations of American Literature I: American Literature from the Puritans to the Civil War (3 pts)
  • HIST W3478. U.S. Intellectual History, 1865-Present (3 pts)
  • Four additional courses (12 pts). In consultation with the advisor, the student will choose a set of four courses. These courses must be drawn from at least two departments, one of which must be History.


The links below will connect you to worksheets (pdf format) to help you keep track of your courses and requirements.
Major Planner (Class of 2010)
Major Planner (Class of 2011 and above)
Concentration Planner (all classes)

Each American Studies student is assigned an academic advisor. Coursework consists of a series of required courses and an individualized program of study developed by the student in close consultation with his or her advisor.