Requirements

Requirements

For the B.A. degree in American Studies, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

Students may declare the American Studies major in their fourth semester or after and must have at least a 2.00 average in coursework already completed. Transfer courses from other universities must be at the level of C or above.

Recommended Academic Plan

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits

  • 3 credits each in Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Other Cultures
  • Foreign Language (0-12 credits, depending on your demonstrated proficiency)

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: 33 credits 
The major is 33 credits of coursework, divided as follows:

Core courses:
9 credits, which must include:

  • AMST 100 Introduction (offered every semester)
  • AMST 491W American Themes, American Eras twice.
    This is a writing intensive course, offered every semester on a different topic and by a different professor.

Options include:

  • AMST 491 Imagining the Civil War (Dr. Berkey)
  • AMST 491 National Security Policy (Dr. Cimbala)
  • AMST 491 Politics, Protest and Social Change in 20th-Century America (Dr. Gallagher)
  • AMST 491 Slavery in the American Imagination (Dr. Blockett)
  • AMST 491 America and the Environment (Dr. Macauley)
  • AMST 491 American Music (Dr. Greene)

Electives:
24 credits in three out of four of the following disciplinary fields, half of which need to be at 400-level. The 400-level course could include an internship.

  • American Literature
  • American History
  • American Arts and Humanities (music, art, philosophy, religion)
  • American Social Sciences (sociology, economics, communications, political science, etc.)

Other appropriate coursework may be substituted with the approval of the American Studies adviser. Some advanced courses may require prerequisites.

How to enroll:
Contact Dr. Julie Gallagher, 610-892-1464 and jag63@psu.edu.