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Undergraduate Major

Bachelor's of Arts Study

Through its core of American Studies courses, the Program frames and develops each student’s individual research interests, and in consultation with an AMST advisor, allows students to include courses from virtually any program and department at UW that sustain a student’s engagement with their particular focus. Most coursework outside AMST draws on programs and departments in A&S. Individual programs of study are as varied as our students.  Examples of possible concentrations (drawing on courses outside AMST) include ethnic studies, sustainability, museum studies, philosophy of science, public health and social justice, environment and society, and US in international perspectives. Each student develops a concentration of study in consultation with their AMST advisor with ample room to combine courses and interests into a coherent undergraduate education.

Because American studies is both an international field with scholars all over the world, and the US has transnational significance, we strongly encourage students to take 2 years of language study to achieve meaningful access to skills as readers, scholars and travelers, and consider participating in an international exchange. Some languages currently in demand by AMST students include Spanish, Arabic and Japanese.

Course of Study 

Foundation courses (12 credits):
AMST 2010. Introduction to American Studies. 3. [C1,W2<>CH, WB] Introduces the interdisciplinary study of American culture. Focuses on themes, values and ideas which continue to reverberate through our cultural experience. (Offered at least once each year)

AMST 2110. Cultural Diversity in America. 3. [C2<>CS, D] Studies processes by which individuals and groups produce, maintain and express cultural identities in the U.S. Race, gender and ethnicity are addressed, emphasizing historical roots and social context of contemporary cultural varieties. (Offered one semester each year)

Two courses at the 1000 or 2000 level in interdisciplinary fields, optionally including 1 in American History, from programs and departments such as AADS, AIST, ENR, GAST, GWST, LAST, RELI, or appropriate courses transferred from other institutions, to be named in the program of study in consultation with an AMST advisor.

Concentration (27 credits):

Each student must take three AMST courses at the 3000-4000 level, excluding the senior seminar. These seminars are designed to maintain an interdisciplinary view of American culture and to foster an American Studies community (9 credits). Please see our Course Offerings page for more information about available courses.

An American Studies theme is devised in consultation with the student's advisor and presented to the American Studies core faculty in writing as a proposed course of study. Since the document guides the student through an exploration of American culture, this proposal is usually made at the end of the second year of study (or upon completion of 60 hours of course work toward graduation). Typical themes include American diversity, environment and society; material culture and everyday life; visual culture and media; American cultural history; American institutions and public culture; and the United States in international perspective. The theme must include a minimum of 6 credits and a maximum of 9 credits in a single discipline. Up to 3 credits can be granted for courses at the 1000-2000 level (18 credits).

Capstone (6 credits):
Senior seminar plus an individual project stemming from either AMST 4010 (independent study) or AMST 4970 (internship).

Students pursuing program honors should also write an undergraduate thesis.


American Studies (AMST) in the University Catalog

American Studies (AMST) Courses in the University Catalog

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