Learn about fascinating American lives, communities and ideas

Earn a B.A. in American Studies at UW in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 4 years, you’ll learn about fascinating American lives, communities and ideas alongside classmates. This flexible major is an excellent addition to your course of study, as it will serve you in a variety of fields. 

What is American Studies?

American studies is a flexible, interdisciplinary and student-interest-focused program. The B.A. is easily accessible as a second major. Transfer students can also easily enter the program in transition from community colleges or other institutions. There’s so much to learn, but students are encouraged to hone in on the aspects of interest to them.

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Our close group of American studies faculty provides an enriching experience for students to explore history. Professor of the American Studies Program and the Creative Writing Program, Frieda Knobloch teaches students about American cultural diversity and the relationship between culture and environment.

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What can you do with a B.A. in American Studies?

Students from the American studies program go on to do a range of work in the public. There are many areas connected to the subject matter, especially in education and history.

American Studies Careers

  • Elementary Teacher
  • Judicial Worker
  • Fundraiser
  • Tour Guide
  • Religious Worker


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Where B.A. in American Studies Alumni Have Continued Their Education

  • College of William & Mary
  • University of Iowa
  • Ohio State University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Columbia University
  • Brown University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of California San Diego
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American Studies Program Highlights

At UW students have access to many resources and opportunities in the classroom and beyond. Experiencing everything our American studies program has to offer will make your undergraduate career unforgettable.

Experiential Opportunities

American studies offers professional development by placing students in organizations and institutions through funded internships. Studying abroad is also highly encouraged and supported by our program so students can develop international perspectives on American studies.

Special Facilities

American studies at UW is housed in the Historical Cooper Mansion, a National Historic Landmark that provides a welcoming community for students to gather. Classes and downtime there make for some cool memories.

Financial Support

Generously supported by the William Robertson Coe endowment, American studies at the University of Wyoming enables a wide range of activities, internship scholarships (up to $1,500 plus tuition support) and special scholarship opportunities for books, tuition or fees.

Networking & Student Groups

Our program is connected with the American Studies Association. We also have relationships with regional institutions like the Alliance for Historic Wyoming, Laramie Main Street and Laramie Interfaith. Through these connections, students further explore their interests.

As a transfer student, I found the community of the Cooper House incredibly welcoming and it soon became apparent this was where I belonged. The incredible professors I worked with created a rewarding, challenging and also highly creative Bachelor’s degree.”

- UW Student
American Studies Program

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College of Arts & Sciences

American Studies Program

Department 4036, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2733

Email: amst@uwyo.edu