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College of Liberal Arts

American Studies

The American Studies program introduces students to the interdisciplinary study of America as a place, a political and social idea, a set of values and traditions and a people. The major provides students with the opportunity to examine America through the diversity of its ideas, texts, objects, institutions, practices and histories as well as through the complex social and political relationships that have shaped and continue to shape the world to which they belong.

By drawing on a broad range of knowledge from the humanities and social sciences, students learn to think critically across disciplines as they study America in its national and global contexts. The flexibility and small size of the program permits undergraduates to devise an interdisciplinary academic program best suited to their individual needs and academic interests. The American Studies major can often be completed with a second liberal arts major such as English, History, Sociology or Political Science. Students who major in American Studies have pursued careers in law, business, public policy, government, communications, journalism and education.

The minor requires two foundation courses (six credit hours) and three additional courses from a selection. At least two courses must be at the 30000 level or higher.

The major requires three foundation courses (12 credit hours) and six additional courses (18 credit hours) from a selection. Three of the six courses must constitute an area of concentration designed in consultation with, and approved by, the director of American Studies. At least four courses must be at the 30000 level or higher. See The American Studies homepage for furthur details. www.cla.purdue.edu/american-studies 

Plan of Study for American Studies