American Studies Bachelor's Degree Overview
The American studies program is for students who want to gain a broad understanding and appreciation of American life and culture(s). Students learn how historians, artists, geographers, philosophers, literary critics, writers, filmmakers, social scientists and artists practice their disciplines.
UT's American studies program allows students to choose from three different areas of emphasis. First, the culture and community track looks at subcultures within the American society. Second, the track in society and social institutions involves sociology, political science, history and philosophy while looking at the larger social and political forces of the American society. Third, students can choose the expressive track to study American art, music, dance, literature and film.
Students in UT's American studies program are given the opportunity to conduct original research on topics of their particular interest. They work closely with a small faculty committee on researching and writing a senior thesis. Most of the work in this program is done independently with an adviser, within a curriculum that fits students’ individual goals and career plans.
American Studies Bachelor's Degree Highlights
The Program in American Studies provides students with a broad understanding and appreciation of American life and culture(s). It is an interdisciplinary major in which work is done independently with a faculty adviser shaping a curriculum to suit a student's individual interests and goals.
Majors are exposed to various methodologies they learn how historians, geographers, philosophers, literary critics, writers, film makers, social scientists, and artists practice their disciplines. They also have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty adviser in researching and writing a senior thesis. Some typical areas of emphasis for American Studies are explained in the column to the right.
The major is for students who want a multifaceted college experience rather than the traditional single focus of one academic department.
With their wide variety of knowledge and understanding of American culture and values, American studies graduates are highly qualified to secure or create jobs in the arts, education, government agencies and business organizations in the United States and throughout the world.
American Studies Bachelor's Degree Curriculum
A major in American Studies consists of a minimum of 33-36 hours of coursework selected from two or three Languages, Literature, and Social Sciences departments in consultation with the American Studies director:
- 15-18 required hours of American Studies, which includes 10 credits for designing and writing an extended research paper on some aspect of American culture
- an additional 18 elective hours, at least 15 of which must be at the 3000/4000 level.
American Studies Bachelor's Degree4-year program
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School of Interdiscliplinary Studies - American Studies
College of Arts and Letters