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Degrees - American Studies

American Studies - Associate of Arts Degree Area of Emphasis


This interdisciplinary major is designed to provide students with an integrated understanding of American society, history, and culture. Students may select designated courses within the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts disciplines. More than 300 colleges and universities in the United States offer American Studies programs. They approach American culture from many directions but have in common the desire to view America as a whole rather than from the perspective of a single discipline. Students who have graduated from four-year universities with American Studies degrees have gone on to work as lawyers, librarians, business leaders, writers, archivists, researchers, teachers, and politicians.


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply perspectives from a variety of disciplines to develop an understanding of American culture, past and present, and its impact upon both the peoples of the United States and those outside its borders.
  • Critically evaluate historical sources, literature, art, film, music, or other types of cultural expressions in terms of their relevance to the American experience.

Requirements for the Degree

All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

Select a minimum of 18 units from at least 5 different disciplines.

  • ART C102
  • CMST C100, C101, C110
  • ENGL C145, C150, C155
  • GERO C140
  • HIST C121, C122, C150, C155, C170, C175
  • HUM C135
  • MCOM C100
  • MUS C139, C143
  • PHIL C120
  • PSCI C101, C180
  • PSYC C116, C170
  • SOC C110, C120
Course Group Units
Subtotal for Area of Emphasis at least 18.0
Total for Degree 60.0

Federal Gainful Employment Disclosure

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Gainful Employment Disclosure

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