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Department of American Studies

Departmental Honors

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements AMST-HON


  1. At least 42 credit hour must be completed in American Studies, including the following:
    1. Courses. Both of the following courses:
      • AMST-A 451 Honors Senior Seminar in American Studies
      • AMST-A 452 Honors Thesis in American Studies
    2. Foreign Language Competency. Students also must demonstrate advanced language competency in a single foreign language equivalent to a third year of study. This may require students to take an additional two semesters (6 cr.) of a foreign language beyond the standard College requirements, including at least one course at the 300 level or above that studies a foreign language literature. The language chosen for study must pertain directly to American Studies and requires the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of American Studies.
    3. GPA. Both of the following:
      • College GPA of 3.300 or higher
      • Major GPA of 3.500 or higher
  2. GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Students must have a College GPA of 3.300 or higher to qualify for admission to a Departmental Honors program and to receive Departmental Honors. Units may set a higher College GPA.
    2. Units establish additional criteria, including admissions procedures, academic performance standards, and whether there are required courses, papers, or projects.
    3. Students who wish to earn honors in two different units must complete a distinct body of work for each honors notation.