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Department of American Studies

Minor in American Studies

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements AMSTMIN
American Studies explores the history, literature, and culture of the United States and the larger Americas from an interdisciplinary perspective. American Studies attracts students with diverse interests who wish to know more about the United States in a comparative, international context.


The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introductory course. One (1) course:
    • AMST-A 100 What Is America?
  2. Intermediate course. One (1) course:
    • AMST-A 150 Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies
    • AMST-A 200 Comparative American Identities
    • AMST-A 201 U.S. Movements and Institutions
    • AMST-A 202 U.S. Arts and Media
    • AMST-A 203 American Cultures, Global Connectivities
    • AMST-A 204 Race in American Art
    • AMST-A 205 American Radicalism and Dissent
    • AMST-A 275 Indigenous Worldviews in the Americas
    • AMST-A 298 Special Topics in Arts and Humanities for American Studies
    • AMST-A 299 Special Topics in Social and Historical Studies for American Studies
  3. Advanced courses. At least three (3) American Studies courses at the 300–499 level for a minimum of 9 credit hours.
  4. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to minor requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.