Majors, minors + certificates

Minor in American Studies (AMSTMIN)Department of American Studies

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 requirements.


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.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introductory Course. One (1) course:
  2. Intermediate Course. One (1) course:
  3. Advanced Courses.
    1. Advanced Courses in American Studies. At least two (2) courses and six (6) credit hours:
    2. Advanced Electives. At least one (1) course and three (3) credit hours:
      • Additional courses from the Advanced Courses in American Studies list.
      • MUS-Z 373 The American Musical
      • MUS-Z 393 History of Jazz
      • MUS-Z 395 Contemporary Jazz and Soul Music
      • MUS-Z 401 The Music of the Beatles
      • MUS-Z 402 Music of Frank Zappa
      • MUS-Z 403 The Music of Jimi Hendrix
      • MUS-Z 404 The Music of Bob Dylan
      • MUS-Z 405 The Music of the Beach Boys
  4. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Minor Residency. 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. Minor Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. 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. Minor GPA. 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.