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Department of American Studies

Bachelor of Arts in American Studies

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements AMSTBA
The Bachelor of Arts in 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 major provides students with an opportunity to pursue the study of American cultures from a transnational and hemispheric perspective. Courses are designed to examine significant aspects of U.S. institutions, policy, media, and cultural expressions by drawing on a wide range of resources from the social sciences and humanities. The major is excellent preparation for nearly any graduate or professional degree, as well as careers in any number of traditional or nontraditional fields including the legal profession, social work, politics, academia, and public history, among others.


The major requires at least 30 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introductory course. One (1) course:
    • AMST-A 100 What Is America?
  2. Intermediate course. Three (3) courses:
    • 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. 18 credit hours:
    • Any AMST-A 300–399
    • Any AMST-A 400–499
    • Any AMST-E 300–399
    • Any AMST-E 400–499
    • Any AMST-X 300–399
    • Any AMST-X 400–499
  4. Major GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. At least 18 credit hours in the major 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 18 credit hours in the major 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 major.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to major 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.