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    Jul 13, 2020  
American University Catalog 2019-2020 
    
American University Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

American Studies (BA)


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Offered by the Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative , College of Arts and Sciences .

The American Studies program at American University examines American institutions, cultures, and society, while also inviting students to engage in community research and service in Washington DC and the metropolitan area.

American Studies at American University is interdisciplinary. That means our program gives students the freedom to take core classes in American Studies as well as electives in history, literature, cultural studies, politics, and the social sciences.  

Admission to the Program


Formal admission to the major requires a grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale) in two courses related to the major.

University Requirements


AU Core Requirements


For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum .

Major Requirements


  • 39 credit hours with grades of C or better, including 21 credit hours at or above 300-level

Course Requirements


Second Foundation (3 credit hours)


Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Community-Based Learning Experience (3 credit hours)


Complete 3 credit hours from the following with course type Community-Based Learning, or other courses approved by director:

Capstone (6 credit hours)


Electives (12 credit hours)


  • 12 credit hours, with 6 credit hours at or above 300-level, with no more than 6 credit hours in a single discipline, in the Humanities and Social Sciences focusing on Washington, DC, the United States, the Americas, or the Americas and the world

Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees


American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor’s/master’s programs. See Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program  and Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees  for more information.

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