Course Requirements

Core Courses

Three courses - AMS 200, 201, and one additional approved course - form the foundation of the program and, ideally, should be completed in the sophomore or junior years. Seniors should plan to take the capstone senior seminar course, AMS 301, in the fall of their senior year. 

Major Electives and Distribution Requirements

In consultation with an advisor, students will select three additional courses from outside of the concentration. For the concentration and the electives, no more than three courses for the major should be from any one department outside of AMS. 

Senior Seminar

During the fall quarter of their senior year, students should take AMS 301 capstone, the Senior Seminar. Over the summer, students must prepare their Senior Seminar Packet, composed of a 5-7 page reflection on their intellectual development in the major, a writing sample of their best work, and a list of preliminary topics for their Senior Seminar paper. Students will be sent instructions on how to prepare this packet by the Autumn Quarter instructor for the Senior Seminar.

NOTE: Students must earn a C- or better in this course.  It is required even if a student is double majoring (or pursuing a double degree) and the secondary major (or degree) requires its own Capstone. Also, an American Studies major in the University Honors Program must take the University Honors Capstone and AMS 301.   

Concentration Requirements​

Students must also complete the requirements from one of the following concentrations: Popular Culture and Media Studies; Social and Literary Movements; Politics, Institutions and Values; Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies; or Material Culture and the Built Environment.

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