american studies

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2019–20
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Advanced Seminar in Political Economy JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Adventures in Archaeology (remote/in-person*) FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Breaking Through Gridlock: Polarization and Problem Solving FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Carrying Home: Latinx Worlds, Media, and Education SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Contending Visions of U.S. Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Creating and Developing Social Enterprises for Community Development FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Creating and Developing Social Enterprises for Community Development FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Cycle Makers and Cycle Breakers: Transitional Studies JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
From the Earth: Advanced Studies SO-SR
  • Fall
16
From the Earth: The History, Stories, and Social Justice of Farming in the U.S. FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Gateways for Incarcerated Youth SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Highway 101 Revisited: History, Literature, Music, and Ecology SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Illustrations of Character: Faith, Reason, and Ethics FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Introduction to Environmental Studies: Water FR-SO
  • Fall
16
The Western Film Genre and the American Frontier Myth SO-SR
  • Spring
8
Therapy Through the Arts (Day) FR-SR
  • Summer
16
Therapy Through the Arts (Evening) FR-SR
  • Summer
16
What Has Become of Us?: Political Economic Ethnography FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8, 12, 16
Planned offerings for 2020–21
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
America in Translation: History, Culture, Theory (Foundations in CTLWS) (Remote/In-Person*) FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Community Building Through Social Entrepreneurship and Business Development SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
Gateways for Incarcerated Youth JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Playing Politics: Psychology, Performance, Strategy and the Elections in Real Time SO-SR
  • Fall
8
What Are Children For? The Psychology and History of Childhood (Remote/In-Person*) FR-SO
  • Fall
16