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American Studies (B.A.)

The program in American Studies has as its focus the institutions, arts, structure, and social processes of the United States. It emphasizes interdisciplinary work which integrates disciplinary perspectives. Students choose two broad areas within which to work.

American Studies graduates work in business, non-profit organizations, media and culture industries. The B.A. in American Studies is also an excellent preparation for law school or graduate school. Each student designs his or her own program within specific guidelines and in consultation with a faculty advisor. The courses a student takes as part of the American Studies program may be given in any school within the university but will include American Studies courses and appropriate Interdisciplinary Studies courses. A list of courses which apply to the American Studies degree may be obtained from the academic advisors in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Double majors including American Studies are encouraged.

Bachelor of Arts in American Studies Degree Requirements (120 hours)

I.Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 hours

A. Communication (6 hours)

3 hours Communication (RHET 1302)

3 hours Communication Elective (BIS 3320)1

B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)

6 hours Government (GOVT 2301 and 2302)

6 hours History (HIST 1301 and 2301)

3 hours Social and Behavior Sciences Elective

C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)

3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)

3 hours Humanities (AMS 2341)1

D. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)

3 hours College Algebra (MATH 1306 or MATH 1314)1

3 hours Statistics (STAT 1342 or PSY 2317)

E. Science (9 hours including at least one course with a substantial laboratory component)

1 Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parenthesis are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.

II. Major Requirements: 54 hours (42 hours beyond the Core Curriculum)

Major Preparatory Courses (6 hours)

One of the following:

MATH 1306 College Algebra for the Non-Scientist2

MATH 1314 College Algebra2

MATH 1325 Applied Calculus I2

MATH 2417 Calculus I2

One of the following:

PSY 2317 Statistics for Psychology2

or STAT 1342 Statistical Decision Making2

Major Core Courses (12 hours)

AMS 3302 American Cultures

or AMS 2341 American Studies for the Twenty-First Century2 (at the lower division)

BIS 3320 The Nature of Intellectual Inquiry2

Two of the following courses:

HIST 3369 United States Foreign Relations

PSCI 3325 American Public Policy

PSCI 3327 American Foreign Policy

Major Related Courses (36 hours)

In addition to the core requirements, students will take 18 semester credit hours of course work in each of two of the following disciplinary options, for a total of 36 hours:

The American Body Politic

Americans Past and Present

America and the World Community

American Business and Technology

American Literature and the Arts

Popular Culture

2 A required Major course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. An additional IS course will be taken if BIS 3320 is used to satisfy the Core Curriculum Communication Elective requirement.

III. Elective Requirements: 36 hours

Advanced Electives (6 hours)

Free Electives (30 hours)

Students must complete 51 hours of upper-division course work to graduate.

Honors in American Studies

GPA: 3.75 cumulative GPA, 3.75 GPA in courses described below, and a total of 27 or 30 upper level UTD hours as described below. (The variation is determined by whether or not AMS 3302 or AMS 2341 is chosen). The total hours must be 30.

Required courses:

Notation on Transcript: Honors in Major

Minor in American Studies

The American Studies minor is 18 semester hours. AMS 3302 and BIS 3320 are required in addition to four other approved American Studies courses chosen from AMS 3300, AMS 3370, AMS 3374, AMS 3384, AMS 4378, AMS 4379, and ISGS 3338. Students pursuing a degree in American Studies are encouraged to incorporate a minor from another discipline in their degree program.