School of Interdisciplinary Studies

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, and 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 Requirements 1: 42 hours

    A. Communication (6 hours)
    B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)
    C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
    D. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)
    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-Scientist 2
    MATH 1314 College Algebra 2
    MATH 1325 Applied Calculus I 2
    MATH 2417 Calculus I 2
    One of the following:
    PSY 2317 Statistics for Psychology 2
    or STAT 1342 Statistical Decision Making 2

    Major Core Courses (12 hours)
    AMS 3302 American Cultures
    or AMS 2341 American Studies for the Twenty-First Century 2 (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 of which 21 upper level hours have to be taken at UTD.

    Honors in American Studies

    GPA: 3.90 cumulative GPA, 3.90 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:
    AMS 3302 American Cultures or AMS 2341 American Studies for Twenty-First Century (3 hours)
    BIS 3320 The Nature of Intellectual Inquiry (3 hours)
    Two of HIST 3369, PSCI 3325 or PSCI 3327 (6 hours)
    Core Course of first chosen option area (3 hours)
    Core Course of second chosen option area (3 hours)
    One approved AMS course from option area 1 (3 hours)
    One approved course from option area 2 (3 hours)
    Options: (6 hours)
    6 hours of Internship
    3 hours of Internship and one approved three hour course from option area 1 or 2

    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 4360, AMS 4378, AMS 4379, ISGS 3338, and ISGS 3384. Students pursuing a degree in American Studies are encouraged to incorporate a minor from another discipline in their degree program.