American Studies - Requirements

NEW AMERICAN STUDIES UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS 

*Students who declare American Studies as a major or minor before Spring 2014 have the option of using the new curriculum or the old curriculum. View the old curriculum.

Requirements for Majors

For a 30 credit major (10 courses) in American Studies, students must complete the following: 

1.  Required Courses:

  • 1 Gateway course
  • AS 200 Roots of American Culture, typically taken during junior year
  • AS 399 Independent Study Research Project, taken during senior year

2.  4 courses minimum selected from cross-listed courses housed in 4 different departments (for ex. AS/HI; AS/TA; AS/EN; AS/SO; AS/MU; AS/PO)

3.  2 courses minimum beyond AS 200 and AS 399 must be Junior/Senior/Graduate level

4.  5 courses (selected in consultation with advisor) are housed within a thematic concentration:

     Themes

  • Expression and Imagination in American Culture
  • Power, Politics, and Institutions in America
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in American Society
  • Gender in American Society
  • Values and Ethics in American Culture
  • America and the World           

Majors may take AS 350 Internship (3 credits) as one of their 10 courses

Requirements for Minor:

For a 15-credit minor (5 courses) in American Studies, students must complete the following:

1.  Required Courses:

  • 1 Gateway course
  • AS 200 Roots of American Culture, taken during junior year

2.  Electives:

  • 3 courses must be selected from cross-listed courses housed in 3 different departments (for ex. AS/HI; AS/TA; AS/EN; AS/SO; AS/MU; AS/PO)

Fairfield University also offers a Master of Arts degree in American Studies. The 400-level core and elective courses in that program are available to qualified senior undergraduate American studies majors and minors with approval of the program director.