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American Studies Specialization

American Studies Specialization

The Letter of Specialization in American Studies offers a concentration that enables students to shape an interdisciplinary course of study around unresolved social and intellectual issues in American Culture—for example, questions of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. 

Requirements (5 courses)

Students earn a Letter of Specialization by completing the following program of coursework:

Students must complete a minimum of five courses with a minimum grade of 'C'. Students may take only two courses at the 200-level (not including English 279); all others must be at the 300-level or above. 

  • English 279, Introduction to American Studies (required)
  • 1 or 2 courses in American literature at the 300 or 400 level, taken within the English Department
  • 2 or 3 courses in American culture from at least two departments other than English 

For questions about this letter, contact Professor Laura Furlan, W443 South College,