The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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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 (6 courses)

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

Students must complete a minimum of six courses with a minimum grade of 'C', of which one must be a thesis, senior seminar, or internship. Student 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 
  • One or two courses in American literature within the English Department
  • Two or three additional courses in American culture from at least two other departments 
  • One of the following: a thesis; a senior seminar in American Studies; an internship

For questions about this letter, contact Professor Asha Nadkarni, W335 South College,