Minor in American Studies

This program offers undergraduates an opportunity to develop their interest in American culture and society in a structured, yet flexible, interdisciplinary curriculum.

The minor consists of six 4-credit courses, which include:

  • CAS AM 200 Introduction to American Studies
  • One CAS AM course at the 200 level or above
  • Three courses from American Studies or from one or more of the following affiliated departments or programs: African American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Earth & Environment, Economics, English, History, History of Art & Architecture, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. These courses must deal with some aspect of American society and must be chosen in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies.
  • Satisfactory completion of a senior project

The senior project may take the form of a research seminar (CAS AM 501 or AM 502) or an individual Directed Study leading to a senior thesis based on original research or criticism (CAS AM 491 or AM 492).

Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all courses taken toward the minor. For a list of courses that count toward the minor, click here.

If you are interested in a BA in American Studies, please contact Professor Mary Battenfeld at mbatten@bu.edu.