Jun 16, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

American Studies, B.A.

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Offered by American Studies .

University Requirements

Completion of Minimum University Requirements for an Undergraduate Baccalaureate Degree .

  • Minimum 120 credits and minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Completion of 45 upper-level credits, residence requirement, Writing Intensive requirement, and General Education requirement

Major Requirements

  • Minimum 36 credits
  • Minimum grade of ‘C’ in courses applied to the major, except where otherwise indicated
  • Maximum of 6 credits of independent study

Course Requirements

American Studies Foundational Core (15 credits)

The American Studies Core provides a foundation in the key research and writing practices of the discipline. Two lower-level courses introduce students to fundamental American Studies concepts. Students build knowledge and engage in professional writing and research practices in an upper-level gateway course, two advanced seminars, and a capstone research seminar.

Core Themes (18 credits)

Complete two courses from each of the following three core themes for a total of 18 credits. One 200 level course may be applied to the core themes.

Global America: The U.S. in the World, The World in the U.S.

Courses in this category explore the relationships of America with other countries and cultures, including globalization, migrations, immigration, diasporic experiences in America, and transnational cultures. Complete 6 credits from the following:

Applied Experience (3 credits)

Includes internships, service learning, undergraduate research, student teacher praxis, and AMST courses designed as applied research. Students in dual programs may fulfill this requirement by taking an approved applied experience course in the second department. AMST 205  may be counted toward the applied experience requirement. Coursework applied to this requirement may use pass/fail or regular grading.

American Studies Major/Education Certification

There is a dual major/certificate program for students seeking teaching certification in Early Childhood Education , Elementary Education , or Secondary Education . Students in these programs whose certification requirements include supplementary courses in social sciences or history may substitute 9 credits of those courses for 9 credits of the core themes. Students making this substitution select one course exploring each theme from the lists above for the remaining 9 credits in the core themes. Students seeking education certification may count student teaching as their applied experience.

Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Programs

Qualified students may apply to an accelerated program, which allows them to share courses between a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. Students take graduate courses as undergraduate students and later apply those courses to master’s degrees. An undergraduate may apply to participate in an accelerated program even if the desired graduate program is in a department other than the one in which the student is majoring. More information is available from the Graduate School website: https://gradschool.umbc.edu/admissions/nontraditional/accelerated/

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