Bachelor of Arts with a Major in American Studies

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Additional curriculum requirements:

Required
AMST 2010Early American Cultural History
AMST 2011Modern American Cultural History
AMST 3900Critiquing Culture
AMST 3901Examining America
AMST 4500Proseminar in American Studies
Electives
Five additional AMST courses selected from the following, no more than two of which may be at the 1000 level.
AMST 1000Dean's Seminar
AMST 1050Explorations in American Culture
AMST 1070The American Cinema
AMST 1100Politics and Film
AMST 1160Race, Gender, and Law
AMST 1200The Sixties in America
AMST 2000Sophomore Colloquium
AMST 2020Washington, DC: History, Culture, and Politics
or AMST 2020W Washington, DC: History, Culture, and Politics
AMST 2071Introduction to the Arts in America
AMST 2120WFreedom in American Thought and Popular Culture
AMST 2125Varieties of Feminist Theory
AMST 2144Explorations in Historical Geography
AMST 2210The African American Experience
AMST 2320U.S. Media and Cultural History
AMST 2350U.S. Religion and Politics
AMST 2380Sexuality in U.S. History
AMST 2385Sex and Citizenship
or AMST 2385W Sex and Citizenship
AMST 2410Twentieth Century U.S. Immigration
AMST 2430Capitalism and Culture
AMST 2440The American City
or AMST 2440W The American City
AMST 2490Themes in U.S. Cultural History
or AMST 2490W Themes in U.S. Cultural History
AMST 2495Special Topics in African American History
AMST 2520American Architecture I
AMST 2521American Architecture II
AMST 2533Material Culture in America
AMST 2600U.S. Popular Music and Culture
AMST 2610Science, Technology, and Politics in Modern America
or AMST 2610W Science, Technology, and Politics in Modern America
AMST 2620Human Mind and Artificial Intelligence
AMST 2630Discovering the Mind
AMST 2680WHashtag America
AMST 2710The United States in Global Context, 1898-Present
AMST 2730World War II in History and Memory
or AMST 2730W World War II in History and Memory
AMST 2750WLatinos in the United States
AMST 3151American Art in the Age of Revolution
AMST 3152American Art in the Era of National Expansion
AMST 3324U.S. Urban History
AMST 3351U.S. Social History
AMST 3352U.S. Women's History to 1865
or AMST 3352W U.S. Women's History to 1865
AMST 3353U.S. Women's History II
AMST 3360African American History to 1865
AMST 3361African American History Since 1865
AMST 3362African American Women's History
or AMST 3362W African American Women's History
AMST 3367The American Jewish Experience
AMST 3600Popular Music and Politics
AMST 3810Planning Cities
AMST 3811Historical Archaeology
AMST 3835Historical Archaeology Field Program
AMST 3950Special Topics
or AMST 3950W Special Topics
AMST 4701WEpidemics in American History
AMST 4702WRace, Medicine, and Public Health

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors in American Studies, a major must receive a grade of A on the senior paper written for AMST 4500 Proseminar in American Studies.