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