Twelve semester courses totaling 48 credits, as follows:
- AMS 201 and 202
- Eight courses in the American field. At least four must be related in a coherent manner; at least two courses must be in the humanities and two in the social sciences; at least two must be devoted primarily to the years before the 20th century; at least one must be a seminar, ideally in the theme selected. Students who write honors theses do not have to take a seminar.
- One course that will enable the student to make explicit comparisons between the United States and another society, culture or region. The purpose of this requirement is to encourage students to take at least one course in their major that enables them to think about what they have learned of the United States in comparative perspective. Students can fulfill this requirement by making such comparisons on their own but through their engagement with materials and ideas in a course whose focus is largely outside the United States—courses, for example, in anthropology or in non-U.S. history, literature or art.
- AMS 340/341
Students have chosen many different ways of giving their major in American studies a focus that builds on their own needs and on the college's rich curricular offerings.
Here are some samples of what they have chosen as the foci of their majors
Popular Culture/Mass Media
FLS 241 Genre/ Period
GOV 210 Public Opinion and Mass Media in the U.S.
SOC 318 Sociology of Popular Culture
FLS 200 Introduction to Film Studies
SOC 213 Ethnic Minorities
HST 279 Urban History
EDC 200 Education in the City
GOV 204 Urban Politics
Racial and Ethnic Diversity in American Life
ENG 267 Introduction to Asian American Literature
GOV 310 Native Americans in American Law and Politics
AAS 248 Gender in the Afro-American Literary Tradition
SOC 214 Sociology of Hispanic Caribbean Communities in the U.S.
Public History and the World of Museums
AMS 302 The Material Culture of New England
AMS 410 Tutorial on Research Methods at the Smithsonian
AMS 412 Research Project at the Smithsonian
19th-Century American Culture and Politics
ENG 248 American Literature From 1865 to 1914
AAS 335 Free Blacks in the U.S. before 1865
HST 266 The Age of the American Civil War
ARH 264 Arts in North America