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American Studies


American studies programs teach people about the history, society, and cultures in the United States.

American studies programs include topics such as:

Students also take courses depending on their specific interests.


Community colleges offer associate degree programs in American studies. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in American studies. A bachelor's degree typically takes about two years of full-time study.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in American studies. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Most program require a separate application process. This usually means that you take prerequisite courses, fill out an application form, and write a personal statement.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs in American studies typically require:

Things to Know

A degree in American studies is considered good preparation for graduate study in law, sociology, anthropology, and political science.


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