Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14


American Studies (AMS)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 05.0102

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

The American Studies major is designed for students who seek to understand the cultural patterns, beliefs and values that have unified and sometimes divided Americans. American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes the diversity of American people and institutions; the importance of gender, race, ethnicity and social class; the material and technological foundations of American society; the development of distinctive regions within the United States; and creative expression in art, architecture, film, literature, music and photography

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this degree program.

Total Major Hours: 36 Hours

Major Core Courses - 30 Hours

  • AMS 2030 Introduction to American Studies
  • AMS 2270 Twentieth-Century American Culture
  • Two 3000- or 4000-level Period courses
  • One 3000- or 4000-level Regions or Regionalisms course
  • Two 3000- or 4000-level Genre or Media courses
  • HUM 3804 Introduction to Cultural Studies
    • Students must pass HUM 3804 with a B- or better in order to register for AMS 4936 American Studies Pro-Seminar.
  • AMS 4936 American Studies Pro-Seminar
    • Students must have at least 6 credit hours of upper-level major coursework in addition to a B- in HUM 3804 in order to enroll in AMS 4936 American Studies Pro-Seminar.
  • AMS 4935 Senior Seminar in American Studies
    • Students must pass AMS 4936 American Studies Pro-Seminar with at least a C- to register for AMS 4935 Senior Seminar in American Studies.

Major Elective Courses - 6 Hours

Six (6) credit hours of AMS electives.

Major Internship Opportunities

The Department of Humanities & Cultural Studies (HCS) offers an internship for Tampa-based, degree-seeking students declared as HUM or AMS majors and who have earned at least 12 credit hours of approved courses in the major prior to starting the internship. This internship consists of supervised work-and-learning experience in humanities and cultural issues under the direction of a University faculty member/administrator and an employee of a participating sponsor organization. The internship counts as a major elective. Specifically, it counts as a "concentration" course for HUM majors, an upper-level elective for AMS majors, and an "interdisciplinary cultural studies" course for HUM majors who are pursuing a track in film & new media studies.

Students participating in the internship must enroll in the HUM 4940 Internship in Humanities & Cultural Studies class (and, in some instances, AMS 4940 to make sure the credits equal 3). This class earns up to 3 semester hours of academic credit. Students report to the HCS Internship Coordinator weekly through formal status reports via webform. A final professional portfolio and final reflection paper are significant parts of this experience. 

For more information please visit the Department's internship page:  http://humanities.usf.edu/internships/.

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