Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


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

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 from the list below:

  • AMS 2201 Colonial American Culture
  • AMS 2363 Issues in American Civilization
  • AMS 3001 American Culture, 1880-1915
  • AMS 3230 America During the 1920s and 1930s
  • AMS 3260 American Culture, 1830-1860
  • AMS 3302 Architecture and the American Environment
  • AMS 3370 Southern Women: Myth and Reality
  • AMS 3601 Material Culture and American Society
  • AMS 3700 Racism in American Society
  • AMS 3930 Selected Topics in American Studies
  • AMS 4804 Major Ideas in America
  • AMS 4910 Individual Research
  • AMS 4930 Selected Topics in American Studies
  • AMS 4935 Senior Seminar in American Studies
  • AMS 4940 Internship in American Studies

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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