Minor in American Studies

American Studies is an interdisciplinary major that explores the patterns of life and thought of the American peoples, past and present. Its courses are grouped into three general areas of history, society, and culture, and it has special offerings in public history, material culture, and cultural history. The program encourages students to integrate theories, methods, and findings from various fields, including history, literature, folklore, ethnography, politics, art, architecture, and music.

It also encourages applications of this knowledge to public history and cultural conservation, also known as "public heritage" work. The major helps students prepare for further study or careers in education, government, communication, law, museums, historical and cultural agencies, and archives. Internships are available for qualified students in American Studies. The internship is an extension of the student’s academic studies and is an opportunity to gain practical experience.

A student seeking admission to the American Studies minor must first be admitted to a major at Penn State . Upon admission, a minor adviser will be appointed from within the American Studies faculty to guide the student. For the American Studies Minor, a total of 18 credits is required. At least 6 credits must be at the 400 level.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

Requirements for the Minor: 18 Credits


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