The American Studies Program offers an integrated B.A./M.A. (IUG) program that allows academically superior American Studies majors to obtain both the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Arts degrees in American Studies within five years of study. The IUG program prepares exceptional students to thrive in doctoral programs as well as professional positions in historical and cultural organizations, museums, archives, educational institutions, government, media, and business.
The first two years of undergraduate coursework typically include the University general education requirements and lower-level courses. In the third year, students take upper-division coursework in American studies and define areas of interest. The fourth year involves graduate-level American Studies coursework, including required courses in American Studies theory and methods, AM ST 500. The fifth and final year of the program consists of further graduate coursework in American Studies and the identification of a research project that will culminate in the completion of a master's project or thesis, AM ST 580. B.A./M.A. students work closely with faculty members to identify, research, and complete their master's project or thesis.