The integrated B.A./M.A. (IUG) in American studies allows high-performing students to earn the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Arts degrees in American studies within five years of study. Students graduate prepared to thrive in museums and archives, educational institutions, governmental and public policy agencies, and Ph.D. programs in myriad fields.
During the first two years, students take introductory courses such as Women and the American Experience (AMST 104) and American Architecture (AMST 308N) in an environment that promotes active learning in the classroom and beyond. During their third year, they take upper level courses as varied as Folk Groups and Genres (AMST 423) and American Literature (AMST 472), often honing ideas for their culminating M.A. theses or projects. Hands-on learning is embedded in courses such as Museum Studies (AMST 480) and Public Heritage Practices (AMST 482). Students frequently undertake internships at museums, archives, and governmental organizations to further expand their experiences and hone career choices.
The fourth and fifth years involve graduate-level coursework. AMST 500 offers advanced preparation in American studies theories and methods, and AMST 591 prepares students to devise, research, and write their final project or thesis. Wide-ranging graduate course options include American Civilization in the Twentieth Century (AMST 535) and Pivotal Books (AMST 511). B.A./M.A. students work closely with faculty members to identify, research, and complete their culminating work, a master's project or thesis (AMST 580).
For course descriptions and requirements, see the University Bulletin.