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American Studies

Examining the sweep of American experience, society, culture, and civilization from a variety of viewpoints.
Major: American Studies

The American Studies major is designed to examine the American experience from a variety of standpoints.

American Studies Major Snippets

Internship or Career-Oriented Minor
The American Studies major requires the completion of an internship; however, this requirement may be waived by completing a career-oriented minor approved by the program coordinator, Dr. Jamin Rowan ( Some internships and career-oriented minors have been pre-approved (see list below). Work with the program coordinator to discuss the best options for you as well as to obtain approval of any other internships or minors you feel may better apply to your professional goals.

Pre-Approved Career-Oriented Minors

  • Aerospace Studies
  • Art History and Curatorial Studies
  • Business
  • Civic Engagement Leadership
  • Computer Science
  • Design Thinking
  • Digital Humanities and Technology
  • Economics
  • Editing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Science
  • Family History – Genealogy
  • Geospatial Science & Technology
  • Gerontology
  • Global Business and Literacy
  • Information Technology
  • International Development
  • International Strategy and Diplomacy
  • Legal Studies
  • Manufacturing
  • Military Science
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Nutritional Science
  • Political Strategy
  • Statistics
  • Strategy
  • TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language)
  • Tourism Studies
  • Translation & Localization
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Pre-Approved Internships

  • Any 399R in the Humanities
  • Washington Seminar internships
  • On-Campus Internship (Marriott School or Humanities College)
  • Kennedy Center internships
  • Internships through
  • Internships with no standing course affiliations should be routed through HCOLL 399R