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Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Studies

American Studies combines the study of history, literature, the arts, and social sciences to understand the diverse perspectives on cultural traditions and material practices shaping regional, ethnic, class, gender, and political diversity in the United States. American Studies students will conduct interdisciplinary study of topics such as race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, transnationalism and border studies, urban experience, social justice, cultural studies, and religion. American Studies provides excellent preparation for careers in many fields, including law, journalism, government, foreign service, social work, international business, education, nonprofit, and public administration.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120. Thirty-nine of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level.

All candidates for this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The course listed below will satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if this course is taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take an additional course in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

AMS 2043 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences as well as a major requirement.

Degree Requirements

  1. 39 semester credit hours in courses approved by the American Studies advisor, of which 21 must be at the upper-division level:

    1. 24 semester credit hours of required courses:
      1. AMS  2043  Approaches to American Culture
        AMS  3123  Applications of American Studies
        AMS  3243  Studies in Transnationalism
        AMS  3343  Studies in Race and Ethnicity
        AMS  3443  Studies in Gender and Sexuality

      2. 6 semester credit hours of American Culture, three hours of which must be AMS 4823, and three hours from one of the following:

        AMS  3013  Early American Culture
        AMS  3023  Modern American Culture
        AMS  4823  Topics in American Culture

        AMS 4823 may be repeated for credit as long as the topics differ. Students can also take AMS 4983 Senior Thesis in their last semester in partial fulfillment of this requirement.

      3. AMS  4973 Advanced Seminar in American Studies (students who complete an Honor’s Thesis may substitute AMS 4993 for AMS 4973)

    2. 15 semester credit hours of support work in upper-division courses focused on the Americas from at least two disciplines. American content may be interpreted as North, South and Central America, and the Caribbean. The American Studies faculty advisor must approve all support work.

      Up to 9 hours of Foreign Language study may be counted as support work. Students can also take 3 semester credit hours of AMS 4933 Internship in American Studies in partial fulfillment of this requirement.

  2. 39 semester credit hours of electives

Students majoring in American Studies are encouraged to make advising appointments with faculty in AMS early in their course of study.


Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in American Studies

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate American Studies degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Bachelor of Arts in American Studies – Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Mathematics core   3
Spring
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Free elective   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Second Year
Fall
AMS 2043 Approaches to American Culture (core and major) 3
ECO 2003, ECO 2013, or ECO 2023 Economic Principles and Issues (core) 3
Free elective   3
Free elective   3
Language, Philosophy & Culture core   3
Spring
Free elective   3
Free elective   3
Free elective   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Upper-division support work (Discipline I)   3
Third Year
Fall
AMS 3123 Applications of American Studies 3
AMS 3243 Studies in Transnationalism 3
Free elective   3
Free elective   3
Upper-division support work   3
Spring
AMS 3343 Studies in Race and Ethnicity 3
AMS 3443 Studies in Gender and Sexuality 3
Free elective   3
Upper-division support work   3
Upper-division support work (Discipline II)   3
Fourth Year
Fall
AMS 4823 Topics in American Culture 3
AMS 4973 Advanced Seminar in American Studies 3
Free elective   3
Upper-division support work   3
Creative Arts core   3
Spring
AMS 3013, AMS 3023, or AMS 4823 Early American Culture 3
Free elective   3
Free elective   3
Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum)   3
Upper-division free elective   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

 

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