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American Studies

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American Studies introduces students to the interdisciplinary study of America as a place, a political and social idea, a set of values and traditions, and a people. The program provides students with the opportunity to examine America through the diversity of its ideas, texts, objects, institutions, practices, and histories, as well as complex social and political relationships.

American Studies offers students the freedom to create an academic path that fits their interests and goals by choosing classes within a framework of required courses and a concentration area. American Studies is a practical second major for students already majoring in liberal arts in areas such as English, history, sociology, or political science.

All liberal arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to managerial success:  communicating and listening well, possessing insights into others, creative/critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to make connections across complex ideas.

Plan of Study

American Studies, BA
American Studies Webpage

Transfer to American Studies

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information

Undergraduate Student Recruitment Office
(765) 494-6291

College of Liberal Arts

Careers in American Studies

  •   Attorney
  •   Journalism/Mass Communication
  •   Teaching and Education
  •   Marketing and Advertising
  •   Community Services
  •   Management
  •   Public Policy
  •   Material Culture, Museum and Archival Studies
  •   Non-Profit
  •   Sales, Customer Service, Human Resources

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