Interdisciplinary Studies - American Studies

Degree Plan

This program is face to face in Victoria or online.

The American Studies degree helps students develop advanced critical thinking and writing skills, providing a pathway into a number of careers.  American Studies provides a background that is ideal for those who wish to go into law school.  It also helps students obtain two marketable skills most sought in the field of business -- critical thinking and communication.  American Studies graduates can also use their skills to pursue careers in fields such as public history, primary and secondary education, print and multimedia journalism, and higher education. 

Degree Requirements:

  • minimum of 36 graduate semester hours, with a final grade of at least a B in each course.

Core Courses:

  1. 9 semester hours of core requirements including the following:

    • Methods in American Studies
    • Critical Theory
    • American Thought: Studies in Ideology

  2. 15 semester hours in American Studies (AMST) from the following list of courses (Major Field):

    • Modern Social, Political, and Cultural History: 1600-1865
    • Modern Social, Political, and Cultural History: 1865-present
    • American Philosophy
    • Studies in Gender and Sexuality in America
    • Studies in Ethnicity, Race and Nationality in America
    • Studies in Popular Culture and Technology
    • Special Topics


12 semester hours in either History, English, or Communication (Minor Field)

Kaitlin May is available at the Victoria campus for advising. Appointments are required. Please call (361) 570-4201 to schedule an appointment. 

For more information on becoming a Teaching Assistant, please contact Dr. Tomek.