American Studies - BS, BA

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

About This Degree

The American studies program offers students a sophisticated understanding of the issues, histories, and relationships that shape North American culture, past and present.

This degree can lead to a number of professional careers in museums, law, government, state and national park services, public arts, humanities, nonprofit organizations, and academic settings.

What You Will Learn

With focus areas in the American West, Canadian and Mexican Borderlands, American history, literature, folklore, creative non-fiction, studies in visual culture, and the environment, the American studies program allows students to forge a plan of coursework that crosses both geographical and historical boundaries. Though housed in the English Department, students majoring in American studies will be exposed to a number of classes in other areas throughout the university. Students must also complete an 18-credit Area of Focus (which may also fulfill minor requirements) in an approved subject from the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

In order to help students achieve their career goals, the American studies program provides a number of internship opportunities in nearly every field of study, both nationally and internationally.

Students receive a by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.


At a Glance

College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department: English Department

USU Locations:

  • Logan campus

Program Requirements

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

With a degree in American studies, students may be qualified for the following careers:

  • Education
  • Researcher
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Information management
  • Museum work
  • Librarian
  • Law work
  • Legislative staff
  • Work in government offices
  • Insurance work
  • Stock analysis

The Career and Design Center provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

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We will build on your goals and experiences while working together to design an individualized semester-by-semester plan. Your personalized plan will help you see a path from where you are now on to graduation. Even if you are unsure of the major you would like to pursue, we can help with resources and ideas.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the American studies program has additional requirements:

  • First-Year students: First-Year students admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions and students transferring from other USU majors need a 2.75 total GPA for admission to this major.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Program Requirements

Students are required to choose two cognate areas from creative writing, folklore, history, American literature, nature and environment, political science, or sociology and anthropology. They must take nine credits from one cognate and 12 credits from the other, totaling 21 credits.

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