Requirements for the Major

The Major

The American Studies major combines interdisciplinary methods to study US culture in its regional, national, and global forms.

American Studies at UVA requires a minimum of 10 courses (30 credits).  

Students must complete all 10 courses with a grade of C or better:

  • AMST 2001 - Intro to American Studies
  • AMST 3001 - Theories and Methods of American Studies
  • AMST 4000-level - an American Studies seminar
  • 1 additional AMST course. 

The remaining classes 6 courses draw from the student’s area of concentration. Our three areas of concentration are Southern StudiesRace and Ethnicity, and Popular and Visual Culture. At least 2 of the 6 concentration classes must be at the 3000 levels or above. These classes are in addition to requirements for AMST 3001 and an AMST 4000-level seminar.

Becoming an American Studies Major

To declare an American Studies major, students must have completed at least one university-level (i.e. UVA or college transfer) course in American history or culture, broadly defined (including literature, music, religion, art, anthropology, etc.), with a grade of C or better. AP and IB courses do not satisfy this prerequisite.

Students are encouraged to declare the major in their 2nd or 3rd year of study.

Students interested in declaring should bring a College declaration form to the American Studies Director of Undergraduate Programs or the Director of American Studies. The Director will assign an appropriate faculty advisor who will work with the student to complete a major declaration form. Declaration forms will be processed only in the Fall and Spring semesters. 



Requirements for the major


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