American Studies students with a particular interest not covered by the other concentrations may design their own concentration.  Working closely with American Studies faculty members, students may design, propose and execute their own academic plan.

The Self-Designed concentration includes consulting with faculty on a specific topic, selecting Core courses that will shape this academic specialty, and identifying electives that will provide a comprehensive and rigorous understanding of a specific field of interest.

Previous Self-Designed concentration topics include Consumer Culture, Gender and Sexuality, Transnationalism, and Social Media.

If you are interested in a Self-Designed concentration, please contact the American Studies Director of Undergraduate Programs about submitting a Proposal of your plan of study. 


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