Curriculum Requirements 

Students must take courses from at least three different departments in order to fulfill the requirements for the major
Students must take at least 18 hours at the 300 level or above
AMS 101Introduction to American Studies3
AMS 310The United States In The World3
AMS 501Senior Project 13
Two Additional AMS Courses6
American History Course (HIS course)3
American Literature Course (ENG course)3
AMS 200 or Higher Specialized Area Courses 29
Additional Requirements
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 108Precalculus Mathematics II3
UMX 100The University Of Miami Experience0
People and Society or Arts and Humanities Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Language Requirement3-9
Minor Requirement15
Electives45
Total Credit Hours120-126
1

AMS 501 can take the form of an individual research project or an internship at a local cultural or civic institution.  For the research option, students will identify an appropriate faculty member to supervise and grade the project, and then obtain approval from the program director before proceeding with the project.  The student must produce a substantial written report or research paper, the format of which will be determined by the faculty member and student in consultation with the program director. For the internship option, students will partner with any number of local institutions and produce a creative and/or scholarly project for evaluation. The internship will be arranged through the program director, in consultation with the Butler Center.  The final product will be evaluated by the program director. 

American Studies majors with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in AMS courses and an overall GPA of at least 3.0 may earn departmental honors by completing AMS 505Candidates for departmental honors are responsible for finding a faculty member to serve as thesis advisor. Students then must complete a thesis proposal of approximately 500 words that must be approved by the thesis advisor and the program director. The format and length of the thesis will vary according to the nature of the project. Students would take AMS 501 in the fall semester of the senior year and AMS 505 in the spring to complete the honors thesis.

2

 Students must take three courses, chosen in consultation with an American Studies advisor, in a specialized area of American Studies (200 level or higher).  Students may work in areas including, but not limited to, Ethnic Studies, Caribbean Studies, Latino/a Studies, Environmental Studies, Communication Studies, Women's Literature, Urban Studies, Africana Studies, Religious Studies, or Material Culture Studies. At least one of these courses must be either comparative or non-U.S.-based.

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 108 Precalculus Mathematics II 3
Language (first course) 3
People & Society or Arts and Humanities cognate (first course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
Language (second course) 3
STEM cognate (first course) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
AMS 101 Introduction to American Studies 3
Language (third course) 3
People & Society or Arts and Humaities cognate (second course) 3
Minor (first course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
AMS Specialization Course 3
American Literature Course (ENG) 3
Minor (second course) 3
STEM cognate (second course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
American History (HIS Course) 3
Minor (third course) 3
STEM cognate (third course) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
AMS Specialization Course 3
Minor (fourth course) 3
Natural Science course (if needed) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
AMS 501 Senior Project 3
Minor (fifth course) 3
People & Society or Arts and Humanities cognate (third course) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
AMS 505 Honors Thesis 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120