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

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

Mission

The American Studies program at the University of Miami fosters the interdisciplinary study of American culture and society, and explores the place of the United States in an increasingly interconnected world. Our faculty come from a wide range of fields, including history, literature, religion, art, philosophy, law, music, ethnic studies, anthropology, architecture, sociology, communications, and education. What unites them is the commitment to examining the U.S. from multiple perspectives, highlighting the diversity of people, cultures, and experiences that have shaped the past and present United States. The Program places analysis of globalization at its center, and encourages a hemispheric perspective that allows students and faculty to explore interests in the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Pacific Rim, and other border crossings.

Goals

The undergraduate curriculum in American Studies encourages students to bridge the divide between disciplines by examining specific themes and topics in an engaging, dynamic, interdisciplinary manner. By exposing students to courses that place questions of cultural diversity, regional difference, ethnic and racial identity, gender and sexuality, class dynamics, and popular culture at the forefront of intellectual investigation, the Program in American Studies enables them to situate their own experiences in a wider context. It also exposes them to a multiplicity of perspectives that inform our understanding of the United States and its place in a global society. The Program encourages its majors to study abroad, and faculty members help students plan their curriculum to make that option feasible.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate thorough knowledge of a variety of disciplinary research methodologies that shape the study of the culture, politics, and society of the United States, and the ability to analyze both primary and secondary sources, by using a wide variety of sources in their study of the U.S. in support of interdisciplinary learning.
  • Students will demonstrate a thorough knowledge in history, culture, and politics of the U.S. in the context of larger-scale global changes and by making comparisons with other cultures and societies in history.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to directly relate themes, analyses, and methodologies they learned in their courses to their own research projects.