American Studies


To receive a minor in American Studies, students must complete 24 units as follows:

  • one lower-division introduction to American Studies course (Amerstd 10 or Amerstd 10AC, 4 units)
  • two upper-division courses that focus on “Time,” and two upper-division “Place” courses in American Studies (16 total units). NOTE: Students may occasionally enroll in a three unit upper-division courses o satisfy this requirement, as offered.
  • one capstone research/writing project to be completed in one of the existing seminar courses taught by American Studies affiliated faculty (4 units).


All students in the minor will have hands-on guidance and advice from American Studies faculty. For more information about the minor, please  contact the American Studies Student Academic Advisor, Laura Spautz at

American Studies Minor Declaration Form