Vanderbilt University American Studies

Home » Undergraduate » Major in American Studies

Major in American Studies

The major offers a broad grounding in the study of the United States by integrating a rich array of materials, themes, and approaches from many fields. It encourages students to view the U.S. from international, cross-cultural, and comparativist perspectives. The program provides students with rigorous training in the methods of interdisciplinary work while also allowing them the flexibility to pursue their own intellectual interests and goals. Our program encourages students to engage in experiential learning through research, volunteer opportunities, and internships.

The Major in American Studies consists of 36 hours of course work:

1. Core Requirements (6 hours)
2. International Requirement (3 hours)
3. Distribution Requirements (18 hours)
4. Electives (9 hours)
Honors Track

Note: No course may be counted twice in calculating the 36 hours. No more than 6 hours at the 1000 level can count toward the interdisciplinary major (except for History, where all courses above 1600 count). Students seeking a second major may count a maximum of 6 hours of course work toward meeting requirements in both majors.


Want to find out more about our major? Ready to declare the major? 

Contact Prof. Gabriel A. Torres Colón to set up an appointment:
gabriel.a.torres.colon@vanderbilt.edu

Fall 2017 Office Hours: TBA