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Minor in American Studies

Like the major, the minor 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 also 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. It also emphasizes the importance of experiential learning.

The Minor in American Studies consists of 15 hours of course work:

1. Core Requirements (6 hours)
  • AMER 1002, Introduction to American Studies (3 hours)
  • AMER 4000, Research Methods Workshop (3 hours)
2. International Requirement (3 hours)

One of the following:

  1. a) AMER 3200, Global Perspectives on the U.S. (3 credit hours)
  2. b) A pre-approved course that explicitly addresses a global perspective on the U.S.
3. Electives (6 hours)

Two courses pre-approved to form a plan of concentration.

Note: No course may be counted twice in calculating 15 credit hours. No more than 6 credit hours at the 1000 level can count toward the interdisciplinary minor.


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

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