American Studies

American Studies introduces students to the interdisciplinary study of America as a place, a political and social idea, a set of values and traditions, and a people. The program provides students with the opportunity to examine America through the diversity of its ideas, texts, objects, institutions, practices, and histories, as well as complex social and political relationships. American Studies offers students the freedom to create an academic path that fits their interests and goals by choosing classes within a framework of required courses and a concentration area. American Studies is a practical second major for students already majoring in liberal arts in areas such as English, history, sociology, or political science.

All liberal arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to managerial success:  communicating and listening well, possessing insights into others, creative/critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to make connections across complex ideas.

American Studies Website

Plan of Study

American Studies, BA

Related Career Interests

Careers in American Studies

  • Attorney
  • Journalism/Mass Communication
  • Teaching and Education
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Community Services
  • Management
  • Public Policy
  • Material Culture, Museum and Archival Studies
  • Non-Profit
  • Sales, Customer Service, Human Resources

Transfer to American Studies

Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.

Minimum GPA: 2.2

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