Undergraduate Program

The American Studies Major

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Dr. Jolene Hubbs’ AMS 203 Southern Studies class discusses the cookbook White Trash Cooking.

Our students tell us they consider American studies an ideal major: The flexibility of the program allows them to develop a broad range of knowledge and skills while at the same time forge an academic path that suits their goals for intellectual growth. The program emphasizes critical thinking, masterful writing, creativity, and applied knowledge to prepare students for their futures — whether in grad school or the workforce.

Double majoring

Some students double major in American studies because it provides the perfect complement to other disciplines, such as English, psychology, and political science. Because American Studies is such a flexible major, it is easy to combine with another major.

Internships

We encourage students to simultaneously explore interesting academic areas and focus on career development. Many students gain course credit for internships and work outside of the classroom, in addition to traditional coursework. Learn more on our internships page.

After graduation

A major in American studies will prepare you for a variety of career options. Our graduates have gone to law school, nonprofit work, graduate school in any number of subjects, Teach for America, advertising, historical commissions, arts alliances, public relations, politics, and think tanks. Visit our alumni page to see where the American studies degree has taken our graduates.

Learn more

Contact our undergraduate coordinator, Jeffery Melton (jmelton@as.ua.edu), to find out how American studies can help you meet and exceed your academic goals at The University of Alabama.