School of Interdisciplinary Studies
American Studies (BA)
The program in American Studies focuses on the study of the cultures, institutions, legal system, political structure, and social processes of the United States. It emphasizes an interdisciplinary perspective. Students choose two broad areas or options to study.
American Studies graduates work in business, culture industries, government, legal fields, media, non-profit organizations, and sports industries. The BA in American Studies is also an excellent preparation for law school or graduate school. Each student designs his or her own program within specific guidelines and in consultation with an academic advisor. The courses a student takes as part of the American Studies program may be given in any school within the university but will include American Studies courses and appropriate Interdisciplinary Studies courses. A list of courses which apply to the American Studies degree may be obtained from the academic advisors in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Double majors including American Studies are encouraged.
Bachelor of Arts in American Studies
Degree Requirements (120 semester credit hours)
I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours1
Communication (6 semester credit hours)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 semester credit hours)
Humanities and Fine Arts (6 semester credit hours)
Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 semester credit hours)
Science (9 semester credit hours including at least one course with a substantial laboratory component)
II. Major Requirements: 54 semester credit hours (42 semester credit hours beyond the Core Curriculum)4
Major Preparatory Courses (6 semester credit hours)
One of the following:
One of the following:
Major Core Courses (12 semester credit hours)
Two of the following courses:
And other courses on American history or American government approved by the academic advisor.
Major Related Courses (36 semester credit hours)
In addition to the core requirements, students will take 18 semester credit hours of coursework in each of two of the following disciplinary options, for a total of 36 semester credit hours:
III. Elective Requirements: 36 semester credit hours
Guided Elective (1 semester credit hour)
Free Electives (35 semester credit hours)
Students must complete 51 semester credit hours of upper-division coursework to graduate. They must complete a minimum of 45 semester credit hours at UT Dallas. In the final semester, all the coursework should be taken at UT Dallas.
Honors in American Studies
GPA: 3.900 cumulative GPA, 3.900 GPA in courses described below, and a total of 27 or 30 upper-division UT Dallas semester credit hours as described below. (The variation is determined by whether or not (AMS 3302) or (AMS 2341) is chosen). The total semester credit hours must be 30.
Options: (6 semester credit hours)
Notation on Transcript: Honors in Major
- Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
- A required major course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement.
- An additional ISIS course will be taken if BIS 3320 is used to satisfy the Core Curriculum Communication Elective requirement.
- It will be 42 semester credit hours if MATH 1314, STAT 1342, BIS 3320 and AMS 2341 are taken as part of the students' core curriculum requirements.