Bachelor of Arts in American Studies:

Build time-honored skills with an American Studies degree.

Are civilized debate and the spirit of compromise vanishing from American life? Not in our American Studies program. This flexible bachelor’s degree program fosters lively explorations of American history, culture and politics. You’ll focus on specific aspects of American studies that fascinate you, while honing widely sought job skills such as research, critical thinking, written analysis and persuasive communication. Best of all, you’ll earn your American studies bachelor’s degree in a quintessentially American setting—a small New England college with a long academic tradition.

In our American Studies bachelor’s degree program, you’ll discuss big ideas in small classes that are led by expert faculty—a perfect environment for healthy debate about American studies. You’ll learn to express yourself passionately, disagree respectfully and weigh conflicting perspectives about American history and culture.

One of Mount Ida’s most flexible degrees, the American Studies program provides you with great freedom to mix and match courses. In addition to core courses in American history and society, you’ll choose electives in a wide range of subjects, including:

  • Government
  • Politics
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Labor and business
  • War and diplomacy
  • Literature

You’ll also complete a fourth-year capstone course, completing an in-depth project in an area of American Studies that reflects your particular interests.

The American Studies Degree requires 120 credits, broken down as follows:

  • 45 credits in American studies, including 12 credits in one of three American studies concentrations (American history, American institutions, and American culture, race and gender)
  • 33 credits in arts, sciences and humanities
  • 42 credits in open electives. All open electives will allow you to pursue a minor and/or study abroad.

Here are just a few of the courses you may be taking:

  • HI 210 – Native American History
  • EN 233 – Multicultural Women Writers
  • HI 310 – Modern America

For complete course listings please refer to our catalog. To learn more about our faculty, please visit the faculty and staff directory.


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The American Studies bachelor’s degree can prepare you for employment in almost any field, because it cultivates skills (such as writing, research and critical thinking) that are sought in nearly every industry.

An American studies degree provides excellent preparation for immediate employment in government, public service, writing and information management. Graduates of our American Studies program pursue careers and/or graduate studies in a wide variety of fields, including:

  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Business
  • Education
  • Museum studies
  • Public policy
  • Teaching at the secondary school level