What will I learn?

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the B.A. in American studies, students should have:

a deepened knowledge and critical understanding of American history, cultures, and society;
the ability to interpret a range of sources (literature, painting, maps, diaries, music, census data, material objects) and to integrate those sources into a persuasive argument about American culture; and
the ability to explain one’s own perspective on American identity and to place that identity in the diverse, global context of our time.

Overview

American studies majors develop broad training in cultural analysis and communication. Students take courses that make sense of the contemporary world, both nationally and internationally, using a variety of approaches to the study of culture, including film, the digital humanities, art, theater, and literature. Faculty members have particular strengths in racial and ethnic studies, gender, sport studies, journalism, American literature, history, and American popular culture.

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in American studies requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including 33 s.h. of work for the major. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core. At least 24 s.h. for the major must be earned at the University of Iowa.

A distinctive feature of the American studies major is the opportunity to develop broad training in cultural analysis as well as emphasis of particular interests within the study of American culture.

Shortly after declaring the major, students should meet with their faculty advisor to explore the range of course work available and to begin shaping a plan of study. By the second semester in the major, students and their advisor should have agreed upon a plan of study for completing the requirements for the major.

American studies provides preparation for careers in business, public relations, marketing, advertising, diversity outreach, tourism, education, politics and government, social service, media and journalism, museums, and the arts. It also provides a good foundation for graduate studies in the humanities, the social sciences, theology, and business, or for professional study in law or medicine.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$31,458.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2021

Start date

Expected January, May, August 2022

Venue

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

240 Schaeffer Hall,

University of Iowa,

IOWA CITY,

Iowa,

52242, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have the Completion of academic upper secondary school (generally a total of 12-13 years of primary and secondary education); A corresponding secondary school diploma or leaving certificate. English Language Requirements: Internet-based test (iBT): 80 with no subscore lower than 17; Revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test: no subscore lower than 17; Paper-based test (PBT): 530; International English Language Testing System) total score of 6.5, with no subscore lower than 6.0A Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 53 with no sub-scores lower than 47

For international students

Students must meet the following requirements for admission: completion of academic upper secondary school (generally a total of 12-13 years of primary and secondary education); a corresponding secondary school diploma or leaving certificate; completion of minimum high school course requirements of the following: 4 years of English/language arts; 2 years in a single language of world languages; 3 years including courses in physical science, biology, chemistry, environmental science and physics of natural science; 3 years of social studies; 2 years of algebra; and 1 year of geometry.

English Language Requirements:

  • An IELTS (International English Language Testing System) total score of 6.5, with no sub score lower than 6.0
  • Internet-based test (iBT): 80 with no sub score lower than 17
  • Revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test: no sub score lower than 17
  • Paper-based test (PBT): 530
  • An ACT English sub score of 21
  • An SAT Reading score of 29
  • A Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 53 with no sub-scores lower than 47

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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