What will I learn?

American Studies considers what it means to be “American” by evaluating the ideals and realities of life in the United States. Through coursework and experiences such as internships or travel, the major explores the many ways our cultural ideologies are produced. Classes explore how American cultures are shaped by social structures and experiences such as class, ethnicity, gender, and race.

The major provides students with the tools of critical cultural analysis and communication which prepare them to work in the public or private sphere, whether creatively, educationally, politically, or organizationally.

Coursework in American Studies explores:

Representations of American cultural issues in the arts, social and political institutions, media and popular culture

Social inequalities of cultural systems through topics such as: gender, sexuality and parenthood, drugs and health, food and well-being, developing technologies, imagined futures, and the crossing of borders.

Critical theory from fields such as cultural studies, art and media studies, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, political science, geography, etc.

In American Studies, students will increase their understanding of American systems, American lives, and American spaces through investigations, discussions, creative work and community-engaged projects.

Which department am I in?

School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (180 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$39,114.00 per year
Start date

Expected June, September 2022


University of Washington Tacoma

1900 Commerce Street,



98402, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Student must have a High School Qualification.

Due to limited testing availability from COVID-19, the UW will accept the Duolingo’s English Test for autumn 2021 applicants. A minimum score of 105 will be required for admission. The TOEFL iBT special home edition and the IELTS Indicator at home exam will also be accepted for 2021 international freshman applicants.

English proficiency

TOEFL (iBT) - Minimum score required: 76, Recommended score: 92 or higher

IELTS - Minimum score required: 6.0, Recommended score: 7.0 or higher

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


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