American Studies, BA

College of Arts & Sciences

Program Description:

American Studies is designed for the student interested in the interdisciplinary study of American culture. It encourages flexibility and innovation within a general structure of areas of interest, including but not limited to: Cultural Studies; Southwest Studies; Environment, Science and Technology; Popular Culture; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Race, Class and Ethnicity. The student will work closely with an undergraduate advisor in putting together the major and must receive the advisor’s approval for all course work. Nine hours of courses in American Studies may overlap with Arts and Sciences group requirements.


Admission Requirements:


College of Arts and Sciences and Department of American Studies Undergraduate Admission Requirements

A minimum of 26 credit hours; 23 credit hours must be in courses acceptable toward graduation.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on all work.

  • Transfer students must have a 2.0 transfer GPA.
  • Continuing UNM students must have a 2.00 institutional GPA.

Demonstrated academic achievement by satisfying the following:

  • Completion of the University Speaking and Writing Core.
  • Completion of the University Mathematics Core.
  • Completion of the University Foreign Language Core.

Completion of Department of American Studies admission coursework with grades of "C" or better:

  • AMST 182 or 183 or 184 or 185 or 186
  • AMST 285

Career Opportunities:

What can you do with a major in American Studies? Careers for people majoring in American Studies are as diverse as the students who select the major. A bachelor’s degree in American studies prepares students to ask critical questions and conduct sophisticated research using multiple methods. You will leave UNM armed with the necessary skills in research and writing necessary for success in law school or graduate school. You will acquire the critical writing skills essential for a career in almost any professional or creative field.

Contact Information:

David Correia: Undergraduate Advisor
(505) 603-5736