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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Harrisburg

American Studies Minor

Capital College (AMSTD)

Capital College - Simon Bronner,
Abington College - Andrew August,

Penn State Brandywine - Julie Gallagher,
Penn State Fayette - Jay Precht,
Penn State York - Robert Farrell,

This interdisciplinary minor is designed for students who want to complement their major program. American Studies is an interdisciplinary field that explores the patterns of life and thought of the American peoples, past and present. American Studies helps students prepare for further study or careers in education, government, business, science, communication, law, museums, historical and cultural agencies, and archives. Internships are available for qualified students in American Studies. The internship is an extension of the student's academic studies and is an opportunity to gain practical experience.

A student seeking admission to the American Studies Minor must first be admitted to a major at Penn State. Upon admission, a Minor Adviser will be appointed from within the American Studies faculty to guide the student. For the American Studies Minor, a total of 18 credits is required. At least 6 credits must be at the 400 level.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.


AM ST 491W(3) (Sem: 5-8)

AM ST 100 GH;US(3) or AM ST 100W GH(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 12 credits from any American Studies offerings (AM ST) or from courses related to American Studies chosen from a list provided by the college. At least six of those credits must be at the 400 level. Substitutions must be approved by the American Studies Program head at the appropriate college. (Sem: 5-8)

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-02-019

Review Date: 10/08/2013

UCA Revision #2: 7/26/07