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American Studies Major, BA


The curriculum of this interdisciplinary program is unique. In addition to 12 credits of specified coursework, it offers students the choice of a wide range of elective courses (24 credits) in one of five tracks of study.

University Core – (44-55)

Major Courses – (36)

Required Major Courses: (12 credits)

AMS 201Introduction to American Studies

6 credits

AMS 202Introduction to American Studies

6 credits

AMS 499Senior Year Experience: American Studies Capstone

3 credits

AMS 395Independent Study in American Studies

3 credits


Major Track Electives: (24 credits)

Students choose ONE of the following five tracks. For selection of courses that meet degree requirements, see program worksheet and also ask program director for list of newly added courses.

Track 2: The Law and American Studies

The University's many law-related courses allow students to build a very successful track in law.

Track 3: Civic Engagement and Public Values

Pace has positioned itself as one of the foremost civically engaged universities in the country. This track draws upon an extensive offering of courses.

Track 5: Individualized Studies

This track is an opportunity to develop a unique program of study.  Students will consult with an American Studies faculty member for guidance in selecting courses which will meet the track's degree requirements.

Track 1: New York: Urban and Regional Studies

One of the unique qualities of Pace University is its connection to New York. Many academic disciplines offer courses specifically geared toward the city's cultural, historical, environmental, and political life.

Track 4: American Arts

An ever-growing Theater Department in NYC and the flourishing of the campus Schimmel Theater as the largest performing arts venue in lower Manhattan have positioned Pace as an academic leader in performing arts in the city.

Open Electives – (37-48)

Total Credit Hours: 128

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