B.A. in History - American Studies Concentration

College of Arts and Humanities

(*Note: As of Summer 2022, this program is no longer accepting new students.)

Academic Foundations
First Year Experience requirement4
English Composition requirement6-7
Mathematics requirement3-4
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Ethics requirement3
Distributed Disciplinary Foundations
Science requirement6-8
Behavioral & Social Science requirement6
Humanities requirement6
Arts requirement3
University Requirements
Writing Emphasis requirement9
Speaking Emphasis requirement9
Degree Requirements
Language/Culture requirement0-15
Demonstrating language proficiency through the intermediate level (202).
Capstone requirement1-15
Required Courses
HIS 101History of Civilization I3
HIS 102History of Civilization II3
HIS 151History of the United States I3
HIS 152History of the United States II3
HIS 300Varieties of History3
Upper-division History Electives
AMS/HIS 367American Material Culture3
Two U.S. history courses6
One European history elective3
One world/regional history elective 3
Other American Studies Requirements
AMS 200American Civilization3
LIT 201American Literature II3
Three 300-/400-level American-themed courses from at least two of the following disciplines: anthropology, art history, economics, geography, literature, music history, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and women’s and gender studies9
Capstone Requirement
AMS 400Senior Thesis or Project 13
or AMS 401 Independent Study
or AMS 415 American Studies Internship
Free Electives
Note: These courses are in addition to those taken to fulfill general education requirements.
As many free electives as needed to complete the 120 credits required for graduation. Free electives may also be used to complete a minor.12-24
Note: Students with an American studies concentration are ineligible for a minor in American studies.
Total Minimum Credits Required120

This course fulfills the Capstone requirement.

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a sample suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
HIS 152 History of the United States II 3
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 3
FYE 100XFirst Year Experience 4
Behavioral & Social Science Gen Ed 3
Language 101 3
Semester Two
AMS 200 American Civilization 3
HIS 151 History of the United States I 3
MAT 103 Introduction to Mathematics (OR HIGHER) 3
WRT 2XX200-Level WRT Course 3
Language 102 3
Year Two
Semester Three
HIS 101 History of Civilization I 3
LIT 200 American Literature I 3
Humanities Gen Ed (PHI) 3
Language 201 3
Arts Gen Ed 3
Free Elective (optional minor) 3
Semester Four
HIS 102 History of Civilization II 3
HIS 300 Varieties of History 3
SPK 208 Public Speaking 3
LIT 201 American Literature II 3
Language 202 3
Year Three
Semester Five
AMS 367
American Material Culture
or American Material Culture
European History Elective 3
Science Gen Ed 3
Behavioral & Social Science Gen Ed 3
Diverse Communities Gen Ed 3
Semester Six
US History/American Studies Elective 3
American Studies Cognate 3
Science Gen Ed 3
Free Elective (speaking emphasis) 3
Free Elective (optional minor) 3
Year Four
Semester Seven
US History/American Studies Elective 3
American Studies Cognate 3
World History Elective 3
Free Elective (300/400-level speaking emphasis) 3
Free Elective (optional minor) 3
Semester Eight
AMS 400
Senior Thesis or Project
or Independent Study
or American Studies Internship
American Studies Cognate 3
Free Elective (optional minor) 3
Free Elective (optional minor) 3
Free Elective (optional minor) 3
 Total Credits124