Welcome to American Studies

What is American Studies?

American Studies is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of American culture and society that draws upon courses from departments and programs in the humanities and social sciences.

The core curriculum includes courses in US history, literary and cultural studies, geography, and California studies, while electives, chosen on advisement, may be drawn from any department or program with courses that focus on the US (including History, English, Music, Humanities, Political Science, and Ethnic Studies.) Majors who achieve a 3.0 or higher are encouraged to complete their program with an independent study (699) in which they write an interdisciplinary senior thesis.

What can you do with a degree in American Studies?

American Studies majors are prepared for a number of different career paths that value interdisciplinary knowledge, critical and creative thinking, and effective writing skills. Our majors have gone on to graduate school, law and business school, education, public policy, nonprofits, and museum work. We are working at building an alumni network to help students navigate their next steps after graduation.

How do I sign up?

To become an American Studies major or minor, or to find out more about it, please contact the American Studies coordinator, Professor Cristina Ruotolo ruotolo@sfsu.edu, to make an appointment.