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AMS-BA - American Studies


Official Name of Program

American Studies

Plan Code


Department(s) Sponsoring Program



Degree Designation

BA - Bachelor of Arts



NYSED Program Code

34897 - AMS-BA

CIP Code


The American Studies program at the College of Staten Island is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of U.S. culture and society. The courses allow exploration of the diversity of American experience from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. American Studies courses draw on the talents of Americanists in many academic departments, while emphasizing history, literature, the arts, politics, and geography. Students build expertise in a rich range of subject matter, methods, and types of materials. The program encourages students to explore courses on relevant topics no matter where they may be found in the College Catalog. Students at the College of Staten Island may pursue a major or minor in American Studies. Whichever they choose, they will find American Studies an enlightening and enriching experience that will help them understand this country, as well as its place in the world. If they have already taken college courses in U.S. literature or history, they will find that they have already completed a portion of the program's requirements. Whether selected as a major or minor, the American Studies program will provide a solid foundation for graduate study in the liberal arts or professional programs. American Studies courses will help enrich and broaden the college experience.