American Studies Minor
“What is America?” and “What does it mean to be American?” The American studies area encourages students to ask these questions for themselves and to develop well-researched answers rather than to accept conventional definitions. The undergraduate program in American studies offers its majors and minors the opportunity to explore American traditions, institutions, literature, and arts and exposes students to a diversity of American experiences and perspectives. Students may petition the director of undergraduate studies to have courses not listed approved to fulfill major or minor requirements; such courses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:
- take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
- earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.
For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.
The undergraduate minor in American studies consists of five courses in American studies.
|AMST 101||This Place Called "America"||3|
|One of the following options:||3|
|Myth and History in American Memory|
|Introduction to the Cultures and Histories of Native North America|
|This Place Called "The South"|
|Difference and Power in American Culture(s)|
|America's Role in the Global Environment H|
|Everyday Cultures: Folklore in America|
|Three additional elective courses chosen from the following lists:||9|
AMST courses numbered 102 or higher 1
FOLK courses numbered 200 or higher 2
CHER courses numbered 101 or higher
Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.
American Studies (AMST), Folklore (FOLK), and Cherokee (CHER) course descriptions.
See program page here for special opportunities.
- American Studies Major, B.A.
- American Studies Major, B.A.–American Indian and Indigenous Studies Concentration