American Studies Minor

Department of American Studies

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204 Greenlaw Hall, CB# 3520

(919) 962-5481

Sharon Holland, Chair

Gabrielle Berlinger, Director of Undergraduate Studies

“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.

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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 of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

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. Courses listed more than once can be counted for only one category. At least one course must be at the 300 level or above.

Core Requirements
Introduction (one of the following):3
The Emergence of Modern America
Myth and History in American Memory
Defining America I H
Defining America II H
AMST 201Literary Approaches to American Studies3
or AMST 202 Historical Approaches to American Studies
Three AMST courses numbered above 202 (not including independent study or honors thesis research)9
Total Hours15

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) course descriptions

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