Saint Louis University

Major in American Studies

Offered by the Saint Louis University College of Arts and Sciences  

Download a fact sheet about SLU's undergraduate American studies degree.

Saint Louis University American Studies Degree Overview 

American studies is one of the most exciting and challenging of all the humanities and social science disciplines. If you choose this major, you'll be prepared for careers that emphasize creativity, writing, analysis, communication, research and civic engagement. Saint Louis University's American studies department takes an interdisciplinary approach to the historical study of the cultures of the United States, and to the critical analysis of their ongoing evolution.

SLU's American studies internships are designed in close consultation with the department's internship advisor and participating organizations such as the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the City Museum and others.

What You'll Learn in SLU's American Studies Program

Saint Louis University's American studies major consists of 30 total credit hours: nine credit hours from the department core, plus 21 additional credit hours selected either from American Studies or related fields. Exceptional students may also apply for SLU's accelerated five-year Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in American studies and Master of Arts (M.A.) in American studies in their junior year.

SLU's American studies minor consists of 18 total credit hours: three credit hours from the department core, plus 15 additional credit hours selected either from American studies or from courses in other departments. Recent undergraduate courses offered to SLU's American studies students include: American Places, American Decades, Cold War Culture, The 1960s, The Decade of Crisis, Museum Studies, Making the American City, Religion and American Culture, and Mixed-Race America.  

No matter which degree you choose, you'll be trained in the Jesuit humanist tradition, gaining skills in:
  • Clear thinking
  • Writing and speaking
  • Interpreting literary texts
  • Evaluating historical documents and artifacts
  • Applying humanistic and social science methods
  • Reflecting morally on problems and issues

What Can You Do With an American Studies Degree from SLU?

An undergraduate degree in American studies from Saint Louis University is foundational to a career in academia, museums and other cultural institutions, as well as secondary education, communications, non-profit organizations, government, social work and more.

Other possible careers for someone with a degree in American studies include:
  • Curator 
  • Foundation director
  • Grant writer
  • Journalist or editor 
  • Labor organizer
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian 
  • Non-profit management
  • Politician
  • Public policy analyst
  • Public relations specialist
  • Speech writer 
Learn more about SLU's undergraduate admission requirementsscholarships and financial aid, or take our majors quiz to find other SLU undergraduate degrees that might interest you.
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