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Major Requirements

Core Courses

Three courses - AMS 200 (or an approved AMS/HST course), AMS 201, and one additional approved course - form the foundation of the program and, ideally, should be completed in the sophomore or junior years. Seniors should plan to take the capstone senior seminar course, AMS 301, in the fall of their senior year. 

Concentration Requirements​

Students must also complete six courses in one of the following concentrations: Popular Culture and Media Studies; Social and Literary Movements; Politics, Institutions and Values; Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies; or Material Culture and the Built Environment.

Major Electives and Distribution Requirements

In consultation with an advisor, students will select three additional courses from outside of the concentration. For the concentration and the electives, no more than three courses for the major should be from any one department outside of AMS. Also, from among the concentration courses and elective courses at least 8 units should carry an AMS designator.

Senior Seminar

During the fall quarter of their senior year, students should take AMS 301 capstone, the Senior Seminar.  Students will be sent instructions on how to prepare for the Senior Seminar by the Autumn Quarter instructor for the course

NOTE: Students must earn a C- or better in this course. This course is waived for Honors students who are producing an Honors capstone thesis project and Double Majors when AMS is a student's secondary major AND the student's primary major offers capstone credit resulting in a thesis; in these cases AMS 301 must be replaced with a 300-level AMS course. Students seeking these exceptions must discuss with the AMS Program Director in advance.​ ​

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