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Major Requirements

  • ​Three Core Courses

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 prior to the start of senior year. Seniors should 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. At least two of the concentration courses should be at the 300-level.​

Major Electives 

In consultation with an advisor, students will select three additional courses from outside of the concentration.

Distribution Requirements

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 three courses should carry an AMS designator. At least two of the concentration courses should be at the 300-level.

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 completes a thesis project through a capstone course in their primary major; 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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