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About the Major

With an American Studies major, you gain a systematic understanding of the culture and society of the United States of America from a multidisciplinary perspective, while developing critical thinking and writing skills. Small, discussion-based classes allow you to learn multicultural diversity, to connect with your teachers, and tailor the curriculum to your goals and interests.

In addition to a solid foundation in American history, politics, culture and social relations, American Studies course will help you hone your research and reasoning skills.

Courses to expect for this major include American History, American Literature, Fine Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Theory and Method of American Studies, and Senior Seminar in American Studies.

Career Options

Instead of preparing you for a single occupation, American Studies coursework prepares students to think, explore, and put knowledge into practice. Our graduates enjoy successful careers in a variety of fields:

  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Writer/Copy Editor
  • Public Relations
  • Diversity Trainer
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Museum Curator
  • Lawyer
  • Business Manager
  • Teacher
  • Marketing Manager
  • City Manager
  • Politician
  • Social Worker
  • Non-Profit Administrator
  • Activist/Organizer

Finish in Four

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The Finish in Four plans are designed to assist students in an eight semester plan guiding them to graduate within four years. Students may use this as a guide as they plan their undergraduate education, but should adjust it to fit their personal goals.

BA - American Studies
Option - Pre-Law


The minor in American Studies is a program that explores American history, culture and society. A variety of courses are available for students to choose from including: Globalization and American Culture, American Popular Culture and Gender in America. This minor teaches students to think clearly, argue well, communicate ideas and respect diversity of opinion and experience.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of Registrar.


Scholarships are available for prospective freshmen, transfer students, current students and continuing students through the University, College of Arts & Sciences, and respective Departments.

When students complete the OSU admission application, they are automatically considered for the University Level scholarships.

Students are eligible for College Level scholarships within the College of Arts and Sciences after completing 12 hours at OSU. Some exceptions may apply. See specific scholarships for criteria.

Some departments offer Departmental Level scholarships for students whose major is housed within that specific department.

Learn more about the program

American Studies
Stillwater Campus
101 Murray Hall
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078


Tulsa Campus
MCB 2215
700 N. Greenwood Ave,
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74106