For a country less than 250 years old, the United States has amazingly complex business, communications and cultural systems. Whether you’re doing business with an American company or hosting guests from another country, an understanding of traditions and expectations is essential to successful interaction.
The bachelor’s degree in American studies allows for broad study in two areas of interest, resulting in a degree customized to your interests in American history, politics or culture.
The bachelor’s degree in American studies is an excellent preparation for law or graduate school. Graduates with degrees in American studies work in business, nonprofit organizations, media and cultural industries.
The University’s Career Center is an important resource for students pursuing post-graduation employment. Licensed counselors are available to provide strategies for mastering job interviews, writing professional cover letters and resumes and connecting with campus recruiters, among other services.
Students who wish to major in American studies should complete:
The UT Dallas program in American studies focuses on the institutions, arts, structures and social processes of the United States. It emphasizes interdisciplinary work; students choose two broad areas within which to study:
The School of Interdisciplinary Studies internship program at UT Dallas offers students the opportunity for practical experience in their field of interest while earning college credits. Internships provide:
The American studies honors program offers the opportunity for advanced scholarly work and recognition. To earn departmental honors, students must graduate with:
The programs of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) provide students with a broad learning experience. Because of the individualized focus and flexibility, the program is appropriate for both students preparing to enter the workplace and those planning to continue their studies. IS students are encouraged to customize a degree plan using two or more disciplines — a combination of business and the social sciences, for example — or they can tailor degrees in American studies or gender studies around topics of interest.
Bachelor of Arts: American studies, interdisciplinary studies
Bachelor of Science: Interdisciplinary studies, healthcare studies
Master of Arts: Interdisciplinary studies
If your academic focus leads you elsewhere at UT Dallas, but you would still like to pursue studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, the following minors are available: