Nov 30, 2023  
2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

Arts and Sciences Transfer, Arts and Humanities, American Studies Option, A.A.

Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A. (code AA.AMS.AMS)

Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 60 credit hours.

American Studies Scholarship Information

About the Department

Purpose: To encourage and assist students in developing an understanding and appreciation of the social structures and cultural values of the American experience from a variety of historical and contemporary perspectives. The option makes use of materials and methodologies from various disciplines in the development of multidisciplinary approaches to the study of American society and culture. This option will readily transfer to most four-year colleges and universities.

Range of Occupations

  • Communications
  • Higher education
  • Journalism
  • Legal profession
  • Library science
  • Public service
  • Social service

Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses

AACC faculty developed the following sequence of courses to encourage greater success in each student’s program of study.  This sequence incorporates all of the student’s admissions requirements for this degree and provides the student with essential notes to guide their success.  It is recommended that students view and save this as they plan courses for this degree.


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General Education Requirements: 31-37 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 7-8 credits

At least one lab science required. See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Interdisciplinary Studies, Computer Technology or Mathematics: 3-4 credits

See General Education Requirements for a list of approved courses. CTA 100  or CTA 103  recommended.

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

See General Education Health/Fitness/Wellness Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Mathematics: 3-4 credits

See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Program Requirements: 23-29 credits

Choose one American Literature course other than the chosen general education course from the following: 3 credits

Additional Requirements

Computer Competency Requirement

See General Education Computing Competency Requirement  for a list of approved courses.

Diversity Requirement

General education requirement SOC 111  meets this requirement.

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

Transfer Agreements

Agreements may exist for this program of study. To access agreements, go to Transfer Services