American Studies

The American Studies major is an interdisciplinary program of study incorporating units of study from the Departments of English, Film Studies, History, Government and Music, and the United States Studies Centre, and based in the United States Studies Centre. It enables students to develop a broad, multi-faceted understanding of the United States, which remains the dominant cultural and political force in the twenty-first century, and has long loomed large in Australian life. Understanding the United States is critical for global citizens.

Junior Units in American Studies

  • AMST1001 Global America, taught in semester two
    Unit description: This unit will investigate the global connectedness of the United States and how this relates to the core values and interests that define America. The primary focus will be on the United States in the 21st global century. The pedagogical aim of this unit is to provide students with analytical frames to understand the most important issues in contemporary American literature, culture, politics, society and the economy, and how they are affected by and affect the world outside the US.
  • Students who want to take senior American Studies units and complete the major in American Studies will be required to also take
    EITHER
    HSTY1076 American History from Lincoln to Clinton
    OR
    HSTY1023 Emerging Giant: The Making of America
    Both these units are taught in semester one; only one of these units is offered each year.

Major in American Studies

The major consists of one core unit of study, AMST2601 American Foundations, and five senior units of study chosen from a list of cross-listed units offered by participating departments, no more than three of which may come from a single department. Or AMST2601, AMST3601 American Perspectives, and four senior units of study chosen from a list of cross-listed units offered by participating departments, no more than three of which may come from a single department. A major in American studies is one of the Area Studies options for students enrolled in the Bachelor of International and Global Studies.

The contributing departments offer more than twenty units of study focused on the United States, not all of which will be offered in any given year. Units in History and English are generally taught once every two years, ensuring students will have a wide range of choices from which to construct a major.
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Honours in American Studies

The fourth year Honours program will consist of an American Studies seminar, one other seminar chosen from the American-focused fourth year units taught in English, Film Studies, Government and International Relations, and History, and an 18-20,000 word thesis. More details

To undertake Honours, you must have completed 8 units of American Studies, one of which must be AMST2601, and received an average mark of at least 65 in those units.