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 based in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry. 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.
This 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. A major in American studies is also one of the Area Studies options for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Global Studies.
Sydney Arts and Social Sciences graduates work in government departments at all levels, and major private sector consultancies and corporations, locally and overseas. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a range of subject areas that prepare graduates for careers in administration, education, business research, marketing, media, management consultancy, public relations, gallery and museum curatorship, hospitality and tourism, community and welfare. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry, and demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, and ethical, social and professional understanding, qualities sought after by leading employers all over the world.
Further study for major
Eligible candidates may proceed to an Honours year in the Bachelor of Arts, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.
Related subject areas
English, Film Studies, History, Government and International Relations