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2023-2024 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 
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American Studies Minor

American Studies examines the American experience, including American identity, cultural practices, and history, through a broad-ranging curriculum. An American Studies minor is useful for students planning to work in such fields as writing, education, government, museums, social justice organizations, law, and many others or to continue on to graduate study in most disciplines.

Students may select courses in anthropology, history, literature, art and architecture, philosophy, religion, political science, sociology, and others. The area around Bridgewater also offers many rich library, museum, service, and civic resources to complement the classroom experience, and students are encouraged to take advantage of these resources through internships, other experiential learning, and/or archival research, in consultation with the American Studies Coordinator and their advisor. The American Studies program sponsors an annual internships fair each spring with more information about internship opportunities.

For further information, contact the American Studies Coordinator, Dr. Simone Poliandri, spoliandri@bridgew.edu, x1846, Hart Hall 240.

Course Requirements

American Society, Politics and History elective (3 credits)

Complete one course, selected from the following:

American Cultural Representation elective (3 credits)

Complete one course, selected from the following:

Electives (6 credits)

Complete two additional courses (6 credits) in electives. Students may enroll in AMST 498 - Internship in American Studies  and/or additional electives from either list above. Other courses, including Second Year Seminars, may be substituted with approval of the American Studies coordinator.  Please note: Second Year Seminar is not a repeatable course; only one Second Year Seminar may be applied to this minor.


At least two electives must be chosen from disciplines outside the student’s major. Students should contact the American Studies Coordinator during the advising period for a list of current courses being offered that may fulfill American Studies elective requirements.

Total minimum credits: 18