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American Culture Minor

American Culture offers a general minor in addition to minors from our Latina/o Studies, Native American Studies, Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies, and Digital Studies units. The American Culture minor gives skills, information, and techniques from a wide variety of perspectives and disciplines. Students engage comparative ethnic studies, history, literature, film/media studies, religion, music, art, digital technologies, women's studies, folklore, sexuality studies, and ethnography. Our curriculum allows students a better understanding of the nation's diversity and the U.S.'s role in a global context. We explore what it has meant — and continues to mean — to claim to be an "American."

American Culture’s general minor is flexible to allow students to chart their own trajectory. Students should consult with the department’s designated advisor to discuss their interests and plan.

American Culture’s general minor is an ideal companion degree for any student interested in law, medicine, business, marketing, museum studies, or graduate school in the humanities and social sciences. An academic minor in American Culture signals that a student can engage with the nation’s ever increasing diversity intelligently and critically. Because of the plethora of disciplines, interdisciplinary faculty, and geographic reach designed into the American Culture curriculum (which stretches far beyond the bounds of the continental United States), this minor is a valuable intellectual resource for any career.

This academic minor is aimed at students with interests in understanding how they came to know their role in the United States. The general American Culture academic minor encourages students to take an ensemble of courses focusing on, for example, comparative ethnic studies, popular culture, gender and sexuality studies, digital technologies, media and society, or contemporary social issues.

Appointments with the respective advisor can be scheduled online.