The American Culture Department at the University of Michigan enthusiastically welcomes transfer students into our majors and minors. We will work with you to evaluate and approve transfer credits from your previous college or university. We are here for you.
What is American Culture?
American Culture (often also called American Studies) is an interdisciplinary field of study. This means that it combines perspectives and methods from a variety of disciplines which may be more familiar to you (such as English, History, Sociology, Art History). When put together, these different disciplinary perspectives create something that is more than the sum of its parts, a powerful set of tools for thinking about “America” in each of its many meanings. Our students become experts in critical thinking and polished professional expression. They practice analyzing the workings of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social class, and empire in American art, literature, economy, history, film, video games, dance, and music, as well as in movements for democratic change and social justice. A major or a minor in American Culture thus provides students essential academic tools as they prepare for a wide array of careers, from academic research and teaching, to arts and the media, to public health, to criminal justice, to community organizing, and much more.
If you have taken United States History, American Literature, Sociology, African American Studies, Women’s Studies, or even courses in Criminal Justice or Community Health, you already have the building blocks for a major or minor in American Culture. Because many transfer students come from institutions that do not have American Studies departments, it may seem to you as if you have no credits that would transfer for our major and minor. Think again! Because we are an interdisciplinary program, students regularly combine our courses with courses taught in other departments to complete our major and minor. This may be true even if these courses you took in your previous institution were offered at the 100 level. We would be happy to meet with you to discuss your interests and which of your transfer credits would count.
Current University of Michigan Students
If you have already transferred to the University of Michigan, your transfer credits will not appear on your transcript as AMCULT. For them to count towards the major they must be approved by an advisor. If you can, please bring a syllabus from the course or courses you would like to count to toward the major. If you wrote a paper, bring a copy of the paper.
Future Transfer Students
Students who are currently enrolled at a Community College in Michigan who are thinking of transferring into the American Culture Department can send inquiries by email or can arrange to speak to an advisor about which classes to take.
Our department is also home to four Ethnic Studies Programs, Native American Studies, Arab and Muslim American Studies, Latina/o Studies, and Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies. Like American Culture, these are programs that apply the power of an interdisciplinary approach to specific themes or populations. These programs are the core of our approach to the field of American Culture, though each also extends beyond our Department to connect to other academic communities. Students can participate in Ethnic Studies through the general American Culture major and minor. But we also offer specific minors in each of these programs (and a major in Latina/o Studies). If you are interested in earning a degree in one of these programs, see the pages for those programs. For information about transfer credits, set up an appointment to meet with an advisor.
If you are a transfer student and would like the opportunity to learn by working with American Culture professors on their cutting edge research projects, consider participating in the Changing Gears Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program.