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American Culture Major

Effective Winter 2014


Students are encouraged to discuss their academic program and related concerns with the American Culture department advisor. Appointments are scheduled on the American Culture Department's website under academic advising. For questions of immediate concern or general questions about the major, students may speak with the Undergraduate Administrator by calling 734.763.1460, emailing, or by coming to 3700 Haven Hall.




Minimum Credits: 28

The General Program:

  1. Core course: AMCULT 300: Practices of American Culture.
  2. Capstone: AMCULT 498: Capstone Seminar in American Culture.
  3. Breadth Requirements: Students must also have classes focused on the following Breath Requirements at the 200-level or higher. Depending on content, one course might satisfy two or more of these requirements.
    • Pre-Twentieth-Century United States
    • Transnationalism, Diaspora, and/or Empire
    • Women, Gender, and/or Sexuality
    • Ethnic and/or Indigenous Studies
  4. Electives: Students must elect additional courses at the 200 level or higher under American Culture (AMCULT) and/or any of American Culture's Ethnic Studies SUBJECT Codes (LATINOAM, ASIANPAM, NATIVEAM, ARABAM) to reach the 28 minimum credits required for the major. (Includes Breadth Requirement courses).

Optional Sub-Major: Ethnic Studies


No more than 9 credits at the 200 level can be counted toward the major.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the AMAS, AMCULT, ARABAM, ASIANPAM, LATINOAM, and NATIVEAM subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.


American Culture Honors provides an opportunity for majors in American Culture and Latina/o Studies to complete a comprehensive, original independent project under the guidance of a faculty member as the culmination of their undergraduate studies. Honors requirements consist of regular American Culture or Latina/o Studies requirements plus the Honors requirements.

American Culture and Latina/o Studies majors with a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher in the major may apply for the Honors major. Students usually apply in the fall term of their junior year.

Honors requirements spans three terms.

  • In the second term of the junior year, the student must successfully complete AMCULT 398, which involves preparing a thesis prospectus and bibliography and identifying a supervising faculty advisor and a second reader.
  • In both terms of the senior year, the student will enroll in AMCULT 493 (3 credits per term) to research and write the thesis.
  • participation in three Friday colloquia. Colloquia will focus on peer response to work in progress, as well as on topics of particular usefulness to a given cohort of students. The series will be facilitated by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and is intended to provide seniors with ongoing mentoring.

The primary advisor and the second reader determine the designation of Honors (Honors, High Honors, Highest Honors).