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American Studies

Matthew McKenzie, American Studies Program Coordinator (



The American Studies Program explores those seemingly simple, but fundamentally complex, questions of how Americans come to be American.  American Studies requires each student to consider American-ness from different core academic disciplines: History, Literature, Political Science, Economics, and Anthropology.  Through diverse course options, students develop their own personal definition of the American experience.

The common thread in American Studies, much like our country, is a student’s desire for opportunity, and the many ways to take advantage of the opportunity to fulfill our individual goals.” – Evan Mitchell, class of 2015.

Course requirements
American Studies Major plan of study (pdf under the ‘Downloads’ section under ‘Resources’ to the right of the page)
American Studies Minor plan of study  (pdf under the ‘Downloads’ section under ‘Resources’ to the right of the page)
How to double major in American Studies
How to change your major to American Studies
Honors students
Storrs American Studies website

Note: as of July 2015, students may need to finish some coursework on the Storrs campus.