The principal criterion for determining whether a course is applicable to an American Studies major is that it gives insight into American thought and culture: the nation's history, social structure, politics, commerce, all that comprises "The American Experience,'' including its reflection in literature, art, and music.
Many regularly offered courses clearly fulfill this requirement and are listed as Interdisciplinary Electives in the following sections. Other courses that a department may occasionally offer will also apply, with approval of the American Studies Program Director.
A minimum of thirty-six units in American Studies is required. To ensure a wide exploration of the American Experience, at least three upper division courses must be taken in the humanities (literature, philosophy, art) and three in the social sciences (history, political science, sociology, economics).