American Studies

Overview & Academics

The LIBERAL STUDIES program is ideal for students who wish to explore topics that are not explored by traditional majors. The student may design a multidisciplinary major around an area or choose from one of three pre-approved areas: Communication, American Studies and International Studies.

Career Options

  • Social Services Human Relations Officers
  • Public Relations Personnel
  • Urban Planner/City Manager
  • Non-profit Organizational Director
  • Copywriter
  • Medical Communications Trainer
  • Advertising Account Executive

Major Requirements

Lower level courses:

Choose 12 semester hours from…

  • Art Appreciation
  • Literature of the United States I
  • Literature of the United States II
  • Western Civilization I
  • The United States to 1865
  • American Humanities
  • American Political System or American State and Local Government or Social Problems

Upper level courses:

Choose 18 semester hours from:

  • Studies in American Literature
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Major Author
  • Colonial and Revolutionary America
  • African-American History
  • History of the South
  • The American Civil War
  • United States Since 1945
  • The United States Congress
  • The Federal Courts
  • American Presidency
  • American Political Thought
  • Constitutional Law
  • Religion in United States Culture
  • Sociology of the Workplace or Special Topics

Required seminary

  • Liberal Studies Capstone

Minor Requirements

No minor available

American Studies Faculty

Chad C. Ross, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
Liberal Studies Program Coordinator
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia