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American Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The American Studies major at the University of New Mexico offers undergraduate students unparalleled flexibility in designing a course of study of their own choice, one that draws on a curriculum of remarkable breadth and taught by a faculty of national prominence.

In no other department on campus can a student find such a wide exposure to so many areas in cultural, political and environmental studies.

The large faculty in American Studies offer courses in six major areas:

  • Transnationalism and Globalization
  • Critical Regionalism and Southwest Studies
  • Critical Race and Class Studies
  • Environmental and Social Justice 
  • Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies;
  • Comparative Cultural and Popular Culture Studies.

These areas of emphasis offer undergraduate students intense and rigorous introduction to American studies from a critical and fascinating vantage point.

What can you do with a major in American Studies at The University of New Mexico?

Careers for people majoring in American Studies are as diverse as the students who select the major. A bachelor’s degree in American studies prepares students to ask critical questions and conduct sophisticated research using multiple methods. You will leave UNM armed with the necessary skills in research and writing necessary for success in law school or graduate school. You will acquire the critical writing skills essential for a career in almost any professional or creative field.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Introduction to Environment, Science and 
  • Introduction to Gender Studies 
  • Introduction to American Popular Culture 
  • Introduction to Race, Class and Ethnicity 
  • Introduction to Southwest Studies 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Admission Term - Freshmen may begin in the Summer, Fall or Spring terms after high school graduation
  • Application Form
  • Application Fee - $25 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Standardized Test Scores - ACT or SAT scores should be sent from the testing service. Be sure to designate UNM as one of the schools to which scores should be sent when you take the test. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    928 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 928 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    928 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 928 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    269 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 269 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Albuquerque

  • 870 - 1360 USD/month
    Living Costs

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