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American Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Dayton, OH, United States
Explore historical and contemporary American culture — and what makes our society distinctive — through American studies. By studying America's values, conflicts and experiences, you will get to know our country in a whole new way.
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  • As an American studies major, you will have the opportunity to study American culture with an interdisciplinary approach. You will take courses from a variety of disciplines and complete an independent research project in which you address some of your most pressing questions about American culture.
  • In addition to three core courses in American studies, you will take courses from three areas of concentration (English and fine arts; history, philosophy and religious studies; and the social sciences). You will be able to tailor the program based on your interests as you select eight courses in your primary area of concentration (five focusing on U.S. culture and three focusing on other cultures), three courses from your secondary area of concentration and two courses from the remaining concentration.
  • In order to prepare you for work in our global society, you will also complete a language requirement. You may satisfy the requirement by taking a proficiency examination, completing an intermediate-level language course or participating in an approved education abroad experience.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

  • Contemporary Fiction 1
  • Science Fiction
  • Studies in Popular Fiction
  • Short Story 1
  • Studies in Film 1
  • Studies in Literature & Film 1
  • African American Literature
  • Studies in Folklore
  • American Indian Literature
  • Studies in Literature 1
  • Tragic Dilemma 1
  • American Realism & Naturalism
  • 20th Century American Literature
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Research Seminar-Literature 1
  • The Practice of American Music
  • African-American Sacred Music
  • History of American Jazz
  • Development of American Popular Song
  • Music in Film
  • History of the American Musical
  • Twentieth-Century Music 1
  • American Art
  • History of Photography II
  • PostColonial and Global Art Histories
  • Special Problems 1
  • Environmental History of the Americas
  • History of Science, Technology & the Modern Corporation
  • History of American Aviation
  • American Gender & Women's History
  • History of Blacks in the United States Since 1900
  • Topics in History 1
  • Philosophy and Feminist Thought
  • Social Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

International students applying for first-year or transfer admission to the University of Dayton must submit the following documents:

  1. Application, including the essay. International students may complete either the Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarship or the Common Application. There is no application fee.
  2. Letter of recommendation.
  3. Official copy of secondary transcripts (in language of original issue) of all previously attended secondary schools, including dates of attendance, all subjects studied, grades earned and marks achieved on examinations; any transcripts not issued in English should be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  4. TOEFL score (or equivalent).
  5. F-1 and J-1 students must provide a letter of financial support and a bank statement showing sufficient funds to cover the first year of study.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    44100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 44100 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    44100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 44100 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Dayton

  • 880 - 1360 USD/month
    Living Costs

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