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American Studies, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The American Studies from University of Maryland Baltimore County became an independent major during the campus’ founding years, and its first graduates received their degrees at the institution’s initial commencement in the Spring of 1970. Dr. Joel Jones taught an interdisciplinary seminar on American culture in 1967-68. In 1968, Dr. James Arnquist became the second faculty member appointed to the program, and AMST major was launched. 

When Jones departed in 1969 to take the position of chairperson at the University of New Mexico, Dr. Ed Orser joined Arnquist on the department’s faculty.

Program Overview

The interdisciplinary nature of the program and the connections it afforded between studying America’s past and present quickly made it a very popular major. Its emphasis on student engagement in the learning process and the development of critical thinking and writing skills became trademarks. 

The department’s model has always included a core of interdisciplinary courses which provide an engaging shared experience in cultural study, combined with the selection of special curricular emphasis areas and themes, where students may pursue individual interests though a variety of courses and seminars, independent studies, and internships.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • What is an American?
  • Approaches in American Studies
  • Seminar
  • Senior Seminar
  • Sports in American Culture

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.

General Requirements

  • A completed UMBC Undergraduate Admissions Application
  • A $75 nonrefundable application fee.
  • An official or attested copy of your current high school transcript/academic record including an English translation.
  • Official results of completion of state/national secondary school examinations.
  • A final high school transcript/leaving certificate upon completion of your senior year.
  • All non-native English speakers must submit official test scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24338 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12169 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    24338 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12169 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4352 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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