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American Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #901 (ARWU) North Adams, MA, United States
The American Studies program at Williams College uses interdisciplinary approaches to develop students’ understanding of the complexity of the culture(s) usually labeled “American.” Examining history, literature, visual media, performance, and other forms of expression, we explore the processes of cultural definition as contested by diverse individuals and groups. 
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The American Studies program at Williams College encourages you to consider pursuing concentrations in Africana Studies, Environmental Studies, Latina/o Studies, Performance Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Many of the courses counted for those concentrations may also earn credit toward the American Studies major.

Candidates for honors in American Studies will undertake a substantial, year-long independent project during their senior year. Applicants should have a consistent record of high achievement in courses taken for the major, and normally will have done work in the field of study of their proposed thesis. Students who wish to write or produce an honors project should consult with both the chair and prospective faculty adviser in the fall or winter of their junior year. 

Students who wish to pursue honors must submit a brief proposal describing their project to the Chair of the American Studies Program by the time of spring registration of their junior year.  Final admission to the honors thesis program will depend on the AMST advisory committee’s assessment of the qualifications to the student and the merits and feasibility of the project (including the availability of relevant faculty advisers). 


All majors will be assigned a faculty adviser. Majors must meet with their adviser during the first week of classes during the fall semester and at the time of the spring semester registration period in order to have their courses and plans for the American Studies major approved. Both majors and non-majors are encouraged to talk at any time with the program chair or other affiliated faculty about the major.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Introduction to American Studies
  • Artists Respond to Dangerous Times
  • American Girlhoods
  • Coming of Age in the City: Growing up and Growing Older in Communities of Color
  • Contemporary Africana Social and Political Philosophy
  • Thirteen Ways of Looking at Jazz

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants ONLY)
  • SAT or ACT
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for North Adams

  • 876 - 1820 USD/month
    Living Costs

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