Bachelor On Campus

American Studies

Williams College

48 months
50450 USD/year
50450 USD/year
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The American Studies program from Williams College, an nine-course major, 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. We ask new questions about aspects of American life long taken for granted; we also use American culture as a laboratory for testing classic and contemporary theories about how cultures work.


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.

American Studies and Other Programs

Students majoring in American Studies program from Williams College are encouraged 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • America: The Nation and Its Discontents
  • American Girlhoods
  • The Feminist Poetry Movement
  • Of Caravans and Narcos: U.S. Media Narratives about Central and South America
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies
  • Reading Asian American Literature
  • Contemporary Africana Social and Political Philosophy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations
  • Mid-Year Report (Due February 5 or for schools on a trimester, when 2nd trimester grades are available)
  • $65 Application Fee or Fee Waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants only)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    50450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 50450 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    50450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 50450 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for North Adams

876 - 1815 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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