Bachelor On Campus

American Studies

Amherst College

48 months
76800 USD/year
76800 USD/year
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The American Studies major from Amherst College encourages students to design an individualized course of study within a major structured to provide them with the methodological, theoretical, and research skills to conduct independent interdisciplinary research.


Key Features

Courses in the American Studies major from Amherst College expose students to a range of primary materials and the analytical tools to engage them critically, as well as key terms and theories crucial to the field of American Studies. This coursework includes exposure to historical analysis, ethnography, archival research, textual analysis, community-based learning, as well as intellectual fields such as cultural studies, critical race theory, cultural geography and empire studies. Students develop their unique concentration of study from courses both within the department and across the college curriculum. A student’s area of concentration allows in-depth analysis of a topic within a comparative framework that promotes innovation of thought and creativity in design.

During the senior year, majors, under the guidance of a departmental faculty advisor, complete a semester-long or year-long project that acts as the culmination of their work in the major.

Our majors go on to graduate work in history, English, art history, museum studies and other fields and are working in law, academe, non-profit, business, and government.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Studies 
  • American Studies: Transnational American Studies
  • Reading, Writing, and Teaching
  • Social Inequalities and Social Change
  • America Before the 20th Century

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.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application OR QuestBridge Application
  • Amherst College Writing Supplement 
  • $65 Application Fee (non-refundable) or Fee Waiver (requested through Common Application, Coalition Application or Amherst's Quick Pass).
  • School Report
  • Secondary School Transcript
  • Counselor Recommendation (College Counselor / Guidance Counselor)
  • Two Teacher Recommendations (English, Math, Science, Social Studies or Foreign Language)
  • Optional Standardized Test Results for the SAT or ACT (either self-reported or official scores).
  • Early Decision Agreement (for ED applicants)
  • First marking period grades from senior year (for ED applicants)
  • Mid-Year School Report Form (as soon as first trimester/first semester grades are available)
  • Mid-Year Transcript (as soon as first trimester/first semester grades are available)

Tuition Fee

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    76800 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 76800 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    76800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 76800 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Amherst Center

1228 - 2543 USD /month
Living costs

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