American Studies Associate in Arts- Liberal Arts American Studies Associate in Arts


American Studies, a concentration within Liberal Arts, is the interdisciplinary study of the United States and all its local, national, and global contexts. Drawing from a variety of content areas and methodologies, American Studies focuses on particular American moments, places, and ideas in order to pursue questions, such as “What is American culture? What does it mean to be American? Who, What, and Where is ‘American’?” and what is at stake when we ask these questions? The degree program is designed to provide students with the rigorous interdisciplinary training necessary to transfer into baccalaureate programs in not only American Studies, but related fields as well, such as English, History, Political Science, Education, Sociology, Anthropology, and others. Students with degrees in American Studies have found jobs in a wide variety of fields such as publishing, education, communications, government, public service, public relations, marketing, management, law, and social welfare to name a few.


Transfer Credit Policy
In addition to Great Bay transfer credit policies, Liberal Arts and Science courses will be considered for transfer regardless of when they were taken as long as they meet minimum grade requirements. See individual department policies for program exceptions on general education requirements. In the case of English and math course transfers, it may be recommended that the student take portions of the Accuplacer Placement Test to demonstrate the skill level required for success in subsequent classes within the program.

Transfer of a course to this institution does not guarantee transfer of that same course to subsequent institutions. SAT testing may be required by some transfer institutions. 


Program Curriculum

Curriculum Recommendations

  • It is recommended that students make Lab Science, Math, Humanities/Foreign Language/Fine Arts, and Social Science Elective choices based upon particular 4-year colleges’ transfer requirements and general education cores.
  • It is recommended to take AMER110G Introduction to American Studies, ENGL110G College Composition I, and FYE101G First Year Seminar in the first semester.

Core Requirements

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
FYE101G First Year Seminar 1 0 1
Classroom 1, Lab 0, Total 1
ENGL110G College Composition I 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
ENGL214G Introduction to Creative Nonfiction 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
CRIT150G Critical Thinking 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Lab Science Elective 8
Classroom , Lab , Total 8
Math Elective 6-8
Classroom , Lab , Total 6-8
Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 6
Classroom , Lab , Total 6
Social Science Elective 9
Classroom , Lab , Total 9
Liberal Arts Electives Elective
Classroom , Lab , Total
Total Credits

*It is recommended that students make elective choices based upon particular 4-year colleges’ transfer requirements and general education cores.

American Studies Concentration

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
AMER110G Introduction to American Studies 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
AMER210G American Studies Seminar 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
ANTH101G Introduction to Anthropology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
ENGL209G American Literature through the Civil War 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
ENGL220G American Literature after the Civil War 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
HIST202G United States History through 1870 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
HIST204G United States History - 1870 to the Present 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
POLS110G American Government 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits

Total Overall Credits : 66

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