2020 Cohort
Most American Studies courses do not have prerequisites. American Studies courses engage multifaceted understandings of indigenous communities; settlement; colonialism; migration; race/racism; and social, economic, cultural, and political change, and welcomes students from across the college who are interested in these topics. 

While American Studies Research Methods (AMST 468) is designed for majors, many non-majors interested in developing independent research projects find it a useful support for their interests and projects.

 Students considering majoring in American Studies should look at the About the Major and Getting Started in the Major pages and are encouraged to speak with the department chair. As many as six courses in the major can be taken outside the department, in other Amherst departments, across the Five Colleges, through study away, and for transfer students, at their prior college or university.

Major Explorations: American Studies

Welcome to American Studies

Did you know that Amherst College is among the longest-standing American Studies departments in the nation? Learn about its interdisciplinary nature, course offerings, and get a taste for the inquiries explored in the classroom.