The American Studies major offers enormous flexibility for interdisciplinary exploration. The six elective courses in the major can be chosen, in close consultation with an advisor, not only from courses offered by the department, but also from courses with relevant content offered across the curriculum of the college, the Five Colleges, or indeed during study away from Amherst. Students can use courses taken away from Amherst to fulfill pre-1900 and community engaged learning requirements, and to form part of a student’s area of concentration.
Taking courses with Americanist content taught outside the United States often provides a riveting new perspective and can be a transformative experience for majors. Comparative courses taken off campus with the United States as one significant place of comparison can also prove fruitful parts of an American Studies major.