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BA American Studies

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
3 Years
 Start month
July

 Tuition fee

International
46040 USD
National
46040 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Department
Department of American Studies
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
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World University Ranking

About this course

The Program in American Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the society and cultures of the United States. American Studies majors critically examine the changing narratives and practices of American life in a curriculum that emphasizes both historical breadth and theoretical depth. Majors work closely with American Studies faculty, choosing the right combination of courses that will prepare them to write a uniquely interdisciplinary senior thesis.

 

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Eligibility Criteria

The Committee on Admissions selects women of proven academic strength who exhibit intellectual voracity and strong potential for further scholarly growth. In addition to school records, recommendations, writing, and test scores, we carefully consider candidates' talents, abilities, interests, and personal history. While admission is highly selective, it is also holistic; no one criterion or score determines acceptance. We consider each applicant in terms of her personal qualities, her intellectual capacity, and the rigor of the curriculum she has pursued, as well as her potential for achieving at Barnard. We review each applicant in the context of her school, community, and individual story.

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Course Modules

As an American Studies major, you will have the opportunity to take courses in American history, literature and other related disciplines. In addition to the junior colloquium, you will work with your adviser to devise a five-course concentration organized around a topic (for example: immigration, migration and ethnicity) and a historical period (for example: 1800-Present). This five-course cluster will serve as the intellectual foundation of your year-long senior thesis.

Note: Already-declared juniors and seniors have the option of completing the new or old requirements. Current sophomores and newly-declared majors must complete the following requirements. 

For your planning purposes, the American Studies Major Requirement Worksheet can be found here

Requirements for the Major (12 courses - revised Fall 2015)

1. Foundations in American Studies: AMST BC 1001 - "What is American Studies?" Majors are encouraged to complete this course before their sophomore year.

2. Foundations in American History (3 courses): Students must take one historically-focused course on the United States in each of the following time periods: pre-1800, 1800-1900, and 1900-Present. Courses can be drawn from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, Africana Studies, Art History, English, French, History, Music, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish & Latin American Cultures, Theatre, Urban Studies ,and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Each student must approve her concentration courses with her American Studies major advisor.

3. Junior Colloquium: AMST BC 3401, "Cultural Approaches to the Past." This course offers an introduction to theoretical approaches of American Studies, as well as methods and materials used in the interdisciplinary study of American cultures and society. Offered only in the fall. Students studying abroad in the fall of their junior year will be expected to take the colloquium in the fall of their senior year.

4. Specialized Concentration: These five courses, determined in consultation with your American Studies advisor, must cover at least two of the historical periods specified above (see [2]). Students will choose one of the following concentrations:

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    Gender and Sexuality
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Class
  • Food
  • Media and Popular Culture
  • Disability
  • Political Theory and Culture
  • Labor, Production, and Consumption
  • Transnational America
  • Natural and Built Environment
  • Family and Kinship
  • Religion, Spirituality and Belief
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Concentration proposed by petition to the Director

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How to Apply

Submit all supporting materials

 

  • Request that all official high school and college transcripts be sent to Barnard College along with your high school's profile. Your guidance counselor will also need to submit the School Report.
  • Submit official standardized testing. For more information, please view
  • Submit Teacher Evaluation forms. We require letters from two teachers that taught you in core academic subjects (English, foreign language, history [social science], mathematics, or science) in your final two years of secondary school.
  • Your counselor will submit the mid-year report with your first semester senior grades by March 1st via the common application.
  • Submit TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable). In addition to SAT/ACT requirements, TOEFL/IELTS scores are required for students whose primary language is not English and who have not been enrolled in a school where English is the primary medium of instruction for four consecutive years

Optional Supplemental Materials

 

  • Students may choose to complete an on-campus or off-campus interview. For information on how and when to schedule an interview, please visit our admissions interview page. 
  • Students may choose to submit supplementary portfolios (art—including film, photo, drawing, painting, sculpture—music, dance, theatre, or creative writing) for review via Slideroom. 
    Please note: Supplementary material will not be reviewed by Barnard faculty, and unfortunately, during high volume periods, we cannot guarantee it will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. 

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