BA American Studies

What is America? How has it been constructed? How has it been challenged? And how has diversity shaped the American conversation? If these questions captivate you, join us in thorough and thoughtful discussions that incorporate multiple fields, careers, and disciplines that engage research in American Studies.

Program Description

Students in American Studies gain expertise from working in a community of scholars dedicated to addressing critical explorations of race, power, empire, settler colonialism, sexuality, immigration, disability, and justice. Given our geographical location, ASU’s American Studies values an exploration of diasporic and transnational influences in U.S. cultures and social/political history. The BA program in American studies consists of interdisciplinary inquiries into the diverse cultures, global impact, social systems, gendered experiences, socioeconomic realities and political thought of the United States.

The program trains students in: the history and trajectory of the field of American studies; explorations of racial literacy, gender, sexuality and socioeconomic experiences grounded in historical contexts that help to understand contemporary U.S. populations; critical methodologies, including how alternative voices are key in research, politics and policy, and social justice work; applied research methods, particularly those that involve community involvement and engagement; and the use of storytelling and narratives to represent diverse communities and facilitate broader understanding across groups.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

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Career Outlook

This degree program prepares students for careers in policy, education and teaching, urban planning, sustainability, socio-political movements, environmental impacts, advocacy, nonprofit organizations, government, journalism, law and justice, public safety and health. This degree program is also well-suited to be paired with other professional degrees that prepare students for these careers.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Community Specialist

  • Growth: 11.7%
  • Median Salary*: $46,770
  Bright Outlook

Cultural Studies Professor

  • Growth: 4.9%
  • Median Salary*: $78,840
  Bright Outlook

English Professor

  • Growth: 2.1%
  • Median Salary*: $69,000


  • Growth: 2.6%
  • Median Salary*: $63,100

History Professor

  • Growth: 3.6%
  • Median Salary*: $76,890

Library Media Specialist

  • Growth: 5.0%
  • Median Salary*: $60,820
  Bright Outlook

Market Research Analyst

  • Growth: 17.7%
  • Median Salary*: $65,810
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Middle School Teacher

  • Growth: 3.6%
  • Median Salary*: $60,810

News Reporter

  • Growth: -11.2%
  • Median Salary*: $49,300


  • Growth: 6.2%
  • Median Salary*: $33,200
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* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

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