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San Francisco State University
American Studies B.A.

American Studies is a cross-disciplinary program that offers students an opportunity to create an individualized major. The purpose of the major is to study the unity and diversity, the consensus and conflict, the continuity and change that characterize the many cultures and social structures of past and present United States. Each student creates a program, drawing upon courses from throughout the University, designed to accomplish this attempt to understand the United States as a whole. The American Studies major is appropriate for students who wish a strong liberal arts experience that focuses on the United States, for those preparing for teaching careers, as well as those seeking a wide ranging background as preparation for later study of the law, public administration, city planning, library, and museum work, and specialized graduate study.

The Bachelor of Arts in American Studies is divided into two parts: a set of required core courses designed to introduce the themes of American studies described above, and a set of elective courses chosen from at least two disciplines related to a particular topic or theme in American studies. Students entering this major should choose their theme or topic at least by the middle of the junior year in order to take advantage of courses in various departments appropriate to their topic. The program is directed by a coordinator and a council consisting of faculty from participating departments and students currently completing the major. Each student`s program is developed in consultation with the coordinator and advisors, in accordance with the pattern below.

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