American Studies

  • Overview
Provides a comprehensive overview of American culture for those planning to pursue careers in education, public service, social service, law, advertising, public relations, journalism, library science, and the ministry. The program’s major emphasis is on American literature, history, and government.

American Studies helps you learn to understand the complexities of American society through multiple lenses of history, politics, sociology, and the arts. Learning about the United States from these different perspectives teaches you essential critical thinking skills. It also teaches you to ask questions about American life that can open possibilities for reshaping our society in positive ways. You’ll come to see how the United States has influenced the course of world history since its inception, and how its relationships with other nations remain dynamic and vital.

Curriculum documents

This is just one way you might complete the American Studies program in 4 semesters over 2 years of full-time study, or 8 semesters over 4 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information, download the American Studies program description from our official academic catalog.

Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses

Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
ENG Comp. I
HIS 105
PCS 101
THE course
ANT 103
ENG Comp. II
HIS 106
PSY 101
ART course
World Language course
ENG 203
POL 101
MAT 117
World Language course
GEO course
ENG 204
BIO course
HIS 127
PHI course
PSY 200 level course
Sample 4 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
ENG Comp. I
ANT course
THE course
PCS 101
HIS 105
ENG Comp. II
PSY 101
HIS 106
ART course
World Language course
Fall 3Spring 3Fall 4Spring 4
ENG 203
POL 101
MAT 117
World Language course
BIO course
ENG 204
GEO course
HIS 127
PHI course
PSY 200 level course

What’s next

Transfer to a Baccalaureate program.

Consider this program if

  • You want a broad as well as deep understanding of American culture.
  • You want to work in education, public service, social service, law, advertising, public relations, journalism, library science, or the ministry.
  • You want to pursue higher academic study in fields related to American history, politics, media, society, literature, arts, or culture.

By taking classes in a Liberal Arts option, students complete courses that help develop 100 and 200 course level knowledge and skills in a particular field. If you don’t satisfy the requirements of a specific Liberal Arts option, you may still be able to fulfill the requirements of another option, or fulfill the requirements of the Liberal Arts General degree. Students are advised to work closely with their GCC advisor to select the specific courses that will help meet their career or transfer goals. Note: Students who complete a Liberal Arts option will graduate with the degree “Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts.” Your area of concentration is reflected only in your transcript, not your diploma.