FAQs about American Studies

Q: How do I graduate from Rowan with a major in American Studies?
A: Please do the following:

  • Declare your major as American Studies by filling out a short form at University Advising Center in Savitz Hall, third floor.
  • Read all the messages that come to your Rowan email account from your academic advisor, professors, and the university.
  • Follow the American Studies program guide.
  • Earn a minimum of 120 college credits (this includes transfer credits).
  • Meet with an American Studies advisor each year.

Q: I took a course titled Art History 1 ( or Art History 2 ). Do they count for History of American Art?
A: No

Q: I know that I have to take at least 6 upper level courses. How can I tell if a course is upper level?
A: Look at the course catalog or course schedule printed each semester. Every course has a 9 digit hegis number. The first 4 digits indicate the department, the next 3 digits indicate the level, and the last 2 digits indicate the section. 100 and 200 level courses are lower level, and 300 and 400 courses are upper level.

Q: When should I take the Senior Seminar in American Studies?
A: When you are a senior, after you’ve completed most of your coursework.  AMST 13.301 Interdisciplinary Research and Writing is a prerequisite.

Q: Can I take courses for my major at another school?
A: You may do so ONLY if the courses are equivalent - in other words, they have to be courses of the same difficulty. If, for example, you find a course with the same name at a community college but it is a 100 level course, it CANNOT serve as a course in the major. To find detailed transfer credit information, please visit the registrar’s website. 

Q: How do I arrange to take a course at another school?
A: Obtain the form for taking a course at another school at the Registrar's office (Savitz Hall) or in the American Studies office and fill it out with all the information. Bring it to the American Studies office and an Advisor will determine where the course(s) will fit in your program - if at all - and sign it.

Q: Is there a particular order in which I need to complete American Studies requirements?
A: In general, you are most likely to achieve success in American Studies by completing the lower-level courses before attempting the upper division (300 & 400 level) courses. Also, a few of the lower level courses are prerequisites for the upper division courses. Within the major there are a couple of pre-requisites, Introduction to American Studies and Interdisciplinary Research and Writing must be completed before you take the Senior Seminar in American Studies or an upper-level History course.

Q: Does Cultural Geography count as Geography of US and Canada?
A: No

Q: Do I need to take Intro to American Studies before I take other courses for the major?
A: Not for most courses, although it is recommended. It is a Rowan Core course that can be taken your first semester at Rowan.  It is a co-requisite for AMST 13.301 Interdisciplinary Research and Writing and a pre-requisite AMST 13.402 Senior Seminar in American Studies.