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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in American Studies

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First- and Second-Year Preparation

Students planning to major in American studies should take AMS 100 and AMS 110 during their first and second years. Students should take AMS 360 no later than the first semester of the third year. As soon as a student decides that American studies is a possible major, he or she should schedule an appointment with the undergraduate director to declare the major and consider concentration options, ideally no later than the second year.

Admission to the Major

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

ENGL 102 (unless the student has received a waiver or, for transfer students, an equivalent course), AMS 100, and AMS 110 are required.

Grade-Point Average Requirements

Minimum Admission Grade-Point Average. Students must earn a 2.75 grade-point average in admission course requirements.

Admission Grade-Point Average Calculation. The admission grade-point average includes all admission courses above. KU’s course repeat policy applies to grade-point average calculation.

Application Term

Application to the major should occur in the term in which admission requirements will be completed. If the student does not meet established admission grade-point average criteria or neglects to apply for admission in this term, he or she must petition the department for permission for late application. The department, as part of an approved petition, determines late admission requirements (including grade-point average and course requirements) and the final deadline for admission.

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