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Bachelor of Arts in American Studies
Bachelor of Arts in American Studies

Bachelor of Arts in American Studies

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  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirement

The Spring international application deadline is Dec. 12

The Fall international application deadline is Aug. 2

  • had an average GPA of 3.59 and an average combined Evidence Based Reading and Math SAT score of 1239 (ACT equivalent 26)
  • English: 4 Courses
  • Mathematics: 4 courses (Algebra I &II and Geometry or Trigonometry, or comparable coursework) including mathematics during the final year of high school
  • Sciences: 3 courses (drawn from Natural Science and/or Physical Science and/or Technology/Engineering), including 3 courses with laboratory work
  • Social Sciences: 2 Courses (including 1 course in U.S. history)
  • Foreign Language: 2 Courses (in a single language)
  • Electives: 2 Courses (from the above subjects or from the arts & humanities or computer sciences)

English requirement

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper version of the test, 213 on the computer-based version or a 79-80 on the internet-based version. IELTS minimum score: 6.5.
  • Freshman applicants may waive the TOEFL, IELTS exam if their secondary institution provides written verification that the means of instruction is in English, they are enrolled in an IB curriculum, attend an American School or enrolled in a curriculum that leads to Cambridge International Examinations: IGCSE/O-Level and GCE/A level exam.

Course Information

The UMass Lowell American Studies Program offers both a major and a minor. It includes faculty from departments such as English, Cultural Studies, History, Psychology, Sociology and Political Science. 

Graduates of the program have pursued careers in government and social services; others seek certification to teach elementary or high school. Having developed skills in writing and analysis, American Studies majors have become successful executives, public relations representatives, product managers, speech writers, press secretaries, and journalists. American Studies has proven a strong foundation for students continuing their studies in law or in library and information sciences.

American Studies invites students to examine the development of American society and its culture. It also encourages students to explore the relationships among ideas, institutions, values, and aesthetic forms as they have evolved in the United States. Reflecting the pluralistic nature of the American experience, this program provides opportunities for students to explore multiculturalism and diversity in America.

American Studies allows students to combine a number of scholarly disciplines to better comprehend the many facets of American life. By completing courses from a variety of disciplines, students in American Studies not only sharpen their analytical powers and critical insights, but will, in the long term, be well prepared for employment in education, government, social services, business, and other professions.

Students who can analyze American culture by combining the concepts and approaches of a variety of disciplines - the arts, history, literature, political science, psychology, economics, sociology - are capable of making decisions with an understanding of the available alternatives. Many current problems relating to family life, medical ethics, gender and minorities, technology, the environment, international relations, government, and the influence of business, require an interdisciplinary approach. The American Studies major is an avenue by which students can obtain a liberal arts education. At the same time, the American Studies Committee encourages students to elect career-oriented courses as free electives, including management and computer science. Because of its flexibility, the American Studies major is a good choice for students who are unsure about their ultimate career choices, but who seek a foundation in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts.

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  • In education
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