Length of Program: 90 Credits Completion Award: A.A. Degree
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The 90 credit Associate in Arts degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for baccalaureate majors in American Studies, as well as other majors and graduate programs in History, Humanities, Social Science, Law, Business and Education.
American Studies — What is it?
American Studies is an interdisciplinary study of the United States, examining artistic, social, political, economic, and historical events to understand diverse aspects of American society and experience.
Contemporary issues in American Studies:
American Social, Political, Intellectual, Cultural, Environmental, Ethnic, Economic, and Religious History; American Literature, Music, and the Arts; Gender/Women’s History and Literature; Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Ability; Colonization and Slavery; Immigration and Globalization; Media and Popular Culture; and, Multiracial/Multiethnic Issues.
Career Opportunities —What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies?
Students who major in American Studies develop a broad range of skills that transfer into multiple careers to include:
teaching, public service, international diplomacy, law, business, the arts, curatorial and archival management, social
services, journalism, editing and publishing.
Potential employers include:
National Archives and Records, Library of Congress, Foreign and Intelligence Services; Museums, Government Agencies, Law Firms, Public Advocacy Groups, Non-Profit Organizations, Historical Societies, Libraries, College and Universities, Business and Industry, Newspapers, Radio and TV Stations, Publishing Companies. For more, please visit Career Counseling.
Demonstrate the ability to locate, analyze, interpret, and explain a variety of primary and secondary sources in American culture and history, including written, oral, visual, multimedia, and interdisciplinary sources, using appropriate American Studies methodologies and frameworks.
Demonstrate the ability to analyze and critically interpret developments in American culture and history from colonial times to the present, and to place these developments in a global context.
Demonstrate knowledge of the historical and cultural origins of contemporary issues in American history and culture.
Demonstrate knowledge of cultural and historical pluralism, and the history and culture of diverse American peoples, experiences, traditions, and values.
Demonstrate the ability to communicate cultural and historical interpretations clearly and logically in written and oral forms using American Studies methodologies and frameworks.
Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?
An Associate Degree from Shoreline makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. Please visit our transfer agreements page for a list of those options. For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the AA-DTA. For international students, Shoreline also has conditional admission agreements that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.