Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA in American Studies. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req) BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II)3
MATH 101 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning)3Quantitative Reasoning (Goal 1.2, BA Quantitative Reasoning)23
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)52nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)5
First Year Seminar (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking)3Goal 2.2 Communication3
AMS 100 (Goal 3 Humanities or Goal 4.1 US Diversity, Major Requirement)3Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3
 17 17
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)34th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language)3-5
Goal 3 Humanities or Goal 4.1 US Diversity3Goal 3 Natural Science3
AMS 110 (Goal 3 Social Science or Goal 4.1 US Diversity, Major Requirement)3Lab Science (BA Lab Science)1-2
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3AMS 332 (Goal 4.2 Global Awareness, Major Requirement)3
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3AMS Emphasis Area Course (Major Requirement)33
 15 13-16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
AMS 360 (Major Requirement)3Goal 5 Social Responsibility and Ethics3
AMS Emphasis Area Course 300+ (Major Requirement)33AMS Emphasis Area Course 300+ (Major Requirement)33
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3AMS Emphasis Area Course 300+ (Major Requirement)33
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
AMS Theory and Method Course (see advisor) (Major Requirement)33AMS 550 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)3
LA&S 490 (Total Hours, recommended)3LA&S 492 (Job Search Strategies, or elective)1
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 13
Total Hours: 120-123
1

The BA requires completion of two courses of collegiate-level writing instruction. Students who test out of Composition will still need to complete ENGL 102 (or equivalent) and one additional Goal 2.1 course. 

2

Visit this website for a list of courses that fulfill the BA Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

3

See the Degree Requirements tab for a list of courses that fulfill this major requirement. 

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal.