Montana State University

Undergraduate Program Focus Areas

An Interdisciplinary Program with Three Focus Areas

Combining the study of history, literature, and the arts, American Studies seeks to bring together various disciplines and modes of inquiry. Students explore the experience and values of the people of the United States as embodied in their history, literature, politics, arts, and other forms of cultural expression.

American Arts

Students explore the creative role of music, film, and popular culture in shaping American values, desires, tastes, and behavior. They are invited to examine the ways in which the visual arts have shaped, and are a product of, the social, economic, and political developments that have defined the American experience.

  • Introduction to American Studies
  • American Popular Music
  • The Arts in America
  • Introduction to Literary Study
  • Introduction to Native American Studies
  • The Government of the United States
  • Seminar in American Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • CORE 2.0

American History

Students acquire a broad understanding of the interplay of culture, society, and political change in America's past, present, and future. This focus area also explores how present day problems are contingent on past actions and belief systems.

  • Introduction to American Studies
  • The History of the United States
  • Introduction to Literary Study
  • Introduction to Native American Studies
  • The Government of the United States
  • Seminar in American Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • CORE 2.0

American Literature

Students will read poetry and prose, fictional and dramatic works of representative American writers. They will acquire an understanding of critical approaches to the study of literature, and of the relationship between culture and literary studies.

  • Introduction to American Studies
  • Introduction to Literary Study
  • American Literature I and II
  • Introduction to Native American Studies
  • The Government of the United States
  • Seminar in American Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • CORE 2.0