To earn a Master of Arts in American Culture Studies (AMCS) degree, students must complete 30 units of graduate study. Most courses are three units of credit. A maximum of six units of related, comparable graduate-level course work may be transferred from another university or from a related graduate program at Washington University with the approval of the program director. These must be graduate-level units not used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements. Transfer credit may be granted only for authorized courses for which the student received a grade of B or higher. The minimum Grade Point Average in ACS Courses is a 3.0 (or B).
Required Courses and Distribution Requirements
- Humanities – two courses from literature, history, religion or philosophy;
- Social Sciences – two courses from anthropology, education, economics or political science;
- Arts – two courses from music, art history or theater/film;
- Nine additional credits from course work on American culture.
At least five courses must be core seminars based in American Culture Studies. Home-based courses in American Culture Studies generally cover material from a range of disciplinary fields and areas. The category of a particular course is determined by the discipline that is most heavily weighted in the class and/or by the nature of the core questions around which the course revolves. The distribution of each home-based course will be noted in its description.
*It is strongly recommended that students take Introduction to American Culture Studies, U89 445. This course will be counted as an elective.