Bachelor of Arts in American Studies 

Explore the major forces and ideas that have shaped the United States over centuries with the Bachelor of Arts in American Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. American Studies focuses on an understanding of the evolving values and politics of U.S. culture through a variety of lenses. Examine the cultural impact of domestic and foreign wars, political movements, popular art, and technological advancements throughout American history. 

Learn to view—with a critical eye—the national myths and everyday realities that affect the lives and experiences of Americans. This 123-credit undergraduate degree program emphasizes reading, writing and analysis as it delves into themes and concepts central to American culture. These themes include  

  • architecture and city planning,
  • class experience,
  • gender paradigms,
  • immigration and the immigrant experience,
  • labor and mobility,
  • media and popular culture,
  • politics and political action,
  • race and ethnicity,
  • social change,
  • technology, and
  • war.

You’ll analyze the patterns and connections of U.S. life inside and outside of the classroom, through established internships, as well as hands-on learning opportunities at various cultural institutions in the Greater Philadelphia region.

American Studies majors often advance to graduate studies in the humanities and social sciences, law school or medical school. They pursue careers in business, library science, education, media, museums, nonprofit organizations and social services.

Minor in American Studies

The American Studies minor is particularly useful for students majoring in journalism, business, education and other fields served by creative thinking. To satisfy the requirements of the minor, students take six courses in American Studies. Learn more about the American Studies minor.

Classes & Curriculum

The American Studies Major can be completed over four years of full-time studies. Courses offered in this program include the following.

  • American Military Culture
  • American Place: Home, City, Region
  • First Person America
  • Literature and Political Change
  • The American Woman: Visions and Revisions
  • The Arts in America
  • The Making of American Society: Melting Pot or Culture War?
  • Technology and American Culture

Students in their final year must satisfy a capstone requirement with the Senior Seminar in American Studies course. Learn more about American Studies Major courses.

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Certificate Programs

The College of Liberal Arts has 22 undergraduate certificate programs for you to expand your knowledge and diversify your Temple education. Certificates can complement bachelor's programs, allowing you to specialize in an area and highlight your exposure to disciplines outside of your major.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $17,976.00 per year
Out-of-state: $32,376.00 per year