Engage in all aspects of the “American Experience”
The American Studies minor offers students the opportunity to engage in the intellectual, cultural, political, literary, and historical aspects of the United States from an inter- and multi-disciplinary perspective.
The program engages students in critical and constructive discourse and experiences in the cultures, values, institutions, government processes, historical accounts and narratives, and literary expressions of what it is to be “American.” This includes as a center-point the diverse views, experiences, histories, theories, and cultures of diverse peoples of the past and present.
About the Minor
The American Studies minor provides a broad-based education in American thought and culture from a variety of disciplines such as American history, Africana studies, political science, philosophy, humanities, religious studies, literature, and sociology, among others.
The minor emphasizes critical analysis and evaluation of the American experience by providing the groundwork for critical and constructive understanding of the development of and lived experience in American culture and society. Students can tailor the program, making it adaptable to the needs, abilities, preferences, and career and professional goals of the student.
Students must declare the minor through the myUCF Student Center in order to be awarded the minor upon graduation.UCF Catalog: American Studies Minor
Careers & Graduate Work
The American Studies minor can help students to prepare for diverse graduate work and careers including philosophy, humanities, political science, history, sociology, anthropology, law, social work, public relations, education, journalism, broadcasting, and government.
- American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
- American Historical Association
- American Memory at the Library of Congress
- American Philosophical Association
- American Studies Association
- American Studies Cultural Maps from the University of Virginia
- Cultural Studies Association
- Digital Atlas of American Religion, from Indiana University-Purdue University
- Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association
- Smithsonian Institution, Resources site
Affiliated UCF Departments
Department of Anthropology, Department of Criminal Justice, Department of English, Department of History, Department of Philosophy, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, School of Performing Arts, School of Visual Arts & Design