Effective writing is important in any job that requires a college degree, and American Studies’ writing-focused curriculum will prepare you to be an effective communicator.
Critical analysis skills are important for jobs that require independence of thought and the ability to digest, translate and relate different kinds of data with the appropriate tools, and come up with creative and practical solutions to problems.
Research skills are vital to virtually any jobs in this information age. The ability to finding out crucial and reliable information about past practices and polities, events and issues, as well as find out new information or how to generate new, better data, is a crucial skill.
Interdisciplinary thinking and training allows you to think about a problem or issue from different perspectives and in multiple ways, to analyze it using a variety of tools, and to draw from different traditions of thought when formulating a solution.
Established in 1982 to honor Danny Kaleikini’s 15th anniversary at the Kahala Hilton Hotel, this scholarship supports UHM graduate and undergraduate students with a declared Arts and Humanities major.
Established by the Hands of Hope Foundation, this scholarship supports UHM undergraduates with a declared major in American Studies, History, Philosophy, Religion, or Speech
To assist students who are pursuing interdisciplinary studies to foster volunteer activities and research which will contribute to world peace and to the promotion of the mutual understanding and friendship between the people of Hawai‘i and Japan.
Endowed by the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation, this award assists students who are pursuing Japanese American Cultural Studies
Provides recognition for academic excellence for students in American Studies
A mentorship program that connects our new majors to our older majors or to graduate students.
The Careers in American Studies Series features informational panels and workshops to help students explore careers, graduate and professional schools.
The American Studies Undergraduate Leaders Club, which was created by undergraduates for undergraduates who want to build a community of scholars, and to encourage scholars who want to be involved in the community
The American Studies undergraduate major requires the completion of 30 credit hours in the following manner.
Your 24 remaining credits (8 courses) to fulfill AMST major requirements can include up to six credits (two courses) of AMST courses at the 100 or 200 level. Students may also fulfill up to nine credits (3 courses) of the upper-division AMST major requirement with upper-division allied humanities and/or social sciences courses. This allows our majors to craft a concentration in a particular area by using courses outside of the major.
To declare your major, first make an appointment with the Undergraduate Chair to complete required paperwork and to talk about what the major is about. Before you declare your major, the Undergraduate Chair will sit down with you and explain the courses required for the BA degree, and the different options and opportunities open to our majors.
You will need to fill out a Declaration of Major Form, and have it signed by the Undergraduate Chair during this initial meeting.
You will need to submit your signed Declaration of Major Form to the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Office in Queen Lili‘uokalani Center Room 113.
To declare a major in American Studies, you must have and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA.
We partner particularly well with more traditional disciplines, and many of our students choose to double major. A double major will offer you more in-depth training in traditional disciplinary research methods and content partnered with the breadth, flexibility and independence of American Studies.
It is easy to double major within the College of Arts and Sciences, but students who want to double major from other academic colleges need to be aware of the added graduation requirements this might entail.
To double major, you must first consult with the Undergraduate Chair, who will check if you meet the requirements, fill out and sign the Declaration of Major form, and help you craft an academic plan for your new major.
If American Studies is your second major, you will need to fill out a Declaration of Major form to “add” American Studies to your major, then submit your signed Declaration of Major Form in Queen Lili‘uokalani Center Room 113.
Note: There is now no need to write an essay justifying a second major as indicated in the form, but we do recommend setting up a JUMP session in order to make sure your graduation requirements are in order.
The American Studies Honors Program is designed to allow our most talented and motivated students more opportunities for in-depth exploration of the interdisciplinary field. These opportunities include self-designed internships and independent studies with professors in particular specialties, taking graduate courses upon approval from the Undergraduate Chair, working with their professors to craft more extensive projects in their upper-division electives for the major, and producing original research projects.
Students wishing to pursue the Honors Track in American Studies must apply to, and be accepted into, the UHM Honors Program. They must complete all Honors Program requirements. These requirements are different depending on whether a student applies as a first or second year, or as an upper-division Honors Student.
Essentially the Honors Track adds 6 credits and an Honors Thesis to the regular American Studies graduation requirements. The six added credits usually take the form of a Honors Junior seminar (HON 491) and an added Independent Study (HON 496) to extend and deepen the American Studies senior thesis. In preparation for the Honors thesis project, students will need to find an undergraduate advisor and form an advisory committee to consult with over the course of their project.
Lastly, students who take the Honors Track will need to present their research proposals and findings at the Honors Symposia.
To find out more about the Honors Track in American Studies, go to the UHM Honors Program website.
AMST 499 is a course alpha for student-designed directed readings or internship experiences.
In consultation with the Undergraduate Chair and an advisor students may craft an independent reading course in a subject area not currently covered by existing American Studies coursework as a 499 course.
More often, students who are interested in designing a “bridge” experience from university to the real world will use a 499 to create a course around an internship.
This course can count as one of the courses toward the 9 credits requirement of upper division American Studies electives.
To help you plan out your coursework, American Studies has designed a curriculum map that outlines both major and graduation requirements.
This is only a suggested path to graduating with a major in American Studies. All students are different, and the best thing to do is to use it as a guide alongside advising from the Undergraduate Chair.
In the semester BEFORE the expected date of your graduation, you will be required to meet with the Undergraduate Chair to fill out the Goldenrod Form to demonstrate your completion of coursework for the BA in American Studies.
GRAD Sessions are mandatory group workshops for all Arts & Sciences Seniors. A GRAD Session should be attended one to two semesters prior to graduation. Forms and instructions needed for JUMP and GRAD sessions can be found at the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advising website.
For a minor in American Studies, students must complete 15 credit hours of 300- or 400-level American Studies electives with the advice of the undergraduate adviser (no more than 3 credit hours of AMST 499 may be counted).
AMST 383 (Approaches to American Studies, offered in Spring only) is not required, but is recommended as one of the electives.
Make an appointment and meet with the Undergraduate Chair to discuss your decision and to go over the requirements for the minor.
Fill out a Declaration of Minor form, get it signed by the Undergraduate Chair, and submit your signed Declaration of Minor form to the signed Declaration of Major form to the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Office in Queen Lili‘uokalani Center Room 113.
Ideally, in the semester before your graduation, you will make an appointment with the Undergraduate Chair to fill out your Verification of Minor Form. This form needs to be signed by your Major Advisor as well as the American Studies Undergraduate Chair, then submitted to the signed Declaration of Major form to the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Office in Queen Lili‘uokalani Center Room 113.