The minor is a part of Cross Disciplinary Programs.
The minor in American studies is based on the desirability of fostering an understanding of the whole of American civilization through study in a variety of fields and topics. Students will select courses in three groups — multicultural studies, ideas and the arts, and history and politics — and from diverse fields including literature, history, the fine arts, philosophy and the social sciences. The American studies program is a flexible one that students can relate to their own individual interests and needs while exploring the interrelationships among diverse aspects of American culture and its changing ideas and values.
The minor program in American studies is open to all undergraduate students at JMU. The requirement is the successful completion of 24 hours.