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American Studies

Degree Type:
Undergraduate/Post-Bacc Certificate
Mode of Study:
On Campus

With the American Studies program at Methodist University, you’ll be able to dive into, understand, and think critically about the top historical moments in American history and how it impacts our lives today.

Common Career Paths

Some of the top jobs for those with American Studies bachelor degrees include journalist, historian, history teacher, researcher, curator, writer, and so much more.

Common Salary Ranges for Graduates

As mentioned above, there’s a long list of career opportunities for those with American Studies degrees. But, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average annual salary for the following positions (which may require additional education) in North Carolina in 2021:

  • Historian: $73,790
  • History teacher (postsecondary): $79,490
  • Journalist: $53,580
  • Curator: $54,070

Average Tuition Cost

Tuition varies, depending on the type of graduate program in which a student is enrolled. On average, MU students receive more than $31,000 in aid to pay for tuition.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Methodist University offers more than $24 million annually to students in scholarships. 97% of students receive some form of financial aid. If a student or a family member is in the military or a veteran, they may qualify for MU’s military education benefits.

Interested in Methodist University’s American Studies certificate?

If you have questions, reach out to Dr. Patrick O'Neil using the contact info at the bottom of the page. If you’re ready to apply today, visit the link below!

Frequently Asked Questions

With the American Studies program at Methodist University, you’ll be able to dive into, understand, and think critically about the top historical moments in American history and how it impacts our lives today.

Some of the top jobs for those with American Studies bachelor degrees include journalist, historian, history teacher, researcher, curator, writer, and so much more.

Certificate Requirements (12 credits)

Required Course:

HIS 2010 or 2020 U.S. History I or II (3 credits)

Select 9 credits among:

  • HIS 2040 U.S. Women’s History (3 credits)
  • HIS 2200 WWII (3 credits)
  • HIS 2300 The Vietnam War (3 credits)
  • HIS 3550 American Slavery (3 credits)
  • HIS 3600 American Civil War and Reconstruction Era (3 credits)
  • HIS 3610 The Civil Rights Movement (3 credits)
  • HIS 3620 North Carolina History (3 credits)
  • HIS 3800 Topics in U.S. Social and Cultural History (3 credits)
  • HIS 4210 American Military Experience (3 credits)
  • HIS 4220 Post WWII America (3 credits)
  • 132 AGD 2040 History of Graphic Design (3 credits)
  • ARH 3540 19th and 20th Century Art History and Theory (3 credits)
  • ENG 3500 African-American Literature (3 credits)
  • LAW/PSC/JUS 3100 Law and the Legal System (3 credits)
  • MUS 1520 Jazz and Popular Culture (3 credits)
  • PSC 3410 Congress and the Presidency (3 credits)
  • PSC 3470 American Foreign Policy (3 credits)
  • PSC 3450 Political Parties and Interest Groups (3 credits)
  • PSC 3850 The U.S. Constitution (3 credits)
  • THE 3120 Theatrical History and Literature II (3 credits)

Contact

Patrick O’Neil, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History; Co-Director, Women's Studies; Coordinator, Social Studies Education
Patrick O'Neil