A 36-unit honours program can be undertaken wholly within American Studies or jointly with another appropriate department or school such as History, Politics, or English. A joint program is constructed in consultation with the two departments, but usually involves 18 units of study in each of the two disciplines. A joint honours program should be carefully constructed in consultation with both areas.
The American Studies honours program involves both coursework and a thesis. The program of study and topic descriptions are set out on the Honours - American Studies page.
To be eligible for honours a candidate normally must have completed a Bachelor degree with a major sequence in American Studies and achieved a GPA of at least 4.25 in 27 units of a major sequence in American Studies. However, the BA Board may approve other applicants who show evidence of the ability and background in the discipline to undertake honours work.
Students who satisfy the conditions will receive an offer of entry to honours in late December (provided they have indicated their major on the enrolment form) together with a form which should be returned to the BA Office by the end of December. Honours enrolment is held in late January, and is distinct from undergraduate re-enrolment.
Enrollment in any honours program is provisional upon the relevant school/department being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.
Application forms for honours are available from the BA Office.
2012 fourth year (honours)
|AMST70001||American Studies Honours Thesis|
|AMST7010B||Studies in American Social Criticism|
|AMST7011||The State and Social Movements in Modern America|
|AMST7012||The American West|
|AMST7013||Washington Internship Program|
|HIST7053||Guns and Butter: The United States in the Long 1960s|
You should be aware that Studies in American Social Criticism can be taken as an Honours topic in both History and Politics.