Although the American Studies major is only available to students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Business School, students from other faculties are able to complement their studies with units from the United States Studies Centre.
Our units of study are highly ranked by both other academics and students, being praised as “some of the most unique, creative and respected units” available, and our lecturers are award-winning, including a recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching.
Students pursuing combined Arts or Business degrees have the ability to pursue a major in American Studies.
If you are in one of the subject areas below and would like to enrol in our subjects, go to the Sydney Student Portal and login to: My Studies / Units of Study / Apply for Special Permission.
Students enrolled in Science programs have a large amount of flexibility, and can take electives from almost any other faculty, including units in American Studies. For example, within a Bachelor of Science, you can undertake up to eight units in American Studies to complement your studies.
Recommended units for Science:
For some Engineering programs you can have up to 12 credit points (two subjects) free to pursue American Studies. For example, in a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil), you are able to pursue 12 units of ‘general electives’. Depending on the structure of your degree, you can receive special permission to enrol in USSC units to broaden your analytical and constructive reasoning skills.
Recommended units for Engineering:
For some Health Sciences programs, students would be able to undertake up to 48 credit points (eight subjects) in American Studies. For example, in the Bachelor of Health Sciences, students who complete their 60 credit point Health Sciences major and their second major have up to 48 free units to pursue electives from outside of the faculty.
Students enrolled in an undergraduate Bachelor of Medical Science can take up to 24 credit points (four subjects) in elective areas from any other faculty, including American Studies.
Recommended units for Medical Science:
The Education program you are enrolled in will determine the level of flexibility you will have to pursue units of study outside of that area. For example, the Bachelor of Education (Primary) offers 12 credit points (two subjects), while the Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences) and Arts allows the pursuit of up to 102 credit points (17 subjects).
Recommended for Education:
Note: In addition to special permission from your subject area, you will also need to receive permission from the lecturer of the subject.
Students enrolled in any undergraduate program with two or more USSC- or AMST-coded units (excluding AMST2602) for Semester 1 or 2 will receive a free course in Spanish-language instruction at the Centre for Continuing Education. More details