About this Program

American Studies offers a unique opportunity to explore the cultures and societies of America from a perspective that is inherently interdisciplinary. This program provides a structured platform to encourage students to cross traditional academic boundaries and to integrate the arts, humanities, and social sciences. It is an effective program complement for those majoring in the related fields of art, music, dance and theatre; communication, English, and foreign languages; history, geography, and political science; philosophy; sociology, and criminal justice; as well as interdisciplinary majors in women's studies, African American and African studies, and international studies. The minor is also effective for international students, who may wish either to better understand American culture or to acquire an expertise useful in their home countries.

Program Highlights

  • Interdisciplinary program, allowing students to build their minor while learning how the idea of America is conceptualized across various forms and disciplines

  • Makes use of multi-media, extratextual formats, working from an understanding that we project some sense of our selves and our idea of nationhood into everything we produce

  • Students will acquire a deep and unique perspective on American history and culture that cannot be obtained anywhere else

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What are the requirements to apply for American Studies at ODU?
Students entering the Minor program in American Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.


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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

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