American Studies


Overview & Academics

The LIBERAL STUDIES program is ideal for students who wish to explore topics that are not explored by traditional majors. The student may design a multidisciplinary major around an area or choose from one of three pre-approved areas: Communication, American Studies and International Studies.

American Studies Faculty

Chad C. Ross, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
Liberal Studies Program Coordinator
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
252.985.5269
cross@ncwc.edu

Career Options

  • Social Services Human Relations Officers
  • Public Relations Personnel
  • Urban Planner/City Manager
  • Non-profit Organizational Director
  • Copywriter
  • Medical Communications Trainer
  • Advertising Account Executive

Major Requirements
Lower Level Courses:
Choose 12 semester hours from:
ART 101
ENG 203, 204
HIS 101, 111
HUM 102
POL 112, 211 or SOC 111

Upper level courses:
Choose 18 semester hours from:
ENG 314, 424, 425
HIS 301, 314, 318, 370, 410
POL 300, 301, 302, 400, 410
REL 309
SOC 355, 400, OR 495
Required Seminar LIB 499

Minor Requirements
No minor available

American Studies Undergraduate Plan*

Fall Semester Credits
ENG 111 Writing I 3
EXS 100 Fitness & Wellness 2
BIO 101 Life Science 3
BIO 102 Life Science Lab 1
HIS/POL Social Science Requirement 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15


Spring Semester Credits
ENG 112 Writing II 3
Mathematics Requirement 3
ECO/GEO/JUS Social Science Requirement 3
Lower Level Major Requirement 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15

Fall Semester Credits
ENG Literature Requirement 3
CHM/ERS/PHY Science Requirement 3
CHM/ERS/PHY Science Laboratory Requirement 1
Lower Level Major Requirement 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 13


Spring Semester Credits
Ethics Requirement 3
Lower Level Major Requirement 3
Lower Level Major Requirement 3
Upper Level  Major Requirement 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15

Fall Semester Credits
ART/ENT/MUS Fine Arts Requirement 3
Upper Level Major Requirement 3
Upper Level Major Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15


Spring Semester Credits
REL 101 or 115 Religious Studies Requirement 3
Upper Level Major Requirement 3
Upper Level Major Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15

Fall Semester Credits
PSY/SOC Social Science Requirement 3
LIB 499 Liberal Studies Capstone 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15


Spring Semester Credits
International Studies Requirement 3
Upper Level Major Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15

* The four-year degree plan provided is just a guide and not an actual expectation of courses that students have to take during specific semesters. Each student may have a unique graduation plan based on transfer credit, courses offerings, course load taken, summer course options, intended career/graduate school plans, etc. An advisor will work one-on-one with students to customize a four-year degree plan during a student’s first semester if requested by the student.