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American Studies

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American Studies examines the history, culture and society of the United States from a multidisciplinary, multicultural and transnational perspective. The program investigates the people and ideas that have shaped the nation using an eclectic array of tools — from sociology and political science to history, literature, cultural and media studies. AMST courses emphasize issues of identity, social power and social responsibility with a particular focus on the importance of race, class, gender and sexuality in American life.

In addition to a well-rounded liberal arts education, students in the program learn to conduct research, analyze information, speak clearly, write well and share their knowledge in multiple media formats — skills today’s employers say they most desire. American Studies is an ideal foundational degree for graduate study, including a pre-law option for students considering law school.

OSU-Tulsa is downtown Tulsa's public comprehensive research university, offering junior- and senior-level classes with flexible schedules designed for working adults. OSU-Tulsa students are OSU students, which means your degree is an Oklahoma State University degree -- the same degree students in Stillwater receive. Students generally transfer to OSU-Tulsa with an associate's degree or at least 45 credit hours from another institution. The majority of our students take their first two years at Tulsa Community College or another local two- or four-year school, but students have transferred to OSU-Tulsa from colleges and universities across the country.

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Degree Options Available at OSU-Tulsa

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Pre-Law

Degree Requirements

  • 40 hours must be upper-division.
  • A 2.0 overall and 2.5 major GPA are required for graduation with a minimum grade of “C” in each course.
  • At least: 60 hours at a four-year institution; 30 hours completed at OSU; 15 of the final 30 and 50% of the upper-division hours in the major field completed at OSU. Limit of: one-half of major course requirements as transfer work; one-fourth of hours earned by correspondence; eight transfer correspondence hours.

Courses Include

*course availability varies by semester

  • American Popular Culture
  • Arts and American Society
  • Crime, Law and American Culture
  • Film and American Society
  • Introduction to Digital Humanities
  • Native Arts and Culture
  • Tulsa Public Cultures
  • TV and American Society

Evening, hybrid and online courses make it easy for students to pursue a degree while working.

How Much Will it Cost?

OSU is one of the best values in the Big 12 and has lower tuition and fees than many Tulsa-area schools and online-only institutions. Students taking 15 credit hours (full time) will pay approximately $5,237.25 per semester in tuition and fees and an estimated $630 for books and supplies. (Estimates based on 2017-2018 tuition and fee charges. Books and supplies will vary based on classes taken each semester.) OSU-Tulsa offers financial aid, scholarships and tuition waivers, with several dedicated specifically to transfer students.

OSU Tuition and Fees Estimator

Possible options for American Studies majors include:

Contact the OSU-Tulsa Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to learn more.

How Long will it Take?

Use this chart below to see how long it will take you to complete your bachelor’s degree at OSU-Tulsa if you transfer with 60 credit hours from your two-year institution. If you transfer with fewer than 60 credit hours, the number of semesters will increase accordingly.

Credit Hours/Semester Semesters (est.)
6 10
9 7
12 5
15 4

Career Paths

  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Non-profit management
  • Museum work
  • Social & community work
  • Management
  • Research
  • Human Resources
  • Public Relations
  • Government
  • Business

Some of these careers may require extra training or education.

Potential Employers

  • Local, State, Tribal and Federal Government
  • New Media Companies
  • K-12 School Districts
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Marketing Agencies
  • Historical Societies
  • Museums
  • Law Firms
  • Police Departments
  • Libraries
  • Arts and Cultural Organizations
  • Self-employed/Freelance Work
  • Non-profit organizations

Graduate Study

Many American Studies majors continue their education by pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree or graduate certificate. Related graduate programs available at OSU-Tulsa or OSU in Stillwater include:

  • Educational Leadership Studies, master's
  • Business Administration, master's
  • English, master's and doctoral
  • History, master's and doctoral
  • Mass Communications, master's
  • Political Science, master's
  • Public History, master's
  • Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, doctoral
  • School Administration, doctoral

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