Honors in American Studies

Students majoring in American studies may graduate with honors in the major. They must maintain a University of Iowa g.p.a. of at least 3.33 and a g.p.a. of at least 3.33 in the major. Students write an honors paper under the guidance of an undergraduate advisor from the department. In special circumstances, the grade-point average requirement may be waived with permission of the honors advisor and the departmental director of undergraduate studies.

The honors project is an extended research paper (25-35 pages) usually undertaken in the student’s final semester. Research is done under the supervision of a faculty member who specializes in the field and who has agreed to supervise the student. Students should identify a potential research project the semester before and discuss it with their potential advisor. Students should enroll in AMST:4999 Honors Project for 3 s.h. The credit counts toward the 33 s.h. of work required for the American studies major.

Results of the research project are presented in a senior essay to a committee of three faculty members, including the supervising faculty member and two other faculty members of a student’s choice. An oral defense of the final project will be held, usually in the 12th week of the semester.

Students who pursue honors projects in two departments may not submit the same project for both unless special permission is obtained from each department. They may want to form a collaborative committee between the departments. Such an option would require more substance and depth than projects undertaken in one department. Students should check with honors advisors from both departments before they pursue such projects.

In addition to honors in the major, students may pursue honors study through the University of Iowa Honors Program. University honors students must maintain a 3.33 g.p.a., complete 12 s.h. of course work designated as honors courses, and complete 12 s.h. of an experiential learning project. Visit Honors at Iowa for more details.

Membership in the UI Honors Program is not required to earn honors in the American studies major.

For more information, contact the American Studies Honors Advisor:

Professor Travis Vogan
E342 Adler Journalism Building
Iowa City, IA 52242