Faculty Advising

Undergraduate Advising

Majors and minors should always remember to see a faculty adviser once a semester to plan course work for the upcoming semester. Any full-time faculty member in the department can serve as an adviser. The American Studies department office can tell you any faculty member's office hours. The department office is located in UH-313, or can be reached by phone at (657) 278-2441. Or, you can click on a faculty member's name on the faculty listing page to see their office hours for the current semester.

Graduate Advising

To request published information about the graduate program or to have an application form mailed to you, please send an email message to Professor Pam Steinle, Graduate Adviser: psteinle@fullerton.edu.

See the University's Graduate Studies web site for more general information about graduate studies Opens in new window at Cal State Fullerton and about financial aid.

The CSUF American Studies masters degree consists of 30 units. Slightly more may be required of a student whose undergraduate major was in an unrelated field.

6 units of American Studies graduate core courses (500-level courses)

  • 12 units of elective courses in American Studies (400 or 500-level courses)
  • 6 units of graduate seminars in related fields (500-level courses)
  • 3 units in a methodological skill course (400 or 500-level courses)
  • 3 units for a terminal exercise, which may be either a master's thesis or a comprehensive exam based on mastery of the department's core graduate reading list

The general objective of the American Studies graduate program is to provide advanced training in the interdisciplinary analysis of American culture as a complex whole in the past and present.

Major emphases in Cal State Fullerton's American Studies M.A. Program:

  • Our graduate program is grounded in a thorough understanding of the concept of culture. It emphasizes cultural pluralism, examining the creative tension between unity and diversity in the American experience.
  • It is self-consciously interdisciplinary, requiring graduate students to integrate knowledge from the humanities and social sciences.
  • It emphasizes the process of historical change, compelling students to trace the past sources of contemporary issues.
  • It develops advanced research, writing and analytical skills. Through course work, consultation with faculty, and writing a thesis or comprehensive exam, graduate students become familiar with the theories and methods of American culture studies.