Distinction is an award intended to highlight exceptional work in the American Studies major. All senior majors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the major courses are eligible to apply for distinction. For more information, please read the College Statement on Distinction.
Projects submitted for distinction:
Expand on coursework that is already completed and returned.
Take the form of a single substantial paper, (approx. 25 pages); or a creative project (poetry, visual art, performance). Typically, creative projects must be accompanied by written interpretations that locate the work in the discipline of American Studies.
A two-person reading committee, neither of whom is the distinction adviser, reviews each project. In cases of disagreement, the committee consults a third reader. Distinction candidates may name one original committee member. The committee will recommend a course of action to the Director of American Studies who will make a final decision on Distinction by May 1.
Early in the fall term you will discuss your project with the Director of American Studies, Mark Allister, (ext. 3492, RML 506) and identify a potential adviser—a faculty member who agrees to meet with you periodically to advise you on your work. Because you will want to expand and refine your project to achieve a distinctive level of scholarship and critical thinking, plan to meet with your adviser early in the process. Faculty from any academic department are eligible to advise projects.
Submit a Distinction Application with appropriate signatures to the Director of American Studies.
Submit your Distinction project to the Director of American Studies.
The reading committee will notify Distinction applicants of its decision by formal letter.
Application for Distinction
Brief Description of Project: