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.

Important Dates:

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.

November 1
Submit a Distinction Application with appropriate signatures to the Director of American Studies.

April 1
Submit your Distinction project to the Director of American Studies.

May 1
The reading committee will notify Distinction applicants of its decision by formal letter.

Application for Distinction



Faculty Adviser:_______________________________________

Project Title:____________________________________________

Brief Description of Project: