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Welcome to American Studies

American Studies is an interdisciplinary field devoted to the study of all things American. An inquiry into the many varieties of American culture, past and present, the major seeks to provide students with an educated awareness of the ways in which the United States of America has both shaped and been shaped by the lives of its citizens and people around the world.

ElvisThe curriculum embraces a wide range of cultural expressions, including literature, film, music, art, theology, journalism, law, architecture and digital media. Students who enroll may anticipate careers in such diverse fields as law, business, public service, foreign affairs, education, journalism and entertainment. 

Academic Features

Students in American Studies have ample opportunity to do an individually designed research project one-on-one with a faculty member or to pursue a program of specialized readings on topics not covered in regular courses (AMST 97a, b and AMST 98a, b). Many students also pursue off-campus internships under the supervision of a faculty member (AMST 92a, b).

Additionally, the American Studies program stresses the importance of studying America in comparison to other cultures; therefore, many of our students study abroad for a semester or the full year (typically the junior year) in countries such as the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Australia, China, Japan, India or Israel. 

Also available are excellent domestic programs at other universities, such as the internship/study programs in American politics at American University in Washington, D.C.