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American Studies

Where your intellectual interests converge.

As an American studies concentrator, you take a holistic, interdisciplinary look at American culture, both in the United States and globally, examining race/racism, gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality, religion, and political culture in a historical, intellectual, and social context. In addition to required courses and a capstone paper or project, you can choose from an extensive course list in the humanities and social studies. Science courses related to American studies are also a welcome part of your program. American studies can equip you for graduate work and careers in law, library work, museology, research, teaching, politics, journalism, publishing, and more.



Yesenia Ayala Named Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program cultivates a diverse, multidisciplinary community of emerging leaders from around the world and guides them to collaborate, innovate, and communicate as they prepare to address the complex challenges facing society.
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The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song

Join the religious studies, music, and American studies departments for a viewing and panel discussion of PBS’s new documentary, The Black Church hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Allie Pearce '20

Rediscovered: A Love for Literature and the Spanish Language

Thanks to the convergence of the humanities, social sciences, and STEM within American studies, a student expanded her views of herself and her future

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