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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.


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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
Professor Tammy Nyden (center) listens to two students during class

Behind the Scenes of a Specially Designed Course

You probably know from experience that when you have a teacher who’s excited about teaching, the class is energized. Special topics courses give professors that chance to re-energize. Now multiply that energy level by 3.

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