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American Studies

As an American studies concentrator, you take a holistic, interdisciplinary look at American culture, examining race, gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality, religion, and political culture in a historical, intellectual, and social context. In addition to required courses and a mentored advanced project, you can choose from an extensive course list in the humanities and social studies. American Studies can equip you for graduate work and careers in law, library work, museology, research, teaching, politics, journalism, publishing, and more. 

News

Randye Jones, Burling Library

Book Talk on "So You Want to Sing Spirituals" by Randye Jones, Burling Library

4:15-5:15 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Burling First Floor Lounge

Author of "American Sutra" to Discuss Book

When the FBI began mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, Buddhist priests were among the first to be incarcerated. "American Sutra" tells the story of Japanese American Buddhists (the largest group of Buddhists in the United States at that time) in the context of anti-Japanese sentiment during World War II and draws parallels to contemporary challenges to religious freedom facing Americans today.
Allie Pearce ’20

Sharpening Your Critical Thinking Skills

How American Studies can change your perspective and enhance your flexibility

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