About the Department

The American Studies Department of the College of Liberal Arts offers an undergraduate major and a minor in American studies and a master of arts degree. The field of American studies invites students to explore the rich diversity of the United States, its peoples and cultures. Students develop the kinds of broad historic and intercultural perspectives from which they can understand their own experiences, as well as those of Americans past and present, by studying literature and history; media, such as music, TV, and film; institutions, such as religion, family, politics and government; and social and scientific thought and belief systems. Our interdisciplinary program prepares students for careers in education, arts and nonprofits, law, government, communication, and business.