The Program in American Studies is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major that seeks to convey a broad understanding of American culture and society in all their complexity. Building on a foundation of courses in history and institutions, literature and the arts, and race and ethnicity, students bring a range of disciplines to bear on their efforts to analyze and interpret America's past and present, forging fresh and creative syntheses along the way.
The core requirements illustrate how different disciplines approach the study and interpretation of American life and include three courses in each of two main areas: History & Institutions; and Literature, Art, and Culture. The required gateway seminar, "Perspectives on American Identity," explores the tensions between commonality and difference from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
Beyond the core requirements of the major, American Studies expects students to define and pursue their own interests in interpreting important dimensions of American life. Accordingly, each student designs a thematic concentration of at least five courses drawn from fields such as history, literature, art, communication, theater, political science, African American studies, feminist studies, economics, cultural and social anthropology, religious studies, Chicana/o studies, law, sociology, education, Native American studies, music, and film. At least one of the five courses in a student's thematic concentration should be a small group seminar or a colloquium. With program approval, students may conclude the major with a capstone honors research project during their senior year.
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Consider questions and issues in feminism, gender, and sexuality through the intersection of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and asexuality to consider interlocking oppression.
African and African American Studies
Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
CSRE allows you to have a thematic concentration that compares various ethnic groups or explores topics that cut across group experiences in the United States and elsewhere in the world.
Modern Thought and Literature
Students who have a background in literature and/or cultural studies can apply for this individualized co-term.