American Studies provides training in interdisciplinary thinking, analytical writing, and comparative cultural studies. We stress the diversity of United States cultures. This comparative approach to a variety of populations, histories, and traditions within the nation complements our emphasis on the international dimensions of American life.
In our classes, you are encouraged to understand local and national phenomena as embedded in larger social and economic systems. In this way, you explore how American cultural forms and practices have been and continue to be shaped by the movement of people, ideas, commodities, and resources across national borders.