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American Studies

As an American studies major, you’ll study in an interdisciplinary program, exploring themes, trends and patterns that characterize the American past and present. You’ll use multiple perspectives and methodologies, learn to synthesize knowledge and develop the critical thinking skills needed for rigorous, complex analysis. You will also have the flexibility to define your own area of concentration, such as visual studies, cultural studies, race and ethnicity, legal and constitutional studies, the American environment, American capitalism or class and social structure.

Sample Courses

  • American Capitalism
  • Popular Culture in the United States, 1950 to the Present
  • Photography and the American Dream
  • U.S. Immigration Narratives

Students went off to

  • Study law at the University of Chicago
  • Teach in the Baltimore City Public Schools system
  • Be vice president and director of marketing at Random House