Department of American Studies

Every national culture has characteristic patterns of diversity and homogeneity, stability and change, continuity and conflict. American studies is the organized pursuit of knowledge about the national culture of the United States to gain a comprehensive understanding of the American people — their ideals and values as well as their patterns of behavior. American studies is broadly interdisciplinary and based upon insights and methodologies of such liberal arts as literature, history, the arts, anthropology, geography and religious studies. Receptive to new perspectives and methods of inquiry that challenge older explanations, American studies is inclusive and synthetic. American studies students acquire knowledge of American institutional structures, collective and group behavior, creative expression, demographic composition, regional identity, and characteristic attitudes and values.

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Programs

The department of American studies offers a bachelor of arts (BA) degree and a minor in American studies. American studies is the organized, interdisciplinary pursuit of knowledge about the national culture of the United States. Students can gain a comprehensive understanding of the American people's ideals, values, patterns of behavior and how these change over time.

Faculty

Chair
  • Adrian, Lynne
Associate professors
  • Hubbs, Jolene
  • Innis-Jimenez, Michael
  • Megraw, Richard B.
  • Melton, Jeffrey
  • Morgan, Stacy
  • Spears, Ellen
  • Tang, Edward
  • Weisbard, Eric
Assistant professors
  • Green, Hillary
  • Jones, Jennifer D.
  • Odle, L. Mairin

Courses

AMS
100
Hours
1
Special Topics

Selected American topics for lower-division undergraduate students offered by American studies faculty members or supervised teaching assistants. Some examples include the following five-week, one-hour courses: African-American Star Athletes, Superbowl Ads, Stand Up Comedy, Disney's America, and Why Eat Local?.

AMS
101
Hours
1
Special Topics

Selected American topics for lower-division undergraduates offered by American Studies faculty members or supervised teaching assistants.

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