American Studies
Offered by the History department.

Students who choose to pursue this course of study will find that it offers new answers and ways of thinking about complex questions related to American society, cultures, and experiences. Students will engage with a wide variety of texts covering such topics related to gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity as part of the ever evolving American experience – seeking to understand them critically and historically. Pursuing American Studies as a major means understanding the American experience through many interdisciplinary lenses — art, literature, history, culture, politics, and social movements — in order to grasp the full complexity of American culture and society.

As an interdepartmental major, American Studies has students taking courses from History, English, Religion, Art and Art History, Philosophy, and other related fields in order to gain the full breadth of knowledge available to them.



John Bezis-Selfa

Associate Professor of History; Chair of the History Department

Alexander Bloom

Professor of History

Dolita Cathcart

Associate Professor of History

Shawn Christian

Associate Professor

Samuel Coale

Professor of English

Kathryn Tomasek

Professor of History


Amy Glover

2021, American History, Secondary Education

Davis International Fellowship

Kenyan Scholar-Athlete Project, Thika, Kenya

I learned that I have a passion for international education.


100% of American Studies majors from the past five years have found employment or achieved a service opportunity within six months of graduation *

of American Studies majors

Recent Graduates

Sample First Jobs

  • Academic Advisor, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Staff Reporter, Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Sample Graduate Schools

  • University of California-Riverside
  • University of Sussex

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 100% for the classes of 2014-2018