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Upcoming Events

  • Monday, September 25, 2017
    A Reading by Quincy Troupe
    The American Book Award–winning poet, journalist, and Miles Davis biographer reads from his work
    Time: 2:30 pm, Location: Campus Center, Weis Cinema
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    Shooting the Enemy
    Harry Allen, Hip-Hop Activist & Media Assassin
    Time: 4:30 pm, Location: Olin, Room 102
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017
    Harlem and the Roots of Gentrification, 1965-2003
    Brian Goldstein, Swarthmore College
    Time: 4:40 pm, Location: Olin, Room 102

Welcome to the American Studies Program

Our Mission

The American Studies Program offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of culture and society in the United States. Students take courses in a wide range of fields with the aim of learning how to study this complex subject in a sensitive and responsible way. In the introductory courses, students develop the ability to analyze a broad spectrum of materials, including novels, autobiographies, newspapers, photographs, films, songs, and websites. In the junior seminar and Senior Project, students identify and integrate relevant methodologies from at least two disciplines, creating modes of analysis appropriate to their topics. By graduation, students should have developed a base of knowledge about the past and present conditions of the American experience both at home and abroad.