American Studies

American Studies is an interdisciplinary field that studies the paradigmatic narratives that shape our received understandings of the American past and present. American Studies considers contexts such as settler colonialism, slavery, labor, capitalism, immigration, and war, all of which have influenced the ideas, history, culture, and society of the United States. Students examine how political, economic, and social differences inform and are reproduced by institutions and in public areas such as the law, education, work, health, and the environment. Students attend to the intersecting dynamics of race, class, religion, region, gender, and sexuality, and consider how these dynamics are mediated by literature, music, the visual arts, and popular culture.

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