American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that awards BA, MA, and PhD degrees. The program takes a hemispheric approach to the study of the Americas, examining local cultures and regions within their larger contexts of Americas. Building on our traditional strengths in American Indian studies, critical race theory, class analysis, and community engagement, we encourage work on history, politics, visual cultures, literary and oral cultures, practices, religions, kinship systems and economics.
Reclaiming the repressed voices of marginalized peoples in the Americas has been a central mission of our program since the 1960s. The American Studies program coordinates one of the strongest American Indian studies programs in the United States.
We seek students who wish to pursue a program centering on the multidisciplinary study of the Americas. We also welcome international students who seek to understand the cultural, historical, and natural complexity of the United States.