- The Learning Environment
The Learning Environment
American Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study within the Department of Africana and American Studies that offers a wide range of courses that focus on the research, analytical, and communications skills necessary for success. A degree in American Studies can help prepare you for rewarding career paths in academia, social activism, non-profit work, media, law, government, museum management, librarianship, and teaching.
American Studies offers the opportunity to develop a transnational understanding of the cultures of the Americas. Reclaiming the voices, histories, and cultures of marginalized peoples has been a central mission of American Studies since the 1960s. Our research strengths include American Indian / indigenous studies, especially Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) history, art, and culture; the Black Atlantic and the African diaspora in the Americas; Asia and the Asian diaspora in the Americas; Chicana/o, Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American studies; ecological history and restoration; Canadian studies, including First Nations cultures; oral history, documentary studies, and new technologies for accessing and documenting history; feminist and queer studies; critical race theory; working-class history, immigrant cultures, urban studies; public policy; and popular culture.
A major or minor in A.S. helps prepare students for careers or graduate studies in academia, social activism, non-profits and NGOs, media, law, government, museum management, librarianship, and teaching.
About Our Facilities
The Department of Africana and American Studies is housed in 1010 Clemens Hall and has two dedicated seminar rooms. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classes and lecture halls that can accommodate the program’s teaching philosophies.
About Our Faculty
The American Studies program has core faculty within the Department of Africana and American Studies and they consist of internationally and nationally renowned scholars who have been awarded prestigious awards for advocacy work, writing various texts and articles, and teaching cross-cultural courses.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit the Department of Africana and American Studies website for additional information about our faculty.