Our courses engage multifaceted understandings of indigenous communities; settlement; colonialism; migration; race/racism; and social, economic, cultural and political change. Majors develop the methodological, theoretical, and research skills to conduct independent interdisciplinary research. The American Studies department is also distinct in our commitment to community-based learning.

Franklin Odo (1939-2022)

Three photos of Frank Odo with students

Amherst College mourns the passing of Franklin Odo, the John Woodruff Simpson Lecturer and former John J. McCloy ’16 Visiting Professor of American Institutions and International Diplomacy in the Department of American Studies, on Sept. 28, 2022.

Read more at Professor Odo’s In Memoriam page


Johnson Chapel surrounded by spring blossoming trees

Statements of Solidarity from American Studies

The American Studies Department recognizes the collective and psychic harms of systemic and institutional racism. Please read our policy statement in response to “Black Minds Matter.”