Our courses engage multifaceted histories of indigenous communities; settlement; colonialism; migration; 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.
The Social Construction of American Society
Explore how our daily, social environment in the United States is constructed and shapes our lives, including what effect culture has on our behavior and why there are class, gender, and racial inequalities.
The Sanctuary Movement: Religion, Activism, and Social Contestation
From sanctuary cities and states to sanctuary campuses and churches, study the Sanctuary Movement since the 1980s, with special attention to today’s nationwide New Sanctuary Movement.
Model Minorities: Jewish and Asian Americans
Through interdisciplinary scholarship, fiction, journalism and visual works, examine instances when Jewish Americans and Asian Americans both embraced and rejected the “model minority” stereotype.