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.
Asian Pacific American Sports: Clever Headers and Warriors
In this course, we will study the diffusion of Western sports in Asia and across the Pacific, the development of Asian Pacific American sports in Hawai’i and the mainland, and the increasing transnational nature of sports in historical contexts.
Indigenous American Epics
This course will delve deeply into Indigenous literatures of “Turtle Island,” or North America, enabling us to consider how the temporal and spatial boundaries of America are both defined and extended by colonization.