American Studies is an interdisciplinary degree-granting program within the Department of Transnational Studies) that awards BA, MA, and PhD degrees. The program takes a hemispheric approach to the study of the Americas, examining local cultures, nations,
and regions within their larger historical and geopolitical contexts of Americas. Building on our traditional strengths in American Indian studies, critical race theory, class analysis, and community engagement, we
encourage scholarly work on history, politics, visual cultures, literary and oral cultures, environmental and agricultural practices, religions, kinship systems, geography, and economics.
Reclaiming the repressed voices, histories, and cultures 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 coherent program centering on the vigorous multidisciplinary study of the Americas. We also welcome international students who seek to deepen their understanding of the cultural,
historical, and natural complexity of the United States, or the Americas more generally.