American Studies

Understanding “American culture” as the interplay of material practices and the realm of ideas

The Undergraduate degree program in American Studies considers technology, economy, urbanism, and ecology, as well as literature, the arts, and political and geographic history. American Studies takes a particular interest in cultural hybridity, cultural layering, and in American culture exported abroad.

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The Student Academic Advisor’s job is to guide students and faculty as they navigate University, College, and Major Program policies. Laura is an experienced advisor who is available to serve as a sounding board for ideas and concerns as they arise.

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NEWS FOR STUDENTS: New Fellowship – Farmlink FIELD Project

From American Studies graduate Claire Rider: I'm reaching out because I want to share what I've been working on: an immersive fellowship in the food industry. I work full-time at The Farmlink Project now, and have been focused ...

Spotlight on American Studies Graduates

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Eli Wirtschafter

Eli Wirtschafter : - "Street Theater at Astor Place: Performance on the Nineteenth Century Public Stage" (Class of 2013)
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Robert Gibbons

Robert Gibbons : - The Presidio from Post to Park: Two Hundred Years of Transition (Class of 2017)
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Vanessa Padilla

Vanessa Padilla : - "A Tale of Two Cities: Richmond, California and Flint, Michigan" (Class of 2016)
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David Swatt

From Cornfields to Cadillacs: The Evolution of Beverly Hills

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