Concentrators study four broad themes: social structure and the practices of identity, space and place, production and consumption of culture, and science, technology, and everyday life. The concentration is predicated on the ideal of scholarly engagement with the public, so students take junior seminars that engage some aspect of the public humanities such as public policy, memorialization, community studies or civic engagement. Study abroad is supported and encouraged. Interested students may contact the director of undergraduate studies.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Analyze texts, contexts, and data from multiple disciplinary and historical perspectives
  • Synthesize research as verbal, visual and/or digital presentations
  • Explore the theory and/or practice of the engagement of scholarship with a broader public
  • Understand how American society and cultures have been and are being shaped by global flows of people, goods and ideas
  • Experiment with new media as critical tools for scholarship

Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)

Student leader: Evan Lincoln, Caroline Sprague

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2014 15  15 
2016 13  13 
2019 19 19 5

Alumni Pathways

Graduates with an A.B. in American Studies are working in journalism, publishing, business, education, community arts, union organizing, and social welfare organizations, as well as graduate study in every field in the social sciences and humanities. Check out American Studies' Facebook page!

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Director of Undergraduate Studies/Advisor: Elizabeth Hoover