American Studies

About American Studies

American Studies is a multi-disciplinary program that offers students the flexibility to work across disciplines to address major questions about American culture and society. Since its inception at Harvard in the 1920s, scholars in American Studies have recognized that no one discipline can adequately come to terms with American culture.

Career Options

Like other liberal arts majors, American Studies leads students in many different directions. In addition to graduate school and law school, an American Studies major can provide a solid base for work in public history, museum curatorship, historic preservation, journalism, creative consultant work, business, and so on.

American Studies offers students interested in the culture of the United States a space for in-depth and broad-based study and analysis. It is also an excellent double major for students in any field.


Program Director
April Schultz
Associate Professor of History
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