American Culture 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 Culture Studies have recognized that no one discipline can adequately come to terms with American culture.
Available concentrations in American Culture Studies include African-American Studies, Latinx Studies and Native-American Studies.
Students will encounter courses that investigate power, inequality, and agency through intersecting structures of race, class, ethnicity, gender and/or religion, and which place the United States in a transnational and comparative framework. The program provides breadth and depth that place the nation-state in a global context and emphasize the diversity of social and cultural experience.
Like other liberal arts majors, American Culture Studies leads students in many different directions. In addition to graduate school and law school, an American Culture 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 Culture 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.