American Studies




American Studies Program

UPDATE (March 24, 2020): COVID-19

The American Studies program has adjusted courses and student services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All instruction is now online, and student services are limited. Advising is available; however, meetings will be at a distance and by appointment only. To make an advising appointment, email Dr. Brett Mizelle at and include AMST ADVISING in the subject line.

The CLA ATLAS Network is also available for online advising services. You can contact an ATLAS advisor at Please email the department chair, Dr. Brett Mizelle, with any questions you might have about the American Studies program in general: Take care, stay healthy, and hold steady!

What is American Studies?

As noted American Studies scholar George Lipsitz explains, American Studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines American life and culture.The work of American Studies takes place both on campuses and in communities. American Studies scholars investigate where the ideals of American democracy are at their finest and where they remain incomplete. We ask key questions like: What is an American? What are the lived experiences of people who inhabit our nation? For more, read our program description.

Why Choose American Studies?

American Studies students receive a broad liberal arts education focusing on American culture, traditions, artistic and material production, ideas, identities, and spaces. The major in American Studies offers a solid background for careers in law, journalism, public service, business, and education. The program also provides the foundation for graduate work in American Studies and related fields. In other words, the knowledge and skills our majors acquire prepares them to succeed in just about any field.