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American Studies

Explore the voices and visions that interpret and in turn shape the American experience.

American Studies is the interdisciplinary exploration of American culture. Situated at the intersection of historical and cultural analyses, students in American Studies interrogate the multiple voices and visions that have shaped American culture both past and present, and analyze debates over the meaning of American identity and culture in the United States and in transnational contexts.

The courses in Oxy’s American studies major offer multiple perspectives on American culture, history, literature, arts, and American domestic and international politics. The curriculum draws upon courses in these subjects plus media arts and culture, psychology, religion, and more. Several American Studies courses are cross-listed with courses in Black Studies, East Asian Studies, Diplomacy & World Affairs, and Latino/a & Latin American Studies. We highly encourage our majors to apply for international and domestic off-campus study, and Oxy’s Los Angeles location offers myriad opportunities for community-based learning and community engagement.

The knowledge you will develop as an American studies major is not only an integral part of the education promised by the College's mission statement, but also prepares students for citizenship in American society and an increasingly globalized world. The major prepares you for a wide range of careers in business, education, law, media, entertainment, public affairs, and non-governmental organizations.

Meet Our Faculty

What Our Graduates Are Doing

Obie Award-winning actor, director, playwright

Roger Guenveur Smith
1977

District Property Administrator, LAUSD

David Estrada
2005

Ph.D. program in history, Harvard University

Kristin Oberiano
2016

Senior Policy Attorney, Brooklyn Defender Services

Andrea Nieves
2007

Tao Shing Pee Educational Foundation, China

Siyuan Zhou
2013

Fulbright Fellow, Spain

Jessica Lobl
2009

Project Director, Anti-Defamation League

David Reynolds
2007

Assistant Principal, Caliber Schools

Asha Canady
2012
Contact American Studies
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