Explore the voices and visions that interpret and in turn shape the American experience.
American Studies is the interdisciplinary exploration of American culture, with an emphasis on the competing voices, actions, and visions of the American experience. Through the discipline you will explore what it means (and has meant) to be an “American” both at home and abroad, you’ll examine the relationship between the United States and other countries, and you’ll gain a more complex understanding of the tension between the national narrative of American exceptionalism and counternarratives centering on the experiences of a diverse range of American people.
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.