American Studies is an interdisciplinary exploration, with an emphasis on history and literature, of the voices and visions that interpret and, in turn, shape the American experience.

The field is concerned with questions such as whether or not there is a national culture. Can we, for example, reconcile the tension between traditional narratives of individualism and self-reliance and the counter-narratives of community and oppression? Such knowledge is not only an integral part of the education promised by the College's mission statement but also one that prepares students for citizenship in American society as well as in an increasingly globalized world.