About Our Program
The American experience is complex. In a society of diverse people, varied geography, and myriad cultural traditions, it can often be difficult to understand how and why the United States has arrived in the position it occupies today – a civilization of great abundance but abiding poverty, of inclusive governing principles but ongoing bigotry, of global leadership but continual geopolitical tension.
The American Cultural Studies program is designed to help you understand the past and present of the American experience through a range of lenses – fine arts and literature; history and politics; philosophy and sociology. Above all, the program will give you the skills necessary to find and critically analyze information about American culture, the theoretical tools to take a sophisticated approach to a range of research source materials, and the training necessary to become a clear thinker and effective communicator.