Overview

Why study American studies?

Because American studies offers a creative environment to learn, think, and reflect about American culture, history, and communities from both a national and global perspective.

Undergraduate Programs

American studies offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate program in which faculty and students think critically about the many institutional and cultural meanings of America, popular culture, society, and identity. Through studying topics such as film, jazz, literature, visual culture, gender, race, and religion, American studies investigates America in the present and the past, beyond both disciplinary and national boundaries. Given our recognition of the critical impact of difference and power in American life, we insist that a student’s program consider the profound impact of diversity on society and address differential power structures in American life and social relations. Motivated advanced students have the opportunity to work independently on research and service projects.

Why study American studies?

Because American studies offers a creative environment to learn, think, and reflect about American culture, history, and communities from both a national and global perspective.

Graduate Programs

American studies is an interdisciplinary program offering graduate work on society and culture in the United States — past, present, and in global context. It accommodates a variety of individual academic objectives. All students are asked to define 3 concentrations — such as historial periods, conceptual problems, or topical subjects — and to draw on appropriate university resources relating to those areas. Students must demonstrate coherence in their graduate work and be able to show relationships between their concentrations and the wider sociocultural system. To accomplish this, students must develop knowledge (including historical perspective) in the humanities and social sciences.

For a current list of participating faculty members, please visit the department's website.

Contact Info

Department of American Studies

Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 213
Lawrence, KS 66045-7545
785-864-4011
http://americanstudies.ku.edu/
Henry Bial, Chair
785-864-4011
hbial@ku.edu

Department of American Studies

Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 213
Lawrence, KS 66045-7545
785-864-4011
http://americanstudies.ku.edu/
Randal Maurice Jelks, Director of Undergraduate Studies
785-864-9476
rmjelks@ku.edu

Department of American Studies

Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 213
Lawrence, KS 66045-7545
785-864-4011
http://americanstudies.ku.edu/
Ben Chappell, Director of Graduate Studies
785-864-2236
bchap@ku.edu
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