BA in American Studies Program By Brandeis University | Top Universities

BA in American Studies

BA in American Studies

  • QS World University Rankings
    446
  • Degree BA
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Scholarships No
American Studies is an interdisciplinary field devoted to the study of all things American. An inquiry into the many varieties of American culture, past and present, the major seeks to provide students with a historical perspective on the United States and an educated awareness of the ways in which the nation has shaped the lives of its citizens as well as people around the world. The curriculum embraces a wide range of cultural expressions, including literature, film, music, art, architecture, and digital media. Typically, students who enroll anticipate careers in fields such as law, business, public service, education, journalism, and the entertainment industry. Through our close relationships with programs in Legal Studies and Journalism, American Studies aims to provide a broad background in those areas and welcomes students who seek active engagement with the contemporary world through a firm grounding in the liberal arts. American Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of American culture, identities, beliefs, thoughts, values and traditions in both a national and global context. Incorporating a broad range of subjects and methodologies from a variety of disciplines, our curriculum seeks to provide students with an educated awareness of the ways in which the United States frames the lives, aspirations, and thinking of its own citizens and of peoples around the world. Students can take courses in history, literature, film, women's studies, popular culture, electronic and digital media, race and immigration, ethnic studies, legal scholarship, journalism, politics, and the environment. A series of "Main Currents" courses on broad themes in American culture serves as a gateway to a curriculum that examines the construction of American ideas and identities across time, disciplines, and media. Requirements include a two-semester sequence that examines the history of American culture from the nation's founding to the present, a Main Currents course, and six electives chosen from within the Program and courses cross-listed with other departments and programs.

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