jasper_johns_america_2As a core part of our intellectual and social missions, the Department of American Studies fosters an inclusive environment, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, economic status, disability, or sexual orientation. 

In American Studies, students explore and study American culture and society in challenging and innovative ways. More

American Studies focuses on one big question: What does it mean to be an American? This is not an easy question to answer and the stakes are high. As a nation of natives and immigrants, the United States has always encompassed diverse racial and ethnic groups. Throughout rapidly changing historical and global contexts, Americans have forged various cultures expressing the diversity of American experience. American Studies examines those cultures, societies, and politics from multiple perspectives. How do we express, institutionalize, celebrate, and contest American identities? 


"American Studies, to me, provides an ability to develop a uniquely critical and intellectual eye for the American cultural landscape. We think for ourselves. We're ready to weather whatever comes our way after we leave Notre Dame"

         -Maisie O'Malley, from her 2012 American Studies Graduate Address

How three seniors found their way to American Studies

Dr. Thomas Tweed offers commentary on Papal Visit to United States

Dr. Kathleen Cummings to provide commentary for NBC News throughout Pope Francis' first visit to the U.S.

See more commentary from Professors Cummings and Tweed here.


Department of American Studies Newsletter

Interested in joining or learning more about the major?

Come talk to Director of Undergraduate Studies Annie Coleman during her Fall 2015 Office Hours: 2-3 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays, as well as by appointment via acolema3@nd.edu

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