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.

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

See what AMST majors did this summer here

Department of American Studies Newsletter


Want to learn more about the major? Contact Jason Ruiz at jason.ruiz@nd.edu

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Tweed Senior Thesis




Tom Tweed's "Religion and Irreligion" senior seminar-last class!

"We created an awesome community, and then wrote capstones and critiqued America on the side.... Thanks for a fruitful, challenging semester, Prof Tweed!" ~Hannah Petersen, NDAMST '16