American Studies Learning Outcomes

Students completing the American Studies major should:

• Students will understand the development of American cultures in various historical contexts
• Students will learn to situate U.S. national cultures and communities within local and global contexts
• Students will competently utilize the theories and methods of American Studies
• Students will apply critical reading skills to various media and types of texts
• Students will culturally and historically contextualize a range of identity categories (e.g., race and ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality, and class)
• Students will complete a substantial independent research project