As an American Studies major, you’ll study in an interdisciplinary program, exploring themes, trends and patterns that characterize the American past and present. You will also have the flexibility to define your own area of concentration, such as visual studies, cultural studies, race and ethnicity, legal and constitutional studies, the American environment, American capitalism or class and social structure.
Course Spotlight: "Representing Racial Encounters/Encountering Racial Representations"
This course, co-taught by professors Ella Diaz and Mukoma Wa Ngugi uses literature and popular culture, alongside literary, social, and cultural theory to consider how people from different cultures encounter and experience each other.
Click here to browse American Studies course offerings for the current and upcoming semesters.
“The most diverse and intriguing group of classes I have encountered here at Cornell.”
— Aaron Randolph, Class of 2011