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Law, Government, and Global and Public Policy

American Studies

Bachelor of Arts


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus

Explore American Culture

American Studies looks at the many cultures that come together in the United States. Teaching and research focus on America as a nation and an ideal. Drawing from a range of disciplines, you will study issues of political, social, and regional identity, cultural diversity, and national character, as well as public and popular culture.

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Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy, Ph.D.
Teaching Professor and Lead Departmental Advisor
Department of Global and Intercultural Studies
127 MacMillan Hall, 531 E. Spring St., Oxford, OH 45056

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Curriculum and Courses

The American Studies curriculum provides a critical perspective on "American" culture from a variety of vantage points, including global perspectives. Students are encouraged to make connections between a range of disciplinary fields including art, anthropology, architecture, communication, comparative religion, economics, English, geography, history, music, philosophy, political science, sociology, and theater.

  • AMS 205 Introduction to American Cultures
  • AMS 207 America: Global and Intercultural Perspectives
  • AMS 302 Immigrant America
  • AMS 303 Consumer Culture
  • AMS 305 American Icons

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Career Options

Graduate schools and employers consistently seek college graduates who can think critically and communicate effectively. A major in American Studies prepares you for many different fields and careers. Recent students have been accepted into graduate programs at Duke, Carnegie Melon, NYU, and Virginia. American Studies majors at Miami have gone on to careers in law, journalism, business, teaching, and the public sector.

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