Major/Minor in American Studies

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Director of American Studies

Professor Sugrue

American studies at NYU is one of the country’s top-ranked programs in this dynamic field. An interdisciplinary program housed in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, it studies United States society in national, hemispheric, and global frameworks. It draws on faculty strength in a wide range of fields, including history; literature, film, and fashion; area studies; gender studies; critical ethnic studies; political economy; and urban and environmental studies. The program interprets “American” in a broad sense to include assessments of the historical role of the United States in the Americas and, more generally, in world affairs. Students are exposed to a range of methodologies in the social sciences and humanities, including ethnography, textual analysis, archival research, and cultural studies. The department publishes its own student journal and offers an honors program culminating in a senior thesis.