A female student looking happy at a GW American Studies event. Graphic: Department of American Studies



CREATIVE thinkers,
historians and RESEARCHERS

Understanding the United States and its role in the world


Who We Are


2 GW American Studies students smiling in Dr. Nicole Ivy's class


The Department of American Studies at the George Washington University is committed to fostering a dynamic, interdisciplinary learning and research environment focused on understanding the culture, beliefs, policies, politics, urbanization and history of the United States and its role in the world.

Through a rigorous curriculum, we challenge our students to uncover fresh perspectives on how we live and engage with one another. Our long-standing ties with the Smithsonian Institution and other organizations within the nation’s capital further immerse students in unique experiences relating to historic preservation, museum curation, social politics and more. And our alumni have achieved success in a variety of fields, making their mark in virtually every sector of the economy.



Talib Hudson, BA '04

Talib Hudson

BA '04

"I found American Studies refreshing. It wasn’t a sugar-coating of American history. I felt that it gave a more honest depiction, that it really told the story of people on the ground."

Core Research Strengths

  • Cultural History and Cultural Studies
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
  • Urban Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Religion and Politics
  • Public Culture and Performance
  • Transnational American Studies

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