Become an American Studies Major

Fall 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Featured Courses

Disposable People

Summer 2016 Featured Courses

AMST 3950.D01 - Disposable People
Calvin Warren
ONLINE
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Seeing America

Summer 2016 Featured Courses

AMST 6190.20– Seeing America
Daniel Gifford
TR, 6:10-8:20
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Discussing Discrimination

Summer 2016 Featured Courses

AMST 3950.82/6190.83– Discussing Discrimination
Ceylan Ertung
MTWR, 4:00-5:30
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Power and Popular Culture

Summer 2016 Featured Courses

AMST 3950.D21 - Power and Popular Culture
Calvin Warren
ONLINE
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About Us

The Department of American Studies at The George Washington University is one of the nation's most rigorous and intellectually innovative departments devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and society. Internationally recognized for its research, our faculty is also committed to fostering a dynamic learning environment where undergraduate and graduate students work together with faculty to better understand the culture, politics and history of the United States and its role in the world. 

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Department News

Brianna Nobles

BA/MA student Brianna Nobles receives 2016-17 Kwittken Fellowship

American Studies BA/MA student Brianna Nobles is a recipient of the 2016-17 Kwittken Fellowship, awarded by the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

33 1/3

Gayle Wald selected as new series editor for 333 Sound

English and American Studies Professor Gayle Wald has been selected as one of the new editors of 33 1/3 Sound, a Bloomsburg Press book series on music and sound.

Kimberly Pendleton

Kimberly Pendleton receives 2016-17 Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Each year, the Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship offers a doctoral student a substantial amount of funding to assist in the completion of her dissertation on the subject of faith and philanthropy. Congratulations Kimberly!

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Apply for the 2016 American Studies Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The Department of American Studies will support the research projects of selected undergraduate majors in American Studies. Students have the opportunity to engage in a well-defined research project under the guidance of an American Studies faculty member.

Black Sexualities Symposium

American Studies hosts Black Sexualities Symposium, Tuesday, April 5th

The Department of American Studies invites you to the Black Sexualities symposium on Tuesday, April 5th, from 1-7PM in Smith 115 and Funger 103. 

Left to Right: Shannon Davies Mancus, Michael Horka, Scott Larson. Not pictured: Craig Allen

Michael Horka receives Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award

We would like to congratulate PhD candidate Michael Horka on being awarded the Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award! Michael joins three other American Studies students, Craig Allen, Shannon Mancus, and Scott Larson, in winning this award.

Dylan Goes Live Book Cover

Monday, March 21st. Dylan Goes Electric! Music, Myth and History feat. Elijah Wald

The Department of American Studies presents Dylan Goes Electric! Music, Myth and History on Monday, March 21st at 4PM in 1957 E, Room 111. A talk by musician and writer Elijah Wald, based on his acclaimed new book.

This is Not a Safe Space

The Department of American Studies presents Collected Stories and Twice Told Tales 2016

The Department of American Studies presents our annual conference, Collected Stories and Twice-Told Tales 2016 on March 3-4, 2016.

Anne Dobberteen

"What to do with your American Studies MA Degree." Tuesday, March 8th

On Tuesday, March 8th, from 5:45-7PM, American Studies will be hosting an MA Workshop entitled "What To Do With Your American Studies MA Degree." The event is designed to give our current students some ideas about how to use their American Studies degree to find rewarding employment after graduation.

Julie Chamberlain

Julie Chamberlain Wins 2016 Cosmos Scholars Award

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Julie Chamberlain, for being recognized as a 2016 Cosmos Scholar!