Spring 2017 Courses

 Become an American Studies Major

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. 

Read More

Department News

Jameson Fellow

Joe Malherek wins Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History

A big congrats to Joe Malherek, PhD '15, winner of the 2016-17 J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History!

Thomas Dolan

Thomas Dolan awarded Gulbenkian Foundation Global Excellence Scholarship

We are pleased to announce that PhD student Thomas Dolan has been selected for a Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Global Excellence Scholarship to support his research for two years.

AMST Graduation 2016

Congrats to the American Studies Class of 2016!

This year’s graduation was a series of wonderful celebrations. The MA students were feted first, on May 14. The following day, the American Studies department hosted a warm reception for undergraduate majors in our historic townhouse, just before the CCAS celebration in the Smith Center.

Reflections from the class of 2016

Reflections from the American Studies Class of 2016

Hear from graduating seniors who reflect on their time in the department and even offer a little advice to future American studies students.

Ariel Amaru wins Carper Prize

Ariel Amaru receives 2015-16 Carper Prize

The Carper Prize is given every year for the best research paper in the senior research seminar. The papers this year were fantastic, and awarding the Carper Prize was a challenge, given the well-researched and erudite work of our students. The winner was Ariel Amaru for her thesis, “From Legal to Social Authority: Black Women's Reporting of Domestic Violence.”

Talib Hudson, BA '04

Alumni Profile: Talib Hudson, BA '04

GW American Studies alums continue to make us proud! We want to share more of your stories. This semester we highlight the achievements of Talib Hudson, who serves as the deputy director of the Community Partnerships Unit at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

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.

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!