This Semester's Undergraduate Courses

Each semester, the Department of American Studies offers a different selection of undergraduate courses.  Click here for brief descriptions of the current semester's course offerings.

Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate Program

Students in the American Studies undergraduate program analyze the society, culture, and politics of the United States from an interdisciplinary perspective that draws on history, cultural analysis, art and architecture, public policy, and folklore studies. Students may choose to major or minor in American Studies. In either case, they are introduced to key concepts in the analysis of culture and society through a set of core courses.

The program culminates in a senior research seminar that requires students to produce a substantial paper based on independent research in primary sources.

Visit the Undergraduate Handbook in American Studies for a detailed outline of the guidelines for completing a major or minor degree in this field.

Current GW students wishing to declare a major or minor in American Studies should contact the undergraduate advisor in American Studies, Professor Elisabeth Anker at [email protected]. Prospective GW students should visit Undergraduate Admissions for all information and application materials.