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American Studies at Miami University

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"The American Studies Program at Miami University is one of the oldest (we celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2014!) and most vibrant in the country. Since 1964, we have been encouraging students to explore American culture through an interdisciplinary lens and to make connections between the local, the national, and the global. We offer students a rich, interdisciplinary curriculum coupled with many opportunities for independent research, study away, and internships. We also have an active student club called SASS and a dedicated network of alumni who work in a wide array of careers around the globe. We invite you to learn more about our program here, on our Facebook page facebook icon, or by contacting Program Director, Professor Kimberly Hamlin ("

American Studies (AMS) offers an interdisciplinary major and minor that explores American culture from multiple perspectives.

As an American Studies student, you can:

Explore America from Different Perspectives

Students gain understanding of the United States in global context by making connections among a range of approaches from:

  • popular culture to mass media
  • history to art
  • politics to religious studies
  • and many others

Gain Career and Life Skills

The program fosters:

  • critical and creative thinking
  • interdisciplinary research
  • synthetic analysis
  • strong writing and oral presentation
  • interpretive approaches to multiple kinds of media and texts
  • broad understanding of social, cultural, and historical contexts
  • intercultural awareness

Students come away with the intellectual skills and perspective necessary to understand, contextualize, and critically engage the opportunities and challenges of our complex, changing, interdependent world. More importantly, they gain a broad contextual perspective that paves the way for meaningful and effective engagement in professional work and public life.

Students in American Studies have gained employment in advertising, public relations, marketing, sales, mass media, public history, cultural institutions, education, social work, and government and public sector work, among many others. They have gone on to pursue professional degrees in law, journalism, museum studies and public history, library science, and public policy; they have taken graduate degrees in academic fields such as history, literature, and American Studies.


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