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American Studies

Housed in the English department, the American Studies program offers an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree that allows students to study American culture (North or South America) from a wide range of subjects and disciplinary perspectives. The American Studies major/minor encourages students to combine, cross, and stretch conventional academic boundaries as they study the diversity and complexity of American history and cultures at local, national, and global levels. Due to its wide-ranging interdisciplinary and cultural focus, the American Studies program prepares students for a wide range of careers in education, museums, non-profits, public relations, marketing, government agencies, the arts, and more.

American Studies students have a great deal of freedom to design their own program of study and take an active role in determining the specific focus of their degree by choosing from a range of courses offered by our affiliated departments.   

Students in the American Studies program can take courses in the departments of English (ENGL), History (HIST), Anthropology (ANTH); Art History (ARTH); Communication Studies (CMST); Environment and Society (ENVS), Journalism and Communication (JCOM); Music (MUSC); Philosophy (PHIL); Political Science (POLS); Portuguese (PORT); Religious Studies (RELS); Spanish (SPAN); and Sociology (SOC).

For more information, please visit the American Studies program website

Undergraduate Contacts:

Susie Parkinson
Creative Writing, American Studies, Literary Studies, Professional and Technical Writing
Phone: (435) 797-3883
Email: susie.parkinson@usu.edu.
Appointment Hours: M-F: 9:00 - 4:00

Professor Keri Holt
RBW 204E
(435) 797-8946 keri.holt@usu.edu