What Is American Studies?

According to the American Studies Association, “In its relatively brief history, American Studies has taken on many different incarnations and identities. Founded in the 1930s and 1940s as a locus of interdisciplinary inquiry into the national cultures of the United States, it has become a generative field of intellectual curiosity and creativity, a nexus of energy and engagement. American Studies scholars share a dynamic commitment to democratic inquiry rather than a universally agreed upon canon of required methods or venerated works. The field encompasses an eclectic array of practices and pedagogies that cohere around openness to studying diverse research objects, asking a broad range of research questions, and engaging with a wide range of scholarly approaches, methods and theories.”

Read more about the field of American Studies from the American Studies Association here.



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