About Us

We explore the intersections of culture, identity, diversity, and everyday life.

Welcome to the Department of American Studies!

Founded in 1945, the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, is considered to be one of the leaders in the field nationwide. As one of the oldest and best regarded American Studies departments, we pride ourselves on dynamic and innovative teaching, cutting-edge research, and close collaborations with Washington D.C.’s cultural institutions.

In American Studies, talented faculty work closely with students in small class settings to explore:

  • Diversity and Identity
  • Social Activism in American Life
  • Media Studies
  • Public History and Culture
  • Public Service in and around Washington, D.C.

As American Studies is an interdisciplinary field, faculty and students combine two or more of these concentrations in research and teaching. For more information about how our faculty engage in research areas, please visit the faculty page of this site. Beyond the core faculty in the program, the Department also has approximately 72 Affiliate Faculty spread across 20 departments and programs.

We offer Ph.D. and M.A. degrees at the graduate level. Our graduates are placed within some of the best colleges, universities, and cultural institutions worldwide. Our undergraduate curriculum continues offer an interdisciplinary approach that draws widely on the University’s superb resources in the humanities and social sciences as well as the intellectual resources of the Washington, D.C. area. Our majors also have the option to minor in US Latino/a Studies or take part in the Native American Studies Program.

Our faculty, affiliates, and students are involved with a wide array of activities throughout the year. Please visit our “Events” link to see details about upcoming events of interest to the American Studies community.

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