Two broad themes inform the department’s teaching and research: the social construction of difference and the culture of everyday life. The former speaks to the ways in which affiliations are created and sustained; the latter focuses on patterns of belief and value that give form and meaning to the lived experience of Americans, past and present. Through these emphases, the program aims to help students develop knowledge about American society and culture that is critical, contextual, and informed by a high degree of personal awareness.
A note about writing for students of American Studies.
Dr. Mary Sies
Director of Undergraduate Studies
1328F Tawes Hall
301-405-1354 (main office) or 301-405-1361 (direct)