American Studies at OSU examines the history, culture, and society of the United States from a multidisciplinary, multicultural, and transnational perspective. We investigate the diverse peoples and ideas that have shaped the nation using an eclectic array of tools — from sociology and political science to history, literature, cultural and media studies. With strong ties to the interdisciplinary minors in Gender and Women’s Studies, American Indian Studies, and Africana Studies, AMST courses emphasize issues of identity, social power, and social responsibility, with a particular focus on the importance of race, class, gender, and sexuality in American life, past and present.
In addition to a well-rounded liberal arts education, students in the program learn to conduct research, analyze information, speak clearly, write well, and share their knowledge in multiple media formats. They think critically about the world around them and seek to deepen and apply that knowledge for the good of their communities. Because they possess the skills today’s employers say they most desire, our students have pursued successful careers in education, social work, journalism, marketing, non-profit management, and the law, among other things. Please join us for some of the most stimulating coursework you will find at OSU!