American Studies

The idea of America and the history of the United States: in American Studies, we work with this distinction by drawing from literature, history, philosophy, economics, sociology, political science, cultural studies, and the arts. We shed light on the experiences and cultures of people whose lives are shaped by the United States of America both here and around the world.

American Studies is an international field that embraces a critical orientation to the idea of America while learning about its history. Students examine and illuminate the widest possible range of peoples, experiences, conflicts, artistic expressions, and politics that together produce the complex phenomenon that we call American culture.

Areas of special interest include:

  • The environment
  • Native American Studies
  • African American Studies
  • LatinX Studies
  • Women's Studies
  • Studies in gender and sexuality and in popular culture

Students will think critically about the tropes of American exceptionalism while examining how generations of diverse peoples have demanded full access to the rights and privileges enshrined in the country's founding documents.

Evergreen graduates with an American Studies background have gone on to careers as professors, teachers, librarians, museum professionals, journalists, writers, and in public service.

Faculty Associated With This Field
Title Expertise
Ackley, Kristina Native American studies
Buchman, Andrew music composition
Koppelman, Nancy American studies
Morales, Maria Isabel latinx studies, cultural studies, education
Rognas, Liza American history, information resources and library science

Choosing What to Take at Evergreen

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Selected Programs 2021-22
Title Class Standing Credits
America to 2025: Modern America, History, and Adolescent Psychology
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
American Popular Music: A People's History
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Culture as History: From the Great Depression to the Great Society
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Democracy or Empire in U.S. Foreign Policy: Contending Visions
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Evergreen at 50: An Inquiry and Archives Project
  • Junior
  • Senior
16