School of Interdisciplinary Studies American StudiesCollege of Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Program in American Studies

Why study American Studies?  As the landscapes of American culture and society change, it is important to have an interdisciplinary perspective on these transformations.  We believe that an American Studies degree will provide you with the education to not only understand what it means to be American, but also help you build a firm foundation from which to actively contribute to ongoing change.  We offer student-centered courses invested in exploring American society and culture from multiple vantage points.  We hope that you will explore our website to gain a better perspective of what American Studies is, the work of our faculty and students, and a stronger sense of why an American Studies perspective is meaningful and valuable to the world in which we live.

Skill Sets

  • Interdisciplinary Thinking and Training
  • Effective Writing Skills
  • Critical Analysis Skills
  • Research and Information Management Skills
  • Media Literacy and Cultural History
  • Creativity and Curiosity

Career Paths

  • Education
  • Law
  • Business
  • Public Policy
  • Government
  • Communications
  • Journalism
  • Material Culture, Museum and Archival Studies
  • Public and Private Research
  • Many other positions in business/management, not necessarily related to the major but based on graduate's global awareness and broad-based liberal arts skill set.

For more information, contact Shannon McMullen, Director of American Studies, smcmulle@purdue.edu.

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