The American Studies program combines critical social sciences and humanities approaches to interpret American culture, politics, and society from an interdisciplinary point of view. Our majors are known for a unique skill set within the liberal arts, trained in the knowledge of American cultural, historical, societal, and political contexts; possess strong analytical and critical thinking skills; and demonstrate the ability to reflect deeply and dialogue across issues of equity and cultural diversity. Tasked to think about the familiar in an unfamiliar way, American Studies majors are creative problem solvers, storytellers, educators, and activists. They take information from disparate sources, evaluate and understand it, and weave it together to make sense of America. They work to make the invisible visible and amplify access for those unheard.
Dr. Peggy McIntosh anti-racism activist, scholar, and Senior Research Scientist of the Wellesley Centers for Women visits with students in AMST 360.