American Studies

DancingAmerican studies is a major for the student who wants additional course work in American society and culture. American studies majors usually select a disciplinary concentration in history, literature, religion, or political science, but other concentrations are available.

Majors take a junior qualifying exam designed by the American Studies Committee. In most years, an informal colloquium, which students are expected to attend, meets several times a semester.

Admission to the major is by application to the committee. The first part of the application should outline the student's course work to date and describe the anticipated field of concentration. The second part of the application should describe and make a case for the proposed interdisciplinary study.

Announcements of lectures, colloquiums, and events are posted throughout the academic year to the American-Studies listserv, a mailing list for those in the Reed community interested in the American Studies Program.