American Studies is a major for students who want to focus their academic work around American society and culture. The committee frames "American Studies" broadly, to include transnational, hemispheric, oceanic, and global approaches, as well as the more traditional approach centered on the U.S. nation-state.
American Studies majors usually select a disciplinary concentration in history, sociology, or literature, though other concentrations are available, and they take additional courses on American subject matter in other fields. In most years, an informal colloquium, which majors and potential majors are expected to attend, meets several times a semester.
Admission to the major is by application only. Students interested in majoring in the program should read the page on "Majoring in American Studies" carefully before contacting the chair for more information.
Announcements of lectures, colloquiums, and events are posted throughout the academic year to the American Studies Moodle, a mailing list and web page for those in the Reed community interested in the American Studies Program. To be added to the Moodle, please contact the chair of American Studies.