American Studies is taught by an interdisciplinary faculty of 19. Courses include African American History, The History of Jazz, Baseball and American Culture, Memory and Commemoration in American Culture, Museums and Memory, History of the South, and American Modernist Literature.
American Studies stresses the personal side of American life examining the role of music, art, memory, family, and the many manifestations of popular culture within a given time period. Courses generally combine lectures, readings, audio and visual media, and lively discussion. Personal and group presentations are a routine part of American Studies classes.