Welcome to American Studies at Georgetown!

The American Studies Program at Georgetown University offers an interdisciplinary major that encourages students to make connections across diverse fields of study. The core American Studies curriculum explores the evolution of American society from from pre-colonial times to the present with a special focus on the intellectual and cultural dimensions of the American experience. Students develop a course of study that integrates academic work in a range of disciplines, which can include history, literature, theology, political science, theater and performance studies, fine arts, economics, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology. 

Founded in 1969, American Studies at Georgetown is among the oldest and most respected undergraduate American Studies programs in the country. The program strives to provide a personalized experience for its majors. The classroom curriculum is enriched by fall and spring semester field trips that coincide with the material covered in the core course sequence. Recent field trips include Carlyle House Historic Park, the Clara Barton House, Harper’s Ferry, Lincoln’s Summer Cottage, Antietam Battlefield, Monocacy National Battlefield, and Historic Londontown. Innovative approaches to teaching and learning, such as digital portfolios, digital museums, student-produced documentary films, performance, and blogs, are integrated into the curriculum. A senior thesis project is the capstone of the American Studies experience, allowing each student to explore in detail a topic of particular interest.

Extracurricular activities including field trips, social events, and lectures help to foster a close-knit, engaged community among American Studies majors. Nearly a half-century after its founding, American Studies at Georgetown University remains committed to challenging its students with a demanding curriculum that propels students into careers in a wide variety of fields, including law, journalism, teaching, government, museum curation, national security, new media and television, non-profit work, and business, as well advanced study at the masters and doctoral level.

Giving Back

American Studies at Georgetown needs your support to thrive! If you would like to make a donation online, use the Georgetown online giving form by clicking here. Under "other designation," specify that you would like your donation allocated to the American Studies Program. If you prefer not to donate online or would like information about other ways to support the program, please do not hesitate to contact us.