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What is American studies?

American studies at Oklahoma State University offers you a systematic understanding of the culture and society of the United States of America from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Why American studies at OSU?

Students interested in identity, social power and social responsibility will connect with teachers and peers in a supportive environment in our small, discussion-based classes.
Our curriculum allows you to tailor your coursework from a range of courses and cultural studies before completing the two required courses: Theories and Methods of American Studies and Senior Seminar in American Studies.

Career paths

Instead of preparing you for a single occupation, American studies coursework prepares students to think, explore, and put knowledge into practice. Our graduates enjoy successful careers in a variety of fields:


  • Courses like Introduction to Digital Humanities, Native American Arts and Culture, and Tulsa Public Cultures take students into local communities to network with artists, cultural institutions, and non-profit organizations.
  • American Studies students have the option of taking an internship related to the humanistic or social scientific study of American culture, politics, and society.
  • American Studies coursework is also perfect preparation for the pursuit of advanced degrees in Literature, History, Social Work and the Law, among other areas.

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