Program in American Studies
- Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús
- Patricia Fernández-Kelly
- Allison Carruth, Effron Center Study of America
- Anne Cheng, English
- Rachael Z. DeLue, Art and Archaeology
- Mitchell Duneier, Sociology
- Yaacob Dweck, History
- Patricia Fernández-Kelly, Sociology
- Paul Frymer, Politics
- William A. Gleason, English
- Brian E. Herrera, Lewis Center for the Arts
- Alison E. Isenberg, History
- Shamus R. Khan, Sociology
- Beth Lew-Williams, History
- Christina León, English
- Rosina A. Lozano, History
- Anne McClintock, Gender & Sexuality Studies Pgm
- Paul Nadal, English
- Kinohi Nishikawa, English
- Sarah Rivett, English
- Carolyn M. Rouse, Anthropology
- Paul E. Starr, Sociology
- Judith Weisenfeld, Religion
- Sean Wilentz, History
- Peter Wirzbicki, History
- Stacy E. Wolf, Lewis Center for the Arts
Sits with Committee
- Tessa L. Desmond
The Program in American Studies, administered by the Effron Center for the Study of America, is an interdisciplinary plan of study that prepares students to make intellectual connections in the world through the experiences and place of America in current and historical times. Encompassing a wide range of fields, areas, and disciplines, and grounded in the histories and experiences of the diverse peoples and cultures that make up the United States of America, the program explores different conceptual framings of America and the role of the United States in global, local, and transnational relationships. By asking a broad range of research questions and engaging with diverse scholarly methods and theories, the program encourages new understandings of issues that profoundly affect contemporary life and scholarship, including questions of migration, diaspora, and borders; indigeneity and colonization; globalization, empire, and war; capital and culture; language, race, and ethnicity; religion; slavery and racialization; gender and sexuality; and ecology and technology.
For more information, please visit the Effron Center website, effroncenter.princeton.edu.
Admission to the Program
Students from all departments are welcome to enroll. Students may enroll in the American studies certificate program at any time, including their first year. There are no prerequisites, and courses taken prior to enrollment may count toward the certificate requirements. Students may take the gateway course AMS 101 at any time during their studies, including after enrollment in the certificate program. To enroll in the certificate program, students should complete the online enrollment form. Certificate students should meet with the program coordinator of the Effron Center for the Study of America before the end of their first year of enrollment, to review their plans for fulfilling the certificate requirements.
Program of Study
Students may earn a certificate in American studies by successfully completing the following requirements, consisting of five courses:
- AMS 101: America Then and Now
- Three courses in American studies, either originating in the program or cross-listed, and preferably representing disciplinary breadth in the social sciences, arts, and humanities. No more than one course taken in fulfillment of the student’s concentration may be counted toward the certificate.
- An advanced seminar in American studies, preferably taken in senior year.
Certificate of Proficiency
Students who fulfill all the requirements of the program will receive a certificate in American studies upon graduation.