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American Studies

Occidental College

48 months
55980 USD/year
55980 USD/year
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Situated at the intersection of historical and cultural analyses, students in American Studies programme from the Occidental College interrogate the multiple voices and visions that have shaped American culture both past and present, and analyze debates over the meaning of American identity and culture in the United States and in transnational contexts.


The courses in Oxy’s American Studies programme from the Occidental College major offer multiple perspectives on American culture, history, literature, arts, and American domestic and international politics. The curriculum draws upon courses in these subjects plus media arts and culture, psychology, religion, and more. Several American Studies courses are cross-listed with courses in Black Studies, East Asian Studies, Diplomacy & World Affairs, and Latino/a & Latin American Studies. We highly encourage our majors to apply for international and domestic off-campus study, and Oxy’s Los Angeles location offers myriad opportunities for community-based learning and community engagement.


The major in American studies prepares graduates for careers in business, education, law, media, public affairs, and non-government organizations. In fact, many employers seek to hire employees with knowledge on American culture and society. F

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • United States Culture and Society
  • The American Experience in Literature
  • American Studies Theory and Methodology
  • United States Redux: Introduction to American Studies
  • African American Women Writers
  • The Great Migration
  • United States Latino Literature and Cultural Studies
  • Asian American Literature
  • Asian Immigrants in American Society
  • The United States and East Asia
  • Topics in American Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Oxy's Required Short Answer Questions
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation forms
  • $65 application fee or fee waiver
  • Official transcript
  • Standardized test scores are optional for Fall 2021 applicants. 
  • Midyear report after your first term of senior year.
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers (in core academic subjects). Ideally, we’d like letters from 10th- to 12th-grade classes.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    55980 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 55980 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    55980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 55980 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
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