WHAT IS AMERICAN STUDIES?
American Studies examines the United States from Columbus to Obama, including the founding of the first modern democratic state, and baseball.
For more than two centuries the United States has struggled to create “a more perfect union,” a land where opportunity and success are open to all who strive for their dreams. In the American Studies program, you can explore the rich history of this struggle, the people, the movements, and the culture. You will enjoy the rich tapestry of American literature, woven by the great American writers of the past 200 years, and get to know the people who helped shape this great experiment in democracy.
Upon graduation from the program, you will have gained English fluency and a deep understanding of the literature, arts, history, politics and society of the United States, as well as the American way of thinking. The department offers a bachelor of arts degree in American Studies, as well as minor programs in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. Many students in the department choose summer internships or fieldwork to gain practical experience and exposure to possible careers. They work at organizations like the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic, UNICEF, Counterpart International, and in other NGOs or private firms in their respective countries. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English by taking the TOEFL examination, completing a separate essay, and passing an oral exam at AUCA.