American Studies
American Studies


Welcome to the Department of American Studies

American Studies focuses on the cultural, social, and intellectual life of the United States of America. Its students analyze the American past and present from the perspectives of several disciplines, learn to synthesize their knowledge, and develop the critical habit of mind needed for cultural analysis. Such skills, we believe, are essential for the formation of a knowledgeable and politically engaged American citizenry.

Work in American Studies can lead to and enrich a wide variety of careers. Many of our graduate students become teachers and scholars at the college and university level, but significant numbers of both graduates and undergraduates have gone into journalism, radio, TV and film work, museum curating, law, public relations, editing, advertising, government service, secondary school teaching and administration, and creative writing.

Read more about American Studies at UT

Why American Studies?

75th Anniversary Symposium

Department Blog

The End of Austin

Foodways Texas


Steven D Hoelscher

Chair of American Studies

Steven D Hoelscher
One of the first institutions to offer courses in American Studies, the department at UT has grown steadily over the past seven decades in national reputation, in the number and interdisciplinary breadth of its course offerings, and in the influence of its graduates in a wide range of endeavors.
  • Department of American Studies

    University of Texas at Austin
    2505 University Ave B7100
    Burdine Hall 437
    Austin, Texas 78712
    512-471-7277