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American Studies Courses

​​What is American studies?

American studies is an interdisciplinary studies field that examines American history, American literature, and American culture. It's part of the humanities field and incorporates a variety of disciplines. Although most scholarship typically follows the United States, recent studies have expanded far beyond the country's borders.

The use of the term "American" is controversial, but the name continues to be standard. The field also includes subfields like African American studies, Native American studies, Asian American studies, and topics like material culture or U.S. history. In some cases, American studies is also an exploration of imperialism.

Learn about American Studies

edX offers programs in a variety of fields like American studies. Students can participate in single courses, certificates, and full degrees, as well as a number of micro-degrees and professional series options. Many courses are available for free, but students can also opt into official credit for a fee.

Courses are developed in partnership with leaders and innovators in the field of American studies, providing students with unprecedented access to quality education right from their homes. Learners can network with a global cohort of like-minded peers and build foundational skills for career or personal growth. 

American studies courses

Students can take the X-Series program in U.S. Government from HarvardX. Learners explore Harvard University's materials on the American political systems. Students explore not just government, but also special interest and public groups, and foreign policy. 

Learners can also explore The Civil War and Reconstruction from ColumbiaX, American Renaissance: Classic Literature of the 19th Century from DartmouthX, or Smithsonian's Objects that Define America from SmithsonianX. These courses introduce aspects of American studies in different fields and provide foundational understanding of the history and culture of the area.

Build an Understanding of American Studies with edX

Understanding American society within the global context provides students with the right perspectives. Whether it's history or popular culture, students get to learn new things through the course of study, and students gain access to faculty members and peers from around the world.

Instead of traditional graduate studies, students can study the American experience with edX and receive training for career growth. With a focus on cultural studies, students will learn more about why things are the way they are in their country or explore a country they haven't been to from afar. It's time to build a lifelong love of learning with edX.