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American studies is constituted by a multi- and transdisciplinary inquiry into the communities and cultures, values and ideologies, and social formations and institutions of the United States. American studies scholars seek to evaluate the processes and ideas that inform this country and its influences upon other cultures and communities, domestically and abroad.
While the array of disciplines spans the arts, humanities, and social sciences, the expertise of our faculty at ASU covers a broad range of historical, literary and media studies, as well as interdisciplinary and community-based approaches. The master's degree students are trained to expand their understanding of the history of American cultures and social conditions while learning the critical contexts for understanding contemporary trends in North America. The master's degree provides students with an advanced analytic foundation in American culture and society in all its variety and complexity.