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The Program in American Studies is an interdisciplinary program fostering the in-depth study of American cultures from a variety of perspectives. Students choose their path through the major or minor based on their own intellectual commitments. Through course offerings, colloquia, and research opportunities, students and faculty examine questions of power and conflict, experience and identity, tradition and social change within and beyond the territorial borders of the United States and the Americas. Matters of class, race, region, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, law, migration, environment, technology, politics, and the arts are central to the curriculum. The program allows study at the local, subnational, national, and global levels, from in-depth investigation of Nashville communities to research on transnational nongovernmental organizations.

Students participate in a robust set of extracurricular events, including Road Trips, City Walks, and discussion of current events through the Beyond the Headlines series. The Program also encourages and provides opportunities for on- and off-campus research, internships, study abroad, and individual and group projects under the guidance of participating faculty in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.