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American Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

About the Program

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The American Studies program was established with an endowment from William Robertson Coe in 1952 for the study of American life and culture. Fifty-eight years later, it is a nationally and internationally recognized B.A. and M.A. degree-granting program. Both faculty and students reflect the interdisciplinary range characteristic of the field as it has developed from the study of visual, material and popular cultures, to analysis of landscapes and environmental ideas, as well as examination of American folklife, identities and the ongoing ferment of intellectual traditions.

University of Wyoming's American Studies program has established two specialties that distinguish it among other such programs at home and abroad: the study of the U.S. from an international perspective and the application of American cultural study in public sector projects and programming. We strive to maintain working relationships with universities abroad. This focus manifests in shared degree components and programs, exchanges and a graduate assistantship placement for a student chosen by the British Association of American Studies. Our research scientists have sustained an active historic preservation and summer field study curriculum, providing crucial hands on experience to prepare students for work in such fields.

B.A. and M.A. students alike come to us from Wyoming and around the U.S., as well as from abroad. This includes a program particularly for Peace Corps volunteers. Our graduate assistants are placed not only in American Studies classes but in other departments and programs as well. There are also assistantships available through agencies with whom we partner and this frequently includes shared arrangements for their support.

In Wyoming, American Studies maintains close relationships with the Wyoming Arts Council, particularly through the Traditional and Folk Art program, and the Wyoming Humanities Council. At UW, the program enjoys strong ties with many units on campus, including interdisciplinary programs like the Haub School for Environment and Natural Resources (ENR). American Studies supports fine arts programming on campus as well as Ira Glass's series, "This American Life," on Wyoming Public Radio.

American Studies at the University of Wyoming offers a wide and varied array of opportunities for students to earn a degree that truly meets their needs.


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