I love that American Studies is a small major and a close community. It enables me to explore multiple fields of interest and gives me the freedom to design my own concentration. Student government
American Studies allowed me to explore my area of interest in a way that I couldn’t accomplish with any other major. There is incredible freedom to deeply explore the connections between disciplines. No one subject is truly isolated, and I love that American Studies gives me the opportunity to study the spaces in between. I love spending my free time watching and analyzing film and television with my friends, and getting into debates about them.
American Studies gives me the flexibility to explore the aspects of American culture and politics that interest me without the constraints imposed by an academic discipline. I love meeting and learning from professors and other majors who have such a diverse range of interests and backgrounds.
I love the flexibility of the major and the ability to tailor it to my interests. The classes all seem incredibly interesting, it'll be difficult to choose exactly what to take!
I love the flexibility of the program. The core classes provide a solid foundational background that is supplemented by my own concentration that I can tailor to suit my specific interests. Painting, drawing, and sculpting
The opportunities for interdisciplinary study are simply unprecedented within the American Studies major at Stanford. There is truly something for everyone in the field of American Studies. I enjoy running, and writing, in my spare time.
love the freedom we have to form a concentration that is truly tailored to our interests. Running and Exercising
To me, the American Studies major captures the struggle to understand and create a "more perfect union." Directing theater
American Studies allows me to connect my interests among various fields of study. From Human Biology to English to the Graduate School of Education, I've been able to dabble in multiple other departments that interest me. My major is completely individualized to me and what I want to study, rather than what I have to study.
I love running, writing, grocery shopping, coffee, and Twitter.
The interdisciplinary nature of the major, and the option to take courses in many different departments. I'm on the varsity rowing team, and love watching original HBO shows.
For me, American Studies is a continual rediscovery of home. When I'm not in the library, you can probably find me outside reading old issues of National Geographic or overwatering my Bonsai tree.
I love being an American Studies major because of the flexibility it has afforded me in pursuing a specific interest from many different disciplinary perspectives. I can take classes in history, law, politics, and literature, all of which allow for a holistic understanding of one central topic that I got to create myself! I am a lifelong equestrian and love trying all different disciplines and exploring new places on horseback.
I love the interdisciplinary nature of the American Studies major--the ability to take courses in fields from History to Political Science to Sociology. It allows me to explore such a wide scope of information from a variety of approaches, and thus to develop an integrative approach to a topic or challenge. I am also majoring in Psychology and am involved with the Jewish Student Association Board and Jewish life on campus. Before college I would spend my free time reading books, but with the heavy reading load, I have found more relaxation from movies, and am working my way down the AFI's Top 100 Movies of All Time.
Academically, I have always been particularly fascinated by history and religious studies, and I have recently fostered an interest in psychology. My father is a rabbi and I have been to Israel numerous times. I attend prayer services frequently, and take part in the various festivals and meaningful ritual practices that accord with religious observance. Freely expressing my Jewish identity serves as a constant reminder to count my blessings, and to express my gratitude for living in a land that allows peoples of eclectic backgrounds to take part in the pursuit of happiness. In large part, what makes America great is the freedom to strive, to grow, and to be independent. In America, I see the wisdom of myriad cultures building off of each other. American Studies allows me to continue to nurture my interest in history, religion, and psychology in the context of the country I hold so dear. The department gives me the tools and flexibility to study areas of natural curiosity. In exploring the American psychology, America's relationship to the rest of the world, America's place in history, and American experiences with faith, I am not only probing areas of interest, but coming more in touch with my own identity. Growing up in sunny open Denver, Colorado, I developed a passion for the outdoors. I spend my winter and summer breaks skiing, hiking, biking, and camp counseling to maximize my time with the people, I love in a setting that I adore. Judaism is central to my life. I attended a Jewish Day school from K-12 grade.
I have benefited from the flexibility and latitude within the major to design a course of study that has proven challenging, stimulating, and exciting. The interdisciplinary nature of the program has provided valuable opportunities to complement my focus on 20th century American history with exploration of literature and culture. Mountain biking in the Santa Cruz Mountains; skiing
I love the flexibility and breadth of classes available to students in the department to design unique concentrations and courses of study. Only in American Studies can I grasp a solid understanding of US history and the evolving nature of American culture, while also studying current issues and trends that affect policy and society today. I have always been fascinated by the intersection of history and the current state of the world; American Studies provides me with the opportunity, resources and intellectual space to do so.
I am absolutely obsessed with skiing, my family, friends, dramatic TV shows, politics and yes, Harry Potter.
I love the freedom to design the major to be able to study a variety of subjects, from history to arts to literature. Dancing and theater
I love the ability to creatively personalize this major as well as its small community. Music
Most of the classes for my major have been in History, Sociology, or English, which means I also get to think about the purpose of "disciplines" and the relative advantages of different critical lenses. Hiking and backpacking, feminism, and cheese.
I like the inclusion of history most about the American studies major, especially when dealing with complex issues like healthcare, tracing the historical trajectory can be a useful tool. I enjoy playing soccer and listening to music.
What I like about American Studies: I love the flexibility that the program offers. The freedom to take classes from a number of different departments allows students to cater to a range of interests, which I really enjoy and appreciate. Soccer and music
American studies gives me the opportunity to combine my interests in history and literature, and the ability to study American history from a creative lens. I am a writer of nonfiction, and I love the way that the American studies program allows me to historicize and broaden the scope of personal essays and investigative pieces.
The way that studying the same issues, thinkers, and history through different lenses gives a nuanced understanding that's hard to achieve through one discipline alone. I love creative writing and computer science!
I love the interdisciplinary nature of American studies because it provides students with the flexibility to explore their various interests and expand their knowledge base. I enjoy landscape photography, camping, volleyball, peach green tea, and seafood.
Its flexibility allows me to explore a bunch of different subject areas while still retaining a sense of academic cohesion and interconnectedness. Evernote
I love that American Studies is such a fundamentally interdisciplinary major--one that easily allow me to move between disciplines and interests to study American culture. I love singing and all kinds of music and am a professed pop culture addict.
The opportunity to examine the country that I grew up in is special, and I appreciate continually supplementing my understanding of what it means to be American. I also love that so many of the classes that sound fun to me on ExploreCourses always happen to end up being AmStud.
It allows me to take a very interdisciplinary approach to historical topics I enjoy, and to realize the contemporary relevance of those topics. Numismatics. Varsity rower.
American Studies allows me to explore my interests in American history, literature, and politics and analyze how these different disciplines have interacted to form a multiplicity of ever-evolving American identities.
I like the flexibility of American Studies. The program pushes students to explore diverse academic interestes, striking an excellent balance between specializing in a particular field and condsidering new realms of discovery.
The American Studies program provides the unique opportunity to explore American culture through art, literature, political science, and history. Running, dancing, learning languages, and writing poetry
American Studies encourages me to explore the intersections of seemingly separate facets of American life and history. I love the freedom and creativity the program allows and the modern relevance all of the classes hold.
I like American Studies because of the interdisciplinary approach it takes to understand the United States—it showcases the diversity of my country. I am able to pursue my interests in art, theatre, and history and have the freedom to craft my own curriculum. Theatre, music making, singing, film watching
American studies allows me to pursue several disciplines with a broadness to subject matter that I can't get in other majors. There's so many interesting classes being offered on campus, and I'm glad AmStud is a possibility to take them all.
My favorite thing about the American Studies major is the flexibility it gives me to pursue my specific intellectual interests, as well as explore other curiosities. The diverse range of (fascinating!) classes I can take to fulfill my major is a huge perk, too. I'm involved with The Stanford Daily and KZSU News, as well as serve as a Writing Tutor at the Hume Center. As you can tell, I love journalism and writing!
My favorite thing about American Studies is how flexible and interdisciplinary it can be. The core classes allow you build a strong base while at the same time allowing you to personalize it to your own interests. Tutoring elementary children
I'm interested in all of the classes listed in the history, english, political science and communication departments and American Studies is the perfect major to allow me to explore all of my academic passions. I also want to go to law school so it allows me to get a lot of practice in reading and writing papers for lengths on end. I am the voice of Stanford women's basketball for KZSU and a sports editor/writer for The Stanford Daily. Outside of Stanford I love to waterski!
American Studies give me the chance to explore my interests in economics and finance while also getting exposure to all the parts of American Culture I'm interested in. Hip hop dance, photography, jump-rope