Global American Studies focuses on the study of American culture in an international context through both courses on national identity and globalization at UNC and coursework on America in partner study abroad programs. The experience of being an American abroad is critical to developing the comparative analysis as students see both how the world views America intellectually, but also experimentally. The goal is to understand the role of the US in the world and the influence of the world on the US.

Global American Studies Overview
Undergraduate Studies In Global American Studies
Graduate Studies In Global American Studies

Global American Studies Overview

By invoking the term “global” in association with American Studies, we do not mark a separate sub-field but map the reach of American cultures across political and geographical boundaries and through myriad exchanges and intersections. We encourage an engagement with “the global” that extends from the local and regional to the national and trans-national, and back again. We aim to situate the study of American culture in relation to both the recent effects of globalization and in recognition of the always-global character of “America.”

AMST 61: Navigating the World, Spring 2015, Professor Rachel Willis
AMST 61: Navigating the World, Spring 2015, Professor Rachel Willis

Undergraduate Studies

The major concentration in International American studies maps the reach of American cultures across political and geographical boundaries and through myriad exchanges and intersections. It encourages an engagement with “the global” that extends from the local and regional to the national and transnational, and back again. This major concentration aims to situate the study of American culture in relation to both the recent effects of globalization and in recognition of the always-global character of “America.”

You may look through a list of undergraduate courses for this major. You can also look through the course offerings by year and complete course listings. Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies with any questions.

Graduate Studies

Ph.D. students engage with international and comparative American Studies across their course work in the field, through opportunities to expand their understanding of the “place” of America in the world in other departments, in their selection of topics for further research, and in their interactions with American Studies scholars and students at leading programs around the world. The faculty in the International and Comparative American Studies area actively pursues opportunities to collaborate with other programs around the world.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, 2010 // Courtesy of Professor Berlinger