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American Studies serves as the academic focal point for the study of race and ethnicity in a national and transnational frame.

The department provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of racial categories and racialized experiences in the United States by encouraging close and systematic examination of a wide range of cultural and political narratives, and by creating structured opportunities to apply theoretical concepts in concrete settings of civic engagement.

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP

Civic engagement is an essential component of the American Studies major in the form of a required seminar, "Where Theory Meets Practice," in the junior year.

This course is taught by Professor Karin Aguilar San-Juan on the topic “Schools and Prisons.” Public scholarship entails sharing our training, skills, and interests as scholars and students with our peers on other campuses and also with interested members of non-academic communities in the Twin Cities.