Professor Shire will be on sabbatical from July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.

Our two new American Studies undergraduate courses will be offered again this year!

  • In Fall 2019, Prof. Robert MacDougall  will be teaching AS 2310F: American Nightmare, An Introduction to American Studies on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Course Description: In the increasingly polarized culture of the U.S., one American’s dream often seems to be another American’s nightmare. This course introduces key ideas in American culture (including the American Dream, American Exceptionalism, and American Identity), and examines current socio-political movements such as Black Lives Matter, #Me Too, and White Nationalism.  2 lecture hours, 0.5 course. Antirequisite(s): American Studies 2320F/G


  • Also this fall, Prof. Aldona Sendzikas will be teaching AS 3310F: Advanced American Studies - Being American on Mondays from 2:30-4:30. Course Description:  What defines being “American”?  How is the American identity constructed, and how and why is it frequently contested?  This course employs an interdisciplinary approach to explore the meaning(s) and definition(s) of American identity from multiple viewpoints, and within the context of US history, politics, regions, values, and culture. 2 seminar hours, 0.5 course. Antirequisite(s): American Studies 3320F/G Prerequisite(s): 1.0 History course at the 2200 level or above or enrolment in an American Studies module.




 Paul Sedra

American Studies Speakers' Series:  join us on December 5th (12:30 p.m. in Lawson Hall Room 2270C) for "Trumpism at Work in the Middle East:  A Triumph for the Evangelical Lobby?", a presentation by Dr. Paul Sedra of Simon Fraser University.