American Studies

Earn a bachelor of arts or science degree in American studies.

Alumnus Spotlight

American Studies to Law School


When the housing crisis hit almost a decade ago, the Occupy Movement inspired Andrew Ince to volunteer at the Central Oregon Social Justice Center in Bend. After seeing families lose everything, Andrew set out to be the best attorney money could buy — for those who couldn't afford it. He earned a degree in American studies from OSU-Cascades in 2015 and graduated from law school in 2018. He now works as a Deputy Public Defender in Bend.

About the Degree

Studying in the American studies major, you will engage contemporary questions about American culture in their historical and global contexts. You will examine these complex issues and processes through a variety of media — film, music, literature, history, politics and art. Because teaching faculty members come from several different disciplines, you learn to approach course objectives from many scholarly vantage points.

This kind of skillful thinking is more important today than ever before. Today, all of us are confronted with information from a variety of different sources—television, film, print and electronic news sources—and we seek to teach the strategies and the tools necessary to navigate the complexities of an information society. We are convinced that equipping you to navigate a global world means teaching the skills needed to reflect deeply on issues of equity, environment and cultural diversity. Across the country, American studies majors go on to apply knowledge in a broad number of fields, sparking new thinking and practices in business, education, art, law, medicine and politics.

Over and over again American studies graduates prove the immeasurable value and applicability of liberal arts training and education. We are certain that providing you with the skills and resources to think critically, globally and democratically is at the heart of what a modern university must do to achieve relevance for the world in which all of us live.

Degree Requirements

Sample Courses

A Cultural History of American Art and Literature
Intro to US Government
Intro to Sociology
Studies in Nonfiction
American Literature: Colonial to 1900
Political Thought
American Literature, Culture, the Environment
Native American Literature
Modern Political Thought
Environmental Law and Politics

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