The American Experience

Our history, culture, society and global impact.


The American studies degree is only offered at OSU’s campus in Bend.



Stories matter. Top global economists say we need more people who can translate complex information into human stories.


Critical thinking is the #1 skill sought after by employers according to NACE.

About the Degree

What does it mean to be American? Our nation is young, yet deeply complex in its history and societal culture. It’s a country in transition and ever-evolving.

In the American studies program, you’ll work with faculty with expertise in literature, history, politics and art, as you take courses in the humanities and social sciences. They’ll bring you a diversity of perspectives that will help you understand the American experience and develop the ability to think critically, globally and democratically, and to communicate persuasively.

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts in American Studies
Bachelor of Science in American Studies

Degree Requirements


A Strong Foundation for Your Future

The skills you’ll learn will help you navigate our information society and issues about equity, the natural environment and cultural diversity – and even spark new thinking and practices. Our alumni have gone on to work in business, education, the arts, law, medicine and politics – and pursued graduate programs in teaching, writing and other fields. Learn more.


Considering Law School?

After seeing families lose everything during the Great Recession, Andrew Ince 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 and continued on to law school. He now works as an attorney in Bend.

Many of our students plan to apply for law school after graduating and American studies is a great place to start.

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

Contact Us

Future students should connect with an admissions advisor for admission and program questions.

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Bend, OR  97702
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Phone: 541-322-3119