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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this major

American Studies is a unique field that examines the history, culture, society, laws, foreign policy and politics of the US. Units examine the US's evolution and why it is a dominant cultural and political force in the 21st century. From the study of America's government to its popular culture, you will be challenged to think creatively about the construction and meaning of American identity and power, while developing analytic and research skills that span the humanities and social sciences.

An American Studies major will give you broad, multi-faceted knowledge of this complex, diverse and dynamic nation and its relationship with the broader world. You will analyse the US using a variety of different approaches. In addition to core American Studies units, you can take cross-listed units of study from the departments of English, Film Studies, History, Gender and Cultural Studies, Government, and Music, and from the United States Studies Centre. With such diversity of perspectives, an American Studies major is a unique opportunity to learn a variety of disciplinary approaches and methodologies.

Undertaking a major in American Studies will give you access to the widest range of US-focused units of study and to the largest concentration of academics working on the US, of any university in Australia.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to theĀ Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Business and government consultant
  • Politician
  • Journalist
  • Publisher
  • International relations
  • Marketer
  • Public relations adviser
  • Researcher or historian
  • Policy analyst
  • Public service positions
Courses that offer this major

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Units of study in this major

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