Lynn Sacco, History, Interim Chair
American Studies is a shorthand term for the cross-disciplinary study of culture and society in North America. Students in the field explore issues of racial and ethnic difference, structures of power, the arts, historical change, media and politics, sexuality and gender, social movements, material culture, and the role of the United States in larger global contexts. They do so drawing creatively on methods and approaches from several disciplines. UTK’s American Studies faculty represents more than a dozen different departments. Majors and minors take our introductory course (AMST 310 ) and then select from a long list of approved classes to develop a breadth of knowledge and depth of focus in their specific area of interest.