American Studies at Lehigh

Lehigh’s American Studies Program presents a dynamic curriculum that features disciplinary and methodological diversity in the study of American culture.

Our American Studies Program offers you:

  • A highly interdisciplinary curriculum
  • Close collaborative interactions between faculty and students
  • Access to internships, community-based research, historical collections, and the rich social landscape
  • A wide array of methodological opportunities, including critical analysis of film or literature, secondary data analysis, internet-based data collection, personal history methods, or content analyses of popular culture
  • Rigorous training in research, writing, and critical thinking – helping you to develop the skills essential for further graduate study or for work outside of academia

Lehigh University’s home in south Bethlehem, PA—a rapidly diversifying, post-industrial city --creates an excellent living laboratory for students interested in public history, documentary film-making, urban agriculture or urban policies.  To capitalize on these opportunities, Lehigh’s new Center for Community Engagement works closely with faculty and students to develop university-community collaborations

Program Details

The American Studies Program curriculum typically takes 2 years and includes:

  • 30 credit hours (10 courses)
  • A general theory and methods course
  • Optional but highly encouraged advanced methods courses in the humanities and social sciences
  • A flexible thesis requirement that includes traditional theses, scholarly papers, film and multi-media productions, archive development, and public exhibits

Students in American Studies can also complete graduate certification in specialized subfields such as Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Documentary Film.

Areas of Strength

Our faculty are internationally renowned scholars, media experts, and practitioners from a wide diversity of disciplines. Across disciplines we offer strengths in: