American Studies

Our American Studies program and courses focus primarily on the history, geography, literature, and culture of the United States, while also exploring the nation’s government, politics, music, and art.


American Studies focuses primarily on the history, geography, literature, and culture of the United States, while also exploring the nation’s government, politics, music, and art.

American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that give students a solid understanding of the country and its diverse population and culture as well as its place in history and its impact on the world.

At a Glance

Degree options
Bachelor of Arts (BA), major or honours


At Mount Allison, American Studies is an interdisciplinary program drawing on courses in a number of subject areas.

These include:

  • American literature
  • American history from the colonial period, to the Civil War, to the present
  • Historical geography of North America

In upper years, students have the flexibility of choosing complimentary courses from a wide variety of topics with an American studies component, such as:

American Studies in available as:

  • BA major (60 credits)
  • BA honours (78 credits)
  • Minor in any degree (24 credits)

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?

The American Experience After 1865 history class


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Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.

Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.

With experiential learning and career development opportunities available in every degree, you'll also graduate with hands-on learning and real-world experience.

Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.

Popular career paths for American Studies graduates include:    

  • public policy analyst
  • foreign service officer
  • public relations specialist
  • immigration officer
  • economic development officer
  • demographer
  • international trade specialist
  • international business analyst
  • customs officer
  • market research analyst


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The interdisciplinary approach of the American Studies program is especially rewarding, as students are able to explore topics in geography, political science, sociology, history, and more as they explore the United States in both past and present times. The American Studies professors are experts in their fields and encourage students to personalize their degree.

American Studies, minors in Political Science and Sociology
Sudbury, Ontario
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The American Studies program at Mount Allison allowed me to further my knowledge on America through classes in history, literature, politics, and economics. What a student learns in American Studies is pertinent to many more aspects of academic and social life than people think. This program is a hidden gem at Mount Allison that I encourage you to discover.

History, minors in American Studies and English
Tatamagouche, NS



Bachelor of Arts

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