American Studies & Ethnicity

Welcome from the Chair

The Department of American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE) at USC is a multi-disciplinary department that investigates the multi-faceted problems of race, immigration, urban geography, culture, power, gender, sexuality and social justice. We engage students and the public to understand diversity, the consequences of disparity and inequity, and the enactment of community and...  Read more

Spotlight

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s first novel explores the Vietnam War through the lens of his conflicted protagonist, an American-educated spy for the Viet Cong. 

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Why Major in American Studies?

"I choose to be an American Studies and Ethnicity Major because I knew it would provide me with a different lens of how to best make sense of the world around me.  At the same time it has allowed me to establish: effective writing skills, critical thinking analysis, research skills, and all learning from an interdisciplinary framework.  In doing so, I feel that I have a variety of options...."  Read more

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Centers & Programs

  • Department of American Studies & Ethnicity
  • University of Southern California
  • 3620 South Vermont Avenue
  • Kaprielian Hall 462
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-2534