Faculty Spotlight

ASE Congratulates Professors Oneka LaBennett and Karen Tongson on the receipt of their Dean’s Emblem Awards!


Alumni Spotlight

Christina Heatherton ’12, an associate professor of American Studies and Human Rights at Trinity College, discusses the history of capital, the making of internationalism, and her new book, Arise! Global Radicalism in the Era of the Mexican Revolution, which was officially published in October 2022 by the University of California Press.

Spring 2024 Course Offerings

American Studies and Ethnicity (AMST) Courses

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….

David Hernandez, B.A. Chicano/Latino Studies ’13
David Hernandez posing in front of a colonial styled building and shruberies.

Statement on Zoombombing

The Department of American Studies and Ethnicity condemns the recent racist Zoombombings perpetrated against our faculty and students, and others within the USC community. Read more.

New Graduate Certificate in Latinx & Latin American Studies

Studying transational politics, cultural arts, public history, imperialism, linguistic processes, migration, media, or race and ethnicity?  Check out our new graduate certificate program.

New Major in Popular Culture

We are launching our new major in American Popular Culture!  For more information about major, please check out the list of requirements here.  If you are interested signing up for the major, please contact Kim Vinson at vinson@usc.edu or by calling (213)740-2534 for an appointment.

Contact Us

Department of American Studies & Ethnicity

Located in Kaprielian Hall on the University Park campus, ASE faculty, graduate students, and staff are available to assist you with information and resources about our academic programs and research specialties.


University of Southern California

3620 South Vermont Avenue

Kaprielian Hall 462

Los Angeles, California 90089-2534

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