American Studies

American Studies

Mission Statement

The discipline of American Studies is interdisciplinary in nature and experienced major growth in the United States after the 1970s. However American Studies also deal with regional studies including U.S. territorial issues. Nevertheless, as a country that did not have a feudal system, aristocratic society or a mediaeval period, and having developed a modern civil society that included slavery, an approach is required that has never been taken by traditional academics. If such an approach is not applied, it would be impossible for us to comprehend the culture and society centered on popular culture that the middle class has established.

ICU provides a suitable environment for American studies by offering the opportunity to study across a variety of disciplines using a multifaceted approach. By comparing and contrasting a number of fields, for example, politics and society, religion and culture, music and the economy, the uniqueness of America will become obvious. Students of this interdisciplinary research field will take foundation courses in order to gain a broad, overall perspective. They will also undertake various assignments using an interdisciplinary approach, thus discovering areas of interest within the field of American studies.

Learning Goals

Students will use their Liberal Arts education and English language education, and are encouraged to participate in the Exchange Program provided by ICU in order to understand the origins of the United States both objectively and empirically. Course requirements include the course "Introduction to American Studies", which will facilitate an understanding of the origins and characteristics of the U.S.A. These are followed by foundation courses such as, "Issues in American Culture", "History of the United States", and "History of American Literature" in order to gain capabilities in interdisciplinary research methodology. At the same time, students must take specialized courses that introduce American religion, education, language, and ethnicity such as, "Society and Culture in the U.S.A.", "American Prose", "American Poetry". Finally they must write their senior theses in English. Students may take courses relevant to American Studies at an American university through their participation in the ICU Exchange Program, which will be extremely worthwhile.