About Us

Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan as viewed from the Empire State Building.


Welcome to the Program in American Studies at Western University! We opened in 1984 to promote a greater understanding of the culture, history, and politics of the United States. We have faculty associates drawn from many departments across campus, including Anthropology,  English, History, Information and Media Studies, Law, Music, Political Science, and Women's Studies. In 2005 we launched an interdisciplinary undergraduate program, and in 2010 Western became the first university in Canada to offer a Master of Arts program in American Studies. It remains the only MA program in American Studies in all of Canada.

In association with the Program in American Studies, Western faculty and students have travelled, attended conferences, and studied in the United States. The program has mounted a number of conferences, round-tables, and graduate student colloquia, and hosts dynamic speakers every year. 

We are proud to be one of the foremost leaders in American Studies in Canada.

Aldona Sendzikas and Laurel Shire, Directors