The American Studies Program at Kennesaw State University dedicates itself to crossing boundaries: disciplinary, social, cultural, and institutional. The program is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, focusing on the study of American cultures as they exist locally, regionally, nationally, and transnationally. With grounding in the content knowledge and methodologies from a range of fields, students are actively encouraged to pursue an understanding and critical analysis of the history, literature, arts, politics, language, philosophy, and social practices of the multitude of American communities.
American Studies is an interdisciplinary field which concentrates on the study of the Americas, with historical emphasis upon the United States. The goal is to analyze the social, historical, material, ideological, and aesthetic aspects of American culture, both past and present. American Studies traditionally incorporates knowledge from the fields of history, literature, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, and the fine arts among others.
Fields studying specific American communities such as African-American Studies, Chicano Studies, Latin American Studies, Asian-American Studies, and American Indian Studies are considered to be both included in and independent of the broader discipline. At Kennesaw State University, the American Studies Program is part of the Interdisciplinary Studies Department (ISD) which includes all of these fields and more. ISD is home to seven programs: American Studies, Latin American Studies, Latin American Studies, African-American and African Diaspora Studies, Asian Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Peace Studies, Religious Studies. Faculty from each of these fields teach in the American Studies program, mentor students, and advise capstone projects for students enrolled in the MA Program in American Studies.
The American Studies Program at KSU is a member of the American Studies Association (ASA) and the Southern American Studies Association (SASA).
Capstones from 2023
Capstones from 2022
The Vast Unsaid: Lesbian Erasure and Celebration, Kara Ireland
Capstones from 2021
The Stories We Tell: Gender-Based Variances in Recovery Narratives, Jessica McDaniel
Capstones from 2020
Jewish Identity on American Television and Viewer Attitudes in an Era of Rising Anti-Semitism, Jacqueline Winters-Allen
Capstones from 2019
Capstones from 2018
Stumbler (A Screenplay), Mark Green
Capstones from 2017
Secrets on Morgan Hill: A Story of an Unlikely Friendship Amid an Apartheid South, Camille Kleidysz-Ferreira
Jeep Nation: Wilderness Ideology and the American Icon, Kristy Ventre
Capstones from 2016
Time and Nationhood: The United States and Indigenous Nations, Frederick W. Tillman II
Theses/Dissertations from 2015
The Legends of Bigfoot: Or How I Regained My Manhood, Blaine McCarty
Theses/Dissertations from 2014
Japanese American Internment: A Tragedy of War, Amber Martinez
The Salzburger Story and its Legacy in Rincon, Georgia, Joann Trodahl
Theses/Dissertations from 2013
The Vietnam War and its Detrimental Effects on Chicanos, Juan Carlos Trejo
Theses/Dissertations from 2012
Place and the ESOL Student in the Middle School Environment, Michael Lee Irving
Theses/Dissertations from 2011
Preserving Roswell: The Voices of Historic Preservation in Roswell, Georgia, Emily Suzanne Fox
Exploring Dress and Behavior of the Emo Subculture, Kaci Schmitt