William & Mary

American Studies

Located in historic Williamsburg, Virginia, The College of William & Mary has stood for three centuries at a crossroads of colonial expansion, national formation, and global migration. Not far down the road lies Yorktown, the site of the last major military engagement of the Revolutionary War. Even closer is Jamestown Island, the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America, and where the first African slaves arrived on the continent.

The American Studies Program offers students the opportunity to engage with the complex and diverse histories of cultural, racial, and national encounters that, like those of our local area, have come to shape the past and present of the United States, and the Americas. In a rigorous, yet flexible environment of intellectual inquiry, students develop the critical skills that allow them not only to pursue rewarding careers, but to serve as responsible citizens of the 21st Century.


Homecoming 2015 American Studies Reception

American Studies will host a homecoming breakfast reception Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 10:00 AM to noon in College Apartments.  There will be coffee, tea and other noshes, along with some of your old instructors on hand. We’d love to see you and catch up on your lives and fabulous achievements!  All are welcome. RSVP to cfmcgo@wm.edu, but feel free to drop in anyway!