The American & New England Studies Program (AMNESP) is a nationally recognized leader in American Studies, dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of US society in a local, national, and global context.
Our students and faculty study the disparate yet interconnected cultures of the United States as seen in the ideas and actions of its people, and as expressed in a range of forms, including culture, the arts, media, literature, and institutions. We are attuned to the global and national dimensions of the US experience, as well as to the particularities of the New England region. Our New England focus has placed us in active collaboration with many of Greater Boston’s cultural institutions. Intellectually vibrant, our program also seeks to give students, at all levels, skills that will prepare them professionally. Our large, prestigious Ph.D. program has produced professors, public historians, museum curators, and directors at major universities, museums, and other cultural and historical institutions. Our Preservation Studies M.A. and joint Law/Preservation J.D./M.A. provide training to effectively manage cultural resources. Our individualized B.A. program benefits majors and non-majors seeking a rigorous interdisciplinary experience. The skills and knowledge gained by an AMNESP undergraduate concentration can help students interested in careers in journalism, education, law, communications, business, and other fields.