I didn’t come to college with plans of majoring in American Studies. I actually didn’t come to UA with any knowledge of the American Studies program at all. I stumbled across this program like many students do: scrolling through the course catalog. While searching, I realized all of the classes I was considering to fulfill an elective credit had a common denominator—AMS. I registered for a class with the intention of satisfying that elective credit, but I immediately made the decision to add AMS as a second major on my first day of classes. I fell in love with the interdisciplinary methodology that offers a refreshing contrast to solely studying literature as an English major. Gaining deeper understanding of American culture has revealed how it interacts with the rest of the world, enabling me to better engage with other cultures in my professional future.

Grace Lewis