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Service and activism are common at Oberlin, as students prepare to box items for a local food bank. Photo credit: William Roane
Program Overview

Comparative American Studies

Program Type: Major, Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: Comparative American Studies

Our major in Comparative American studies uses interdisciplinary perspectives to guide students in their study of social, political, economic, and cultural processes within the United States as well as the role of the nation in a global context.

Why Study Comparative American Studies at Oberlin?

Program Faculty
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Variety of Courses
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Sample Courses

  • CAST 100 - Introduction to Comparative American Studies 4 credits
  • CAST 202 - Visible Bodies and the Politics of Sexuality 4 credits
  • CAST 217 - Introduction to Feminist Science Studies 4 credits
  • CAST 333 - Trans*Gender Studies 4 credits

Comparative American Studies Faculty

Faculty interests and research includes visual culture studies, comparative feminist theories and methodologies, human rights, environmental justice, green economies, and immigration.

Explore Faculty within Comparative American Studies

“As an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary program that illuminates some of the major challenges of the day—such as racism and anti-immigrant politics—so that we can better understand them and more effectively tackle them, CAS represents the exciting and urgent possibilities of a liberal arts education.”

Shelley Lee, Professor of Comparative American Studies and History
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Comparative American Studies News

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Pens and Needles

December 7, 2020
Students in Associate Professor Danielle Skeehan’s Early American Media and Identity course aren’t just bringing laptops and books to class. Required materials include Band-Aids, scissors, needle threaders, and kitchen sponges.
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This Week in Photos: Beautiful Artistry

November 19, 2020
A display of artwork by Studio Art seniors is shown to President Carmen Twillie Ambar. Her walk through Robert D. Baron ’64 Art Gallery was accented by sculptures and vibrant multimedia pieces. This visit is just one of the images featured in this week’s photo series.