American studies or American civilization is an interdisciplinary field of scholarship that examines American history, society, and culture.
The date of the start of the history of the United States is a subject of debate among historians.
It traditionally incorporates the study of history, literature, and critical theory, but also welcomes research methods from a variety of other disciplines.
Critical theory is a school of thought that stresses the reflective assessment and critique of society and culture by applying knowledge from the social sciences and the humanities.
Scholarship in American studies has most often concerned the United States.
The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.
In the past decades, however, it has also sought to study other nations and territories in the Americas, as well as American interactions with countries across the globe.
Subjects studied within the field are varied, but often examine the histories of American communities, ideologies, or cultural productions.
Examples might include topics in American social movements, literature, media, tourism, folklore, and intellectual history.
Fields studying specific American ethnic or racial groups are considered to be both independent of and included within the broader American studies discipline.
This includes African American studies, Latin American studies, Asian American studies, American Indian studies, and others.
Native American studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that examines the history, culture, politics, issues, and contemporary experience of Native peoples in North America, or, taking a hemispheric approach, the Americas.
Asian American Studies is an academic discipline which critically examines the history, experiences, culture, and policies relevant to Asian Americans.
African-American Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field devoted to the study of the history, culture, and politics of Black Americans.